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Elephant Nature Park

Published April 25th, 2012

Elephant Nature Park - a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants - is nestled in spectacular scenery north of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Sangduen "Lek" Chailert, a small woman with a very big heart, founded the park and works relentlessly to help elephants.



If you visit Thailand, please do not attend elephant shows or elephant trekking. The pajaan (= the "training" young elephants suffer in order to perform those activities at a later stage) is dreadful and heartbreaking. It consists of breaking the elephant's spirit, and is nothing but horrible. Many elephants do not survive it. Take the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park instead! Nothing is more beautiful than to see rescued elephants roam in freedom surrounded by their new herd and people who love and help them. If you want, you can volunteer in the park for a week or two. I promise you that it is an unforgettable experience!



Read about the cause here: www.elephantnaturepark.org
Want to sponsor an elephant? www.elephantnaturepark.org/adpotanelephant.htm
On Elephant Nature Park's website you can also help in other ways, for instance by buying a medical kit or a meal for an elephant.



PS: The young elephant you see on some of the photos is Faa Mai, a 3 year old girl and the first elephant to be born in the sanctuary.

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Trust

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Best friends

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Joy

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Oooops

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Family fun

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We all need some time for ourselves

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A new start

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Free

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Good morning

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Where no one can see...

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The happy herd

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Putting on sunscreen

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The banana follower

Complicity

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Faa Mai and Lek. And lots of love.

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Lullaby

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Holding on

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Mutual protection

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Tranquility

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VIP service for Faa Mai

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The arch

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Ratee sawat

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Happiness

Credit: Tera Kaylen Wages

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Testing the hairdryer :-)

Credit: Tera Kaylen Wages

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The Icelandic kiss

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Rescued

One of the many rescued dogs in the park

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The elephants' friend

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More inhabitants of the park...

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Mudpit walk with the rescued pig

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The tire

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Snack on the beach

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Ready for bananas

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Hey! It's 11.30. Where are my watermelons?

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How to make a new friend...

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It works every time :-)

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Bananas, always bananas

Bananas are good as treats, but also for making the elephants stand still when being treated by the vets at the clinic.

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Feeding time

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Not just one at the time, please

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From the elephant kitchen

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Delivery!

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Three stars cuisine for elephants

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Empty baskets, happy elephants.

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One of the smallest animals in the park

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Getting to know each other

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Unforgettable moments

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Lunch

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Never too close

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Tenderness

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Four-leaved clover

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Trunks are heavy, so...

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Scratching post

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Chilling

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Courage

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Lek

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Always there

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The helping hand

Faa mai is 3 years old and love when Lek sings "Que sera sera" to make her fall asleep. How sweet is that?? :)

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Hungry eyes

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Spring collection 2012

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After the bath

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The hug

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Que sera sera...

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Two of my new friends :-)

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Bliss

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The luckiest girl in the world

Credit: Tera Kaylen Wages

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Stem-Images
Gary H  over 4 years ago
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Amazing photographs for an amazing cause.
PhoebeWang
Phoebe Wang  over 4 years ago
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thank you!! I learned so much from your pictures, they all speak for the beauty of love~ thank you so much for these precious pictures!
AdeleStuart
Adele Stuart  over 4 years ago
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Amazing pictures at an amazing place!
MahPuppeh
Kiefer Pup  over 4 years ago
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Beyond stunning. I am simply blown away by this collection!!
JoeCarwile
Joe Carwile  over 4 years ago
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Very nicely done! I'm used to seeing emotions in people, but these images are simply fantastic.