Meet Gluay Hom, a 10-year-old calf who arrived at Elephant Nature Park hunched, fearful, and broken-spirited. At an early age, he was separated from his mother to be trained as a circus elephant. There, he led a life of chains and poor nutrition. Infested with parasites and disabled from an infected stab wound, Gluay Hom was finally taken in for proper care.
Since his arrival at Elephant Nature Park, he's gained 300 kg and has transformed in body and spirit. He's doing so well, caretakers are talking about plans to reunite him with his mother!
As Gluay Hom's case proves, captive elephants live a desperate life, denied their social existence and forced into unnatural patterns of behavior.
This is why elephant conservationist, Lek Chailert, founded Elephant Nature Park in the Chiang Mai province of northern Thailand. Established in the 1990s, this unique park's goal has always been to provide a sanctuary for elephants. It harbors dozens of distressed elephants from all over Thailand, and welcomes other rescued animals including cats, dogs, pigs, goats, and buffaloes.
Today, due to the recent outbreak and spread of coronavirus, the park has closed to visitors. As a result, it is significantly more difficult for park staff to provide the best care for their 3,000 animal residents, like Gluay Hom.
You can help. Your gift today will go toward the cost of food for the elephants and other animals at the park. While coronavirus keeps visitors at home, you can help keep these elephants' big stomachs full. Give today!
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