Improving conditions for Elephants

Working with elephant owners and mahouts to improve welfare of captive elephants

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We could use your help

Whether joining us on the ground as a volunteer or choosing to support elephants by making a donation, your generosity makes a real difference for elephants

Elephants in Thailand

Thailand has a long history with elephants, used in warfare as early as the 15th century, transport, logging and elephant tourism. Logging is responsible for the loss of the majority of Thailand’s forests, and when it was banned in 1989 elephant tourism began to boom. Owning elephants is a substantial cost and so elephant tourism began from being able to capitalize on tourists’ desire to see, touch, and ride elephants when visiting the region. Despite being captive, these elephants are still large, dangerous wild animals, so pain and fear are often used to control elephants in order to keep tourists safe. Isara Elephant Foundation provides a sustainable, safe home for elephants to live a more natural life, and an alternative livelihood for families who want to transition away from using their elephants in the harsh tourist camps.

Our multifaceted approach to helping elephants

We support the elephants, the community, and the forest ecosystem.

The Community

The community benefits from development initiatives, sustainable income opportunities and education and more opportunities of community

The Forest

Elephants play an important role in forest health, with their seed dispersal and movements promoting new growth & overall biodiversity.

Do you have any questions ?

We would be happy to talk about our programs, what to expect
when volunteering, or how you can help! Please reach out.