Set in an untouched environment away from the tourist-trail, come and interact with the majestic “gentle-giants” in their natural habitat.
Join the country’s oldest elephant hospital dedicated to those which have been victims of logging accidents and those affected by diseases. You can help rescue these endangered “gentle giants” and give them the care and love they deserve, all while enjoying the beautiful sights and natural surroundings of Sayaboury.
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Program Description – Elephant Conservation
Program Duration & Availability – Min duration 1 Week
Join this program to work up-close with mahouts, the ancient elephant caretakers of Asia, and get up close to the elephants as well as contribute to their well-being through various activities like bathing, trekking and assisting them at the elephant nursery, hospital, museum and more!
You will also share the life of the mahouts and learn more about the lifestyle of their centuries-old culture. Your program begins with our 3 days ‘Exploration’, then you will be asked to assist us in the Center’s development by participating in the many activities on site such as:
- Helping the vets and mahouts prepare elephant food
- Produce elephant dung paper
- Create handicraft with the paper
- Help clean the breeding area
- Assist in the kitchen and receive Lao cooking lessons
- Help our staff learn some English
- Maintenance work
- Photography and artwork
- And any other activities depending on the Center’s needs!
You’ll spend time with the Mahouts, who will be happy to share some of their secrets with you and offer you the chance to ride their elephant, bareback, to experience the creatures and feel the world from a mahout’s viewpoint. Hold on and try to get used to their swaying steps!
You will have the opportunity to take the elephants back to the forest where they spend the night grazing and sleeping. As you stroll together with these magnificent creatures into the dense forest of Nam Tien, remember to take a moment to appreciate your surroundings! This is the REAL land of elephants! Your guide will also give you an overview of the biodiversity of our protected forest.
You’ll have opportunities to attend the elephant’s’ daily bath and learn more about our giant guests’ playful characters. Elephants are surprisingly good swimmers and love water. During bath time you will also get to witness the full display of the unique bond between the mahout and his elephant!
After a short boat trip on the lake, you will then discover our nursery. It is located in the forest where the baby elephants are learning how to sustain themselves, closely watched by their mother.
At sunset, board our boat for a relaxing cruise on the Nam Tien Lake. Enjoy fresh drinks and snacks, go for a swim or simply stare at the amazing environment around you. An unforgettable and entertaining experience with our friendly staff!
Our veterinarians and biologists will take you into their world and they will explain the field and research work they undertake in Laos and the region. Through the visit of the only Elephant Hospital in Laos, you will uncover the conservation efforts being made by ElefantAsia NGO.
You will have free time to walk the elephants back to the forest, visit the elephant museum, cruise on the lake on kayaks and go for a swim every-day. You can also choose to watch a movie on elephants or simply sit on a viewing platform and observe baby elephants as they graze and socialize!
Aims & Objectives for Equine Therapy Chiclayo
- Assist the efforts of conserving these endangered elephants in the wild
- Give you an authentic experience in a jungle setting
- Help you appreciate and bond with these beautiful animals