Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is home for 35 elephants, who have been rescued from the tourist and illegal logging industries. Here they live in their natural habitat without being exploited. Navann is a 1-year-old elephant calf, who stays in the park with his mom. He is a little troublemaker and he loves being around people. This time Navann left his mother’s side to enjoy a refreshing bath. Watch what happens when the worried mama finally finds her mischievous calf, it’s hilarious. Please, LIKE and SHARE.
Elephants in Thailand are a big part of tourism. Wild calves are often taken away from mothers to be domesticated. Their owners break their spirit and make them work their whole life restrained by pain and fear. Elephant Nature Park allows those abused animals raise their calves in safety while recovering from the cruel past. The sanctuary doesn’t have any shows performed by elephants, you can’t ride the animals either. The visitors come here to watch these gentle giants in their natural habitat, they are also allowed to feed, bathe and even stay for a night in the sanctuary. The founder of Elephant Nature Park, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, dedicated her life to saving elephants. Lek is known worldwide for advocating for the rights and welfare of the Asian elephants in Thailand. In 2001 she was named “Hero of the Planet” by Ford Foundation. After National Geographic filmed a documentary Vanishing Giants, about Lek’s work, she was given the Genesis Award by the Humane Society of the United States. In 2005 Time Magazine named Lek one of the Heroes of Asia for her work in conservation. In 2010 she was invited by Hillary Rodham Clinton to Washington, DC. She was honored as one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation. Besides elephants, Lek also saves dogs. The great flooding in Thailand in 2010, made thousands of street dogs struggle to survive. Over 2000 dogs were rescued from roofs of houses. Lek provided shelter for more than 150 of them.