The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre is much more than just a tourist complex. The centre uses tourism as financial ground in order to rehabilitate the elephant in Thai society and thus save the species. The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre hosts each year tourists from all over the world for periods of three days.
Lost in lush greenery 35 kilometres north of Lampang, the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre is a haven of peace for the elephant. Created in 1993, the centre has 70 elephants, collected or born on the spot, and works with a hundred employees working on three sectors, the elephant hospital, and the training centre for mahouts (trainers), and the tourist destiny to amaze and educate the many visitors whose entrance fees contribute to live the centre.
Each day, the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre offers impressive and entertaining performances that reveal the extraordinary capabilities of the elephant and close complicity he may have with the mahout.
The duo engages in demonstrations of force in pushing, rolling and raising trunks of trees. The performances are also held sporting exploits, with the aim of shooting or the balancing act. Some mahouts even put a brush in the tube of their companion to make a figurative painting. It was a mahout who developed the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. Prasop Tipprasert has devoted his life to majestic pachyderm.
While the place of the elephant in the world of men was increasingly called into question, Prasop managed to find a vein in the tourist, a breeding ground for this refuge and also a great springboard for the rehabilitation of pachyderms.
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