Doctors at the elephant hospital work to save the life of one of our precious patients
The elephants of Thailand are in distress. As the last centenary continues to fade into memories unfortunately so does the economic need for elephants.
This time 100 years ago there was over 100 000 domestic elephants in Thailand. Used as the heavy lifting equipment of the day, these elephants hauled the precious teak wood to sell to The West, they worked on the farm hand in hand with farmers to put food on plates, they helped build bridges, houses, railway lines and in Military service along side human soldiers helping keep Thailand independent.
Sadly the glory days of the elephant have gone. With the invention of better and better machines and the outlawing of logging in 1989 there has ceased to be an economic place for the thousands of elephants.