Asian Elephant Projects

Providing a Better Life for Elephants

About Us

Asian Elephant Projects is dedicated to helping small, independent elephant tourism operators transition to ethical and sustainable programs which provide a better, more natural life for their elephants. By joining our Saddle Off model, elephant owners agree to adhere to guidelines designed to improve the welfare of the elephants under their care. In return, we provide essential support including qualified guides, transportation, booking, and marketing, in addition to veterinary care and elephant food deliveries.

Asian Elephant Projects is run by the experienced team at Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, founded by Saengduean Lek Chailert. Lek is an an award-winning conservationist who has been rescuing abused, old and injured elephants for over two decades and leads the movement towards the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia.

Our Objectives

Herd in the Jungle

Evolution of Elephant Tourism

Our programs are designed to create a non-stressful environment for the elephants by giving them the freedom to roam, socialize, and forage in natural surroundings, while offering meaningful activities to visitors that are both educational and fun.

The Saddle Off initiative is central to the evolution of elephant tourism promoted by Asian Elephant Projects. At the Saddle Off projects elephants are not ridden and do not perform in shows but instead guests have the chance to walk through the jungle in the presence of elephants, bathe them in the river, watch them take mud baths, and feed them fruit and vegetables. Visitors have the special opportunity to observe these remarkable animals interacting naturally – a fascinating experience!

As awareness grows about environmental impact and animal rights, more travelers are opting for responsible and sustainable elephant tourism. Your support is crucial in accelerating this shift and ensuring a better life for elephants in Thailand.

Karen Elephant Home Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai
Supporting Local Communities

Asian Elephant Projects supports small, sustainable operations that in turn support local communities through the purchase of food from farmers for both the elephants and for visitors, providing jobs for villagers, as well as promoting reforestation programs to restore and preserve the natural environment. Some of these projects offer a place where local Karen women can sell their traditional hand-woven textiles to visitors, which helps to support their families.

Our projects often attract good-hearted people visiting Southeast Asia with a genuine interest in not only the elephants but also the minority cultures, especially that of the Karen people, who have a long tradition of living and working with elephants. Volunteers actively participate in community projects at  Journey to Freedom by helping to build facilities, plant and harvest crops, care for the elephants, and teach English at local schools. This goodwill, along with the economic benefit of their participation, is helping to revitalize and preserve the traditional local culture in these small communities.

Karen Hill Tribe People
Asian Elephant Projects Karen Hill Tribe
Karen Hill Tribe Weaving
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