Care for Elephants has been operating since 18 July 2015, with the aim of rescuing elderly elephants to come to live at the project. This ethical elephant project works in cooperation with Save Elephant Foundation and it was through Khun Saengduean Lek Chailert that they heard about Sai Thong, an old elephant in Chonburi province, who the owner wanted to sell and subsequently arrangements were made for her rescue. Lek provided a team of veterinarians and a truck for transporting her. Sai Thong’s journey from Chonburi province to Care for Elephants near Chiang Mai began in the afternoon of January 26, 2018, and took approximately 20 hours.
After Sai Thong came to her new home at the Care for Elephants, it took her a while to adapt to her new life and several months before she got along with the other elephants. Sai Thong has a habit of being possessive with food, especially fruit such as bananas and watermelons, perhaps because she’d been deprived of fruit for so long. Before her rescue, the main food that Sai Thong ate was corn and wild plants. At our project, we also prepare supplementary food for the elephants such as rice balls which contain ripe bananas, tamarind, sticky rice, corn, rice bran, salt and pellets for elephants. Sai Thong especially loves these health balls. Sai Thong’s teeth are quite worn, so the food we give her must be chopped into small pieces and easy to chew.
Sai Thong has a calm nature and also a tendency to copy the behaviors of other elephants. For example, when she sees another elephant rubbing against a tree she will often go and scratch herself against the same tree. Sai Thong will live at Care for Elephants for the rest of her life and will have the chance to spend time in nature, freely interacting and enjoying a more natural and happy life.
As a sponsor you will receive a sponsorship certificate by email and updates about Sai Thong with some photos every couple of months.