Best places to see elephants in the wild
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At the start of the 20th century, Thailand had nearly 300,000 wild elephants. Because of the country’s rapidly growing population and land clearing for agriculture, fewer than 3,200 wild elephants live there now. Luke Duggleby, World Wildlife Fund
You’ll still find the largest wild populations in Kuiburi and Khao Yai National Parks and the Thung Yai and Huai Kha Wildlife Sanctuaries, along the border of Burma.
At conservation-focused Green Hills Elephant Camp in Burma, you can feed and wash Asian elephants, but won’t see any circus tricks or rides given.
Anton Vorauer, World Wildlife Fund
Elephants play an important role in keeping Thailand’s forests alive and thriving. Because elephants spend most of their times eating and roaming, germinating seeds are often spread through their waste, helping to maintain the integrity of forest and grassland habitats. Luke Duggleby, World Wildlife Fund