This Nature Park in Thailand is a fantastic sanctuary. Abused and overworked animals are being treated with love and respect here. They live in their natural habitat, but get very attached to their caretakers. Darrick is one of the caretakers and also a husband of the founder of this sanctuary. He calls out for a calf, named Kham-Lha, but she doesn’t come alone. Such a precious moment! I would be on cloud nine if I got to experience this. Please, enjoy and SHARE.
The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals. Tourists and volunteers are offered to feed the elephants, walk with them through the dense mountain forests witnessing their natural behaviors and sense of freedom, clean them, and even sleep by the herd.
One of the most exciting projects at the park is the restoration of the rain forest. 25 acres of the mountainside will be planted every year for the first 5 years.
This sanctuary is also focused on educating visitors, schools and interested parties. Emphasis on the endangered local species is presented in an entertaining and constructive manner.
The sanctuary works independently. It provides employment to the locals, purchases local goods, and works to benefit the animals and nature in general.
The park has received numerous awards including the one from the Smithsonian. The founder, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, who dedicated her entire life to saving animals, was named “Hero of the Planet” in 2001 by the Ford Foundation, and “Asian Hero of the Year” by Time magazine in 2005. In 2010, she was honored as one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation. Lek and the park have been featured in many international publications including National Geographic magazine as well as feature documentaries from such respected production companies like Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC, CNN.