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Green Trails Elephant Tours
Our elephant tours are as elephant friendly as possible and educational. The Asian elephant is on the IUCN red list of threatened species. It is listed as Endangered (EN) because of a population size reduction inferred to be at least 50% over the last three generations, based on a reduction in its area of occupancy and the quality of its habitat. Although there are few accurate data on historical population size, from what is known about trends in habitat loss/degradation and other threats including poaching, an overall population decline of at least 50% over the last three generations (estimated to be 60–75 years, based on a generation time estimated to be 20–25 years) seems realistic.
There is a long history between humans and elephants in Thailand. People have captured elephants from the wild and “domesticated” them for centuries. Elephants worked for humans as pack animals and in forestry and even served as “war elephants”. Nowadays the only employment for elephants is in tourism, sadly enough. There is no realistic alternative. In Thailand elephants are almost sacred animals although often their treatment by human beings implies something else. Tourists want to see and meet elephants and we do our best to do that in a way that is beneficial to the welfare of the involved elephants in the short and long term.