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Where to see elephants in Cambodia

Article by GVI

GVI

Posted: January 25, 2023

Are you looking for an adventure in Cambodia and want to see some elephants? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Elephants have been a part of Cambodian culture for centuries and they are truly magnificent creatures. But before we get into where you can see them, let’s talk about the importance of being mindful of the ethical considerations when interacting with elephants.

Questions about ethics

Unfortunately, many elephant sanctuaries and tourist attractions in Cambodia have been found to mistreat elephants in order to make them perform tricks or allow tourists to ride them. 

When choosing to visit an elephant tourist attraction abroad, it is important to do your research and ensure that the attraction is ethical and supports the welfare of the animals. One way to identify an ethical elephant tourist attraction is to look for certifications from reputable organisations such as the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) or the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). These organisations have strict standards for the care and welfare of animals, and attractions that have been certified by them are more likely to prioritise the well-being of the elephants.

Another thing to look for when choosing an elephant tourist attraction is whether or not the attraction engages in cruel practices such as elephant rides or shows. These activities can be physically and emotionally taxing for the elephants, and it is important to avoid attractions that promote them. Instead, look for attractions that allow visitors to observe the elephants in a natural setting and offer educational opportunities to learn about their behaviour and habitat.

Additionally, it is important to consider the ethics of the attraction and whether or not they prioritise the well-being of the elephants. This may include things like providing adequate space for the elephants to roam, providing them with nutritious food and access to veterinary care, and ensuring that they have enough social interaction with other elephants. Avoid attractions that keep elephants in small enclosures or isolate them from other elephants. By taking these steps, you can ensure that you are supporting an ethical elephant tourist attraction that prioritises the welfare of the animals.

Where can see elephants in Cambodia

The Mondulkiri Project

The Mondulkiri Project is an ethical and sustainable tourism initiative that aims to protect elephants and their habitats in the Mondulkiri province of Cambodia. The project works closely with local communities to provide an alternative livelihood for them, away from traditional practices such as logging and elephant trekking. The project operates an elephant sanctuary that provides a natural habitat for elephants and allows visitors to observe them from a safe distance.

The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project have been rescued from the logging or tourism industry and are trained through positive reinforcement. They are not kept in chains and are given enough space and natural environments to live in. Visitors can take a guided tour of the sanctuary and learn about the elephants’ rescue stories, as well as the conservation efforts to protect them.

The project also works to support the local communities by providing education and training programs, and by creating jobs in ecotourism. By visiting the Mondulkiri Project, visitors can have an unforgettable experience while also supporting the conservation of elephants and local communities in Cambodia.

Botum Sakor National Park

This park is located in the Koh Kong province and it’s a great place to see elephants in the wild. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the park on foot or by car, and I guarantee you’ll be able to spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, monkeys, and birds. The park offers guided tours for visitors, it’s a great way to see the elephants and other wildlife, and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. The cost for visiting the park is around $15 per person, it’s a great value for money.

Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary

This park is home to a population of wild elephants and other wildlife. You can take guided tours to spot the elephants in the wild and it’s a great way to see the elephants in their natural habitat, and to learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. The park also has some trekking routes that visitors can take to explore the park and spot the wildlife. The cost for visiting the park is around $15 per person. It’s a great way to spend a day and learn about the wildlife and the conservation efforts in Cambodia.

If you’re looking to see elephants in the wild, then you should definitely check out these national parks. Remember to keep a safe distance from the elephants and other wildlife, follow park rules and guidelines, and avoid disturbing the animals in any way.

Maybe reading all about the conservation efforts has got you wondering how you can contribute to the wellbeing of elephants directly? Consider volunteering with GVI in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here, you’ll work closely with local organisations to ensure the welfare of elephants and contribute to conservation efforts. It’s a great way to make a difference while having an adventure of a lifetime.

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