Save The Street Elephants of Thailand- Make a Donation at Khao Yai’s Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC)
Dr. Alongkot Chukaew, Director of Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund (TERF) with Tongin, the elephant
Located in Khao Yai on Thanarad Road, the Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC), a project??established under?? the Thai Elephants Research and Conservation Fund (TERF), a non-profit organisation is home to a small population of domesticated Asian Elephants, together with their mahouts. The Centre aims to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants and most importantly, to improve the quality of Mahouts??? life through participation in knowledge gathering and creation activities, alternative and renewable energy research and development projects, and providing welfare support to their families.
Elephants eat about 10% (200-250kg) of their body weight daily (TECC, Khao Yai)
Unlike many other elephant camps within Thailand, there is no Elephant Show but visitors are encourage to make sincere donation to help feed and care for the elephants. The Centre also strives to educate the public about the importance of habitat and environmental preservation.
Thais believe that walking under an elephant brings good luck (TECC, Khao Yai)
According to Dr. Alongkot Chukaew, Director of Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund (TERF), there are approximately 2000 wild elephants and 3500 domestic elephants in Thailand. Domestic elephants were traditionally used in the logging industry but after the ban on logging, in Thailand in 1989, many mahouts turned to making a living from using their elephants for tourism or begging on the streets of big cities such as Bangkok. These animals are under constant threat of fatal??road accidents and starvation.
Elephant Riding for a good cause??at Khao Yai’s Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC)
The Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC) is located approximate 200m from the popular Palio?? Khao Yai (Little Italy) in Pak Chong district, Nakon Ratchasima province. The Centre is open year round, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Elephant Riding at Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC):
15 minutes ??? 200 THB
30 minutes ??? 300 THB
60 minutes ??? 700 THB
All revenue generated helps to keep the elephants and support the local mahouts.
Location Map of Thai Elephants Centre for Conservation (TECC)