Millions of tourists travel to Asia every year and most will want to have an encounter with an elephant, whether that is taking a ride or having a photo with a baby elephant, or maybe even watching elephants performing in a show.
In Thailand, elephant tourism is now a booming industry. There are many factors to consider and we would urge anyone who has “riding an elephant” on their bucket list to please RESEARCH carefully before your trip.
While planning your travels, it is important to remember that elephants working in the tourist industry are not domesticated animals, they are captive wild animals, even after several generations they still maintain their natural instincts and behaviors. Domestication is a breeding process where the required characteristics are identified and animals with those characteristics are bred together over many generations. This has NEVER been done with elephants.