Playtime for Thailand’s Rescued Elephants

The residents of Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand, have cause to celebrate. The 250-acre park—which is home to roughly 40 injured, disabled, and orphaned elephants of all ages—installed a new elephant-sized playground.

The park is equipped with tires hanging from wooden posts, and the elephants excitedly kick and push their new toys around. It is a far cry from their days performing in the streets of Bangkok or sweeping for Burmese landmines, which left many elephants with mental and physical scars such as depression, blindness, and mangled extremities.

Lek Chailert, the park’s founder has garnered numerous awards for her conservation work, including being named Asian Hero of the Year by Time magazine in 2005. For more information about Elephant Nature Park, go to

This article was originally published at The Wildlife Society News

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