elephant trekking /  rides

Elephants are not actually designed to have a heavy chair strapped to their back for people to enjoy an elephant ride. Here’s a few facts about elephant trekking:

  1. Most elephant trekking camps in Asia offer elephant rides on wooden or metal chairs also known as ‘howdahs’

  2. Chairs are placed on the elephants back and held in place with thick rope around their stomach and under their tail often causing painful sores

  3. Any weight over 150 kgs puts immense pressure on the elephants back

EARS believes responsible elephant tourism can help to save the elephants throughout Asia, but ONLY if camps maintain the highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental enrichment.

EARS believes in giving practical and impartial advice to visitors wishing to visit elephant camps, some homing over 80 elephants. If tourists did not visit, the elephants and their mahouts would struggle to earn a livelihood.

Tourists however, do not have to ride elephants or watch elephants perform in degrading shows. Please take a good look through our website, read our dark side of tourism page, educate yourself about the cruelty inflicted to elephants at these camps. If tourists insist on spending their money on a lower impact alternative to enjoy their elephant experience, the tide of cruelty to elephants used in tourism will change.

Please read our Guide - “Things to know before you go!”.

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