Lek accepts a playful smooch from Faa Mai's trunk.
January 22, 2012, 52 Comments

“Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be. The future is ours, you’ll see, que sera sera,” Lek sings softly to the baby elephant, Faa Mai, as she sits on [...]

Smooching the leathery trunk of Sri Prae.

Volunteers and a vet: an afternoon of healing elephants

January 15, 2012, 22 Comments

I stand, along with three other volunteers, watching one of the Elephant Nature Park’s veterinarian’s squirt antiseptic into the mangled f ...

My palace for the week at Elephant Nature Park

A room at the (primitive) Palace

November 7, 2011, 14 Comments

I don’t expect much when Jack hands me the key to my room, a hut in the Palace complex. On the Elephant Nature Park’s Web site, it states ...

An elephant heads down to take a bath

Floating elephant poo and other awesomeness

November 3, 2011, 32 Comments

“Ele poo! Look out, ele poo!” Jack screams as we wade into the rushing water, elephants at our side. Sure enough, there are huge balls of ...

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    Escape of the Week: An Ele Family
    September 21, 2011, 4 Comments

    Yes, another elephant Escape of the Week. Here’s the deal: I took about 500 photos of elephants, which is more than I took of any one city while I was [...]

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    Escape of the Week: A cool elephant
    September 12, 2011, 8 Comments

    I met quite a large number of elephants during my week at the Elephant Nature Park, an amazing sanctuary where captive working elephants go to live out the rest of [...]