My day at Elephant Nature Park

Elephants are very large so they need a lot of sun to heat them up, so they usually are in southern Asia and Africa. A month ago I went to an elephant camp called Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The founder of the place was a lady named Lek. Lek in Thai means “small.” My family got to feed the elephants, touch them, learn about them and bathe them! Elephants are so much fun. The baby elephants were adorable.

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are a lot of elephant facts. Here are a couple that I think you might like:

1. An elephant’s skin is two inches thick, so predators can’t hurt them easily.

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. They bathe themselves with mud and water. (Parents I know what you are thinking, you wish your young ones would bathe themselves as well—without the mud, of course.)

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

3. The African elephant can be identified: stretched out, its ears are shaped like continent they live in, Africa. Asian elephants are very important in the religious and cultural history of the religion in which they live. In Thailand they are a traditional symbol of royal power.

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A couple ways can we help elephants are: do not support elephant poachers, never buy ivory, and donate to well-treating elephant parks. Ivory selling is banned in most places, but not all. So if you see any ivory, don’t buy it no matter how attractive it is, just tell yourself, “Don’t you dare buy that” and walk away.

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you would like to support the Elephant Nature Park website, head here. Well, bye for now or, in elephant language, brrrrr!!

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18 Comments

  1. Veggie Mama

    You’re so right, Tate – I do wish my kids would bathe themselves!

    Thanks so much for the fun facts about elephants, I didn’t know any of those! And I certainly won’t buy any ivory 🙂

  2. Marla Taviano

    Great post, Tate! I love elephants (especially babies). I think, if you pull out an Asian elephant’s ear, it’s shaped like India. We can’t wait to go back to Chiang Mai!

  3. Sarah Park

    Great article, Tate!! I love hearing about your family’s adventures from your perspective.

    Lucy was just telling me about a kind of fish that has two balls of ivory lodged in its head. Now what is THAT about??! 🙂

  4. Allie

    Hi Tate,

    Great post. It looks like you and your brothers had a great time with the elephants. I love your facts about how to identify Asian and Indian elephants. I knew they were different, but now I know how.

    Thanks! Looking forward to reading more from you soon!

    -Allie

  5. Maxine Tano

    Tate, I thoroughly enjoy your posts. You always write about really interesting subjects and include some educational information. Please keep it up.

    Can’t wait to read more!!

  6. Sarah

    Thank you for the great information! I recently read a book about elephants and have become very interested in learning more. I am jealous of how much you were able to interact with them. You are an awesome writer. Keep up the good work!

  7. Karen Henegar

    i love reading about your adventures. You make it interesting to hear how you are viewing the things you are learning. Keep up the good work.

  8. HokieKate

    Tate, my one and three year old daughters loved this post!

  9. Karen Hamilton

    Thank you for your blog. I learned a few things about elephants.
    Looks like you are learning many things wherever you go. Thanks for sharing what you are learning

  10. Jen Larson

    Great post! I love the pictures – it looks like you all had fun!

  11. Jenine Herrell

    Nice job, Tate! My 12 year old’s favorite animals are elephants (the other favorite being penguins). I’ll show her your post tomorrow. I’m sure she’s going to love reading about them and your experiences traveling. 🙂

  12. Jennie Germann Molz

    What a great post about the Elephant Nature Park, Tate! Visiting this park and learning about the elephants was probably the highlight of our trip to Chiang Mai. You really captured how special this place is in your post. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful time!

  13. se7en

    That is just the best post ever. Love it. I love the the photograph of the three of you standing next to the elephant, what special memories you are creating!!!

  14. Mia Purdin

    Great job Tate! I showed my son the pictures of your trip to see the elephants and he loved them. I think it’s awesome that your family went to a park that treats the elephants so well. Can’t wait to read your next post!

  15. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Tate, I think you learned more about elephants than I did when I was in Chang Mai many years ago! Thanks for bringing back those good memories with your post.

  16. Stacey

    I love this post, Tate! Thank you for sharing what you learned about elephants – fascinating! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures and sharing them with my kids.

  17. Betsy Zenz

    Thank you, Tate, for teaching us about elephants. My daughters and I just read your post together, and we are so inspired by what you are learning during your adventure around the world. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Jamie

    Tate, I loved this post and learned so much I never knew about elephants! Your sense of humor reminds me of Jonathan – we had fun playing with you in 2014!

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