PHUKET’S FIRST ETHICAL ELEPHANT SANCTUARYPhuket Elephant Sanctuary is a final home for retired working elephants, set on 30 acres of lush tropical jungle. Observe how elephants rehabilitate into forest life after decades of abuse, and experience how incredible the largest land mammal on earth is during a day at our sanctuary.
Following our temporary closure from March to July 2020 we are excited to welcome you back to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. We have implemented a range of new health & safety initiatives to make your visit an enjoyable and safe experience, and you can read more about these initiatives here.
Thailand’s international borders remain closed for the time being, however Phuket is scheduled to welcome its first international tourists back in October 2020. Until then we welcome all domestic travelers to experience an unforgettable day at our sanctuary.
Despite the limited number of visitors who are currently able to visit and support our project, life at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary continues. Our dedicated team of mahouts, medical staff, gardeners, cleaners, builders and support staff continue to work tirelessly and passionately for the wellbeing of the 12 elephants that call our sanctuary their final home.
Until international borders reopen, here are 3 ways you can support us:
Bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary offers a new home for overtired elephants who have suffered from working long hours in the logging and tourism industry. As the first ethical elephant tourism experience in Phuket, we rescue sick, injured and old elephants, welcoming them back into their indigenous habit.
At Phuket Elephant Sanctuary elephants can just be elephants. Feed them pineapples and bananas, and observe these gentle giants as they enjoy their newfound freedom, socialize with each other and bathe freely in our expansive fresh water lagoons.
Your visit guarantees to leave you inspired, transformed and in awe of these majestic animals.
Elephants love to swim, cool off and splash in the water, and to cover themselves with thick mud. They like to do so alone or with fellow elephants. However, if people crowd around or interact with them during this bathing ritual, it becomes stressful for the elephants, preventing them from enjoying their time in the water and displaying their natural behavior.
To give the elephants the privacy they need and to enjoy their day as much as you, we built an Observation Sala overlooking our fresh water pond, from where you can witness the elephants enjoying their bathing time alone or with other elephants. This is a great photo opportunity and educational experience as you can observe the elephants behave naturally.
We do offer a brief interaction between visitors and our elephants during a feeding moment as part of the tour. This is a rare opportunity to get up close with the elephants and to capture some incredible photographs as they enjoy a few watermelons, pineapples, bananas or cucumbers.
Introducing our beautiful elephants; get to know who they are, where they came from, and how they transformed into sanctuary life.
Sri Nual is 44 years old and grew up working in the tourism industry here in Phuket. In 2017 she was initially rescued by a smaller sanctuary on the island, but during Covid-19 the sanctuary decided to close and we had an opportunity to adopt Sri Nual. She arrived together with Dee Lerd, who previously lived at the same park.
Richy was known as our “grandma” at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Originally from the Ranong province bordering Myanmar, she spent decades in the logging industry carrying logs as heave as her own body. the logging industry carrying logs as heave as her own body.