PHUKET’S FIRST & MOST ETHICAL ELEPHANT SANCTUARYWe are pioneering ethical elephant tourism on the island and rescue sick, injured and old elephants who spent their entire lives working in the logging and tourism industries. Endorsed by National Geographic and World Animal Protection, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a final home where rescued elephants have the freedom to roam, bathe, forage and socialize freely
Our new, 600-metre-long and 6-meter-tall canopy walkway is the only one of its kind in Phuket and takes ethical elephant tourism to new heights – literally! To provide the elephants with maximum freedom to naturally roam, forage, bathe and socialize in the jungle below, visitors can now observe them both from above as well as from a safe and respectful distance whilst hiking through our 30-acre sanctuary as part of our guided tours..
We also offer a dedicated PES Canopy Walkway Program. Watch a trailer below and click here for more info.
Bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary offers a true final 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.
The Freedom and Happiness for the elephants are our top priorities. We offer full-time veterinary care, 30 acres of lush, tropical land for the elephants to roam, forage, bathe and socialize, and a dedicated team to prepare supplementary food and look after the wellbeing of the herd.
Your visit supports our work and guarantees to leave you inspired, transformed and in awe of these majestic animals.
Introducing our beautiful elephants; get to know who they are, where they came from, and how they transformed into sanctuary life.
Meet Than-Tawan, a brave 70-year-old elephant with a story of strength and resilience. Originally from the Surin province, she faced challenges after being sold to one of Phuket’s largest riding camps in 2015. However, on December 14, 2023, we rescued her, offering a new beginning at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
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.