We work hard to rescue elephants from tourism, return them to the forest and educate our community on sustainable tourism to combat illegal trade.
Our sanctuary is run by Kindred Spirit Elephant Foundation, a registered NGO in Thailand. We opened our doors in May 2016, with the aim to bring as many elephants as possible back to their natural habitat and, at the same time, to work on educating both the public and the locals about elephant treatment and try to combat illegal trade. We, at KS Elephant Sanctuary, are passionate about elephant welfare and want our elephants to live their lives as naturally and with as little human influence as possible. We do not promote elephant rides or any form of elephant performance.
We also work very closely with the community of our village where the sanctuary is set. We provide an income for our community by creating homestays for the volunteers to stay, renting land and creating jobs. We give back to our wonderful community by teaching English at the school, to the families of the homestays and to the mahouts.
KS Elephant Sanctuary has created an alternative to elephant tourism that will benefit all. Our elephants can live as natural a life as possible whilst our community can gain an income from homestays, cooking and driving. The mahouts are able to return home and live with their families instead of having to work in the tourist camps to provide money for their family. Furthermore, they are offered alternate jobs to still be able to provide for their families.