Elephant Haven Sanctuary, Thailand
Elephant Haven was once a trekking camp providing tourists with elephant riding and entertainment, it has since been converted into a place where elephants can recover in peace and be elephants again.
The business of people using Elephants to acquire easy tourist dollars is ugly, abusive, shameful, and unfortunately quite profitable… but places like Elephant Haven serve both as sanctuaries for these animals and as necessary experiential education for tourists and animal lovers alike. They help shine a light on the need for us to reevaluate our relationships to this planet’s most wonderful creatures.
Upon our jouney to Thailand, we had the great pleasure of spending a few days at Elephant Haven, and experienced what it takes to care for these amazing beings. From prepearing food, to feedings them, to walking, playing, and washing them, we even helped shovel & clean up their massive amounts of poop! There is no doubt that the people of any animal sanctuary have their hands full. Saving animals is not cheap. Even though its highly rewarding, Elephant Haven still has to compete against the existing Elephant Trekking Camps that continue to win over bussiness by offering rides, and all kinds of sad entertainment provided by bo-hooks and years of abuse and submission.
In Thailand, in order to buy an elephant’s freedom the cost is approx $20,000 USD. And after it acquires its freedom it only gets more expensive. Food, shelter, vet bills, care-takers, up keeping facilities, and property for the elephants to roam lead to an endless amount of expenditures. And when putting the elephant to work is not an option to bring in revenue, sanctuaries rely on visitors and donations.
So, we ask that you help in any way you can. Every single dollar is worth something to the people of Elephant Haven. So thank you.
We believe that it is our duty to protect those in need and we've come to a point in our history where so many of our animal friends need the help of places like this. We hope to raise enough money to provide Elephant Haven with even just a little more financial assistance as they continue to lead by example.
We thank you for taking this time to watch the video, visit our gofundme page, and contribute to the change we all wish to see upon our planet. Lets stand together as one and speak for the voiceless, they need us as much as we need them.
Mark and Juliana Spicoluk
We should be solidifying specific dates with the sanctuary to deliver the money soon. But in the mean time we do want to put out a loose invite to anyone that might be interested to come join us at Elephant Haven Sanctuary in May (Kanchanaburi, Thailand). We're looking around the middle of May. It would be so great to meet some of you wonderful souls and for us all to share some quality time with these beautiful creatures. Feel free to email us if you think you might want to join. You can even join us for a yoga class along the River Kwai or on the grounds where we practiced last time.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. This has been so inspiring for us. And none of it would have been possible without all of you.
Love & Light
Mark and Juliana
We were looking into incorporating yoga into our lives and we found your video. I am hooked. Tomorrow will be the first day to start my vegan life. I was overwhelmed by your elephant video and have shared it with others. Thank you so much, you made my week and have allowed me to find the push I needed to finally make the final push from only fish to a true vegan diet.