COVID-19’s wide impact is now being felt by Thailand’s 4,000 captive elephants. Revenue from tourism has dried up meaning that those caring for the animals can no longer afford to feed them. With no support, the elephants face starvation, being put on the streets to beg or being returned to the illicit logging business (which officially banned the use of elephants in 1989).
Lucy Field, from Trunk Travel, lives in Chiang Mai and knows and works with many of the elephant camps. She says ‘Funding is needed to provide healthy feed and much needed welfare for these beloved animals’ adding that other animal sanctuaries around the world face the same situation. Trunk Travel provides virtual dates with elephants with funds raised going directly to support the animals.