Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand

[caption id="attachment_401" align="alignnone" width="683"]Mae Sa Elephant Camp | Chiang Mai Trainer climb elephant, saw during elephant show.[/caption]

Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The key scene capture while saw the performance show.

This area of the Maesa Valley is home to the largest assembly of domesticated elephants in northern Thailand. Visitors can see the elephants working with their mahouts (trainers), bathing in the river and even painting landscapes!

The purpose of founding Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephants have been revered in Thailand for many centuries. Famous as the strongest beasts of burden, in Thailand they were important in battle, with kings mounted on Elephants fighting the Burmese to defend Thailand on many occasions. They have also been noted for their intelligence, memory and pleasant nature. A Thai legend has it that a marriage is like an elephant-- the husband is the front legs, that choose the direction, the wife the back legs, providing the power !

Maesa Nursery

As the number of elephants is lower, so Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand has dedicated  knowledge and expertise to help increase the number of elephants in the Thailand. Their success in reproduction of elephants is passed on via elephant nursery where the little elephant babies live with their mothers during childhood and their mahouts who fully provides care. They also promote succeeding to Thai elephant species in corporation with various organizations in study and development of elephant reproduction in both natural way and artificial insemination.

Elephant at Work

Elephant is the largest mammal surviving in the world at present. And Thailand is also another source of elephants. Elephants in Thailand are classified as the Asian elephant, in subspecies of India (Elephant maximus indices). Since the ancient time, the elephant was raised by men for many advantages such as a royal vehicle of kings in the wars, or even as worker in the forest. So, the elephant is considered greatly beneficial to Thai people. The current roles of the elephant have changed entirely.

Elder Elephant

The elephants, after retired, they led them free in the jungle near by Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand. They have to take care them because they do not know how to survive by In the past, There were not many people who knew, where did the elderly elephants live after they were not able to work. Where did they live and what did they do?What happened for their life. When they died, buried or cremated?.

So, if you travel and explore the Chiang Mai region, if have time, may think of spend half day time at Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Rest of travel photography taken during the trip, enjoy.

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