Thailand is a country that is well known for its animal attractions; however, not all these attractions are run ethically. With the average tourist being a lot more conscious of exploiting animals for commercial gain, many of them are being much more selective when choosing where to visit that has animals. There are plenty of places that treat their animals ethically, and below, you can see some of the best ones in Thailand.
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
No visit to Thailand is complete without experiencing the beautiful and majestic Thai elephants. Search for “ethical elephant Thailand” using the internet, and the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary will come up, and they have four locations around the country and is one of the best places to see these animals in almost natural surroundings. They have facilities in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Pattaya, making it easy to see the elephants no matter where you are going when you visit Thailand. If your idea of fun is getting to play in the mud and water with the animals, then this is something you will not want to miss.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
It was once a common sight to see people walking around with Gibbons all over Thailand, offering tourists to take a picture with the animals for a small charge, or sometimes a big one. However, Thailand is trying to preserve its native wildlife which is why these practices are being clamped down on by authorities, and ethical attractions are promoted. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project offers a refuge for gibbons and allows tourists to see them close and observe these fascinating creatures. The sanctuary is in Phuket, where the gibbons were close to extinction in the local area only 40 years ago, and it is one of the best ethical animal attractions in Thailand.
Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand is in Petchaburi province, central in the country and close to the border with Myanmar. There is a strictly enforced hands-off policy when it comes to the animals, but visitors can observe them in almost natural habitats. You can find a wide and varied selection of animals, including:
They provide shelter for over a thousand animals, which means there is plenty to see when you visit. Some of the animals are housed in the sanctuary temporarily until they can be released back into the wild, while others will be there for their natural lives. If you love animals and want to support a project for the ethical treatment of them, a visit to WFFT is an excellent way to show your support.