Karen Tribe Native Elephants
is owned by the Karen hill tribe people. The Karen people have been known to be the main caregivers to the elephants for many decades. Sadly, over the years the elephants have been taken out of their natural habitat and put into camps. The Karen Elephant is now becoming endangered. Where there was once a lot of an elephant, the populations have become shockingly low.
Karen Tribe Native Elephants is striving to bring the elephants out of endangerment. We aim to bring the Karen Elephants back to the rainforest where they naturally roamed. We believe that in order for the health, needs and happiness of the elephants to be met, a proper environment is the most important factor. While you are with us, we will train you to be an elephant caregiver and show you how to interact with the elephants as the Karen Tribe does. This will give you an intimate and up close experience of how the elephants are loved and cared for by the Karen people since long ago.
Not only are you getting personal time with the elephants while you are with us, you are also caring for them and helping us restore the population as well. Another important aspect is that we are Karen-owned and we prioritize fair pay to our elephant handlers. As you will see, the process in caring for these gentle giants is not cheap. Some organizations take advantage of their employees by only giving them a small portion of what they could actually earn each day. This starts a chain effect; unable to care for their elephants because of unfair pay, the Karen caretakers are forced to sell them to industrialists who do not care for the well being of the elephants and therefore result in mistreatment. This can be practices such as being chained up in camps. We are dedicated to bringing the elephants back to their natural habitat, bringing income to the Karen villagers, and the elephant caretakers to stop this chain effect before it starts.