A SANCTUARY HOME FOR RETIRED WORKING ELEPHANTS
Tree Tops is home to seven beautiful retired elephants, our youngest Fah Sai, is just 10 years old, and our eldest lady Nam Sook (Grandma) is an impressive 70 years. We are a beautiful elephant sanctuary created by Mr Wallop Joe P. Luengdhama who has spent 35 years in the tourism industry and has a deep love of elephants, and Louise Rogerson, who has worked with elephants in Asia since 2010.
We rescue and retire captive elephants who previously worked exhausting hours in the logging industry, or gave rides and performed in shows for tourist entertainment. We are pioneering ethical elephant tourism in the South of Phuket and offer visitors an Adventure of a Lifetime to learn about, love, and respect elephants through our compassionate and gentle approach.
We do not allow bathing with elephants as this is not putting the welfare of the elephants first. It is stressful for the elephants, dangerous for guests, unhygienic, and unethical.
Our tree-lined paradise offers a safe haven for an abundance of migrating wild birds, with daily sightings of egrets and eagles soaring the skies, butterflies and dragonflies dancing in the breeze, and our resident cats and dogs relaxing the day away.
Your visit ensures our work to rescue and save more elephants, and to preserve the forests and precious wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you into our world xx
FEED - WALK WITH - OBSERVE
A true ethical elephant sanctuary.
We do not offer bathing with elephants, we put our elephants first.
LOCATED IN THE SOUTH OF PHUKET
WHY IT IS UNETHICAL AND UNSAFE TO BATHE WITH ELEPHANTS
In the wild, elephants love to bathe in rivers, ponds, streams and muddy wallows. They need space to splash, roll around, submerge, and cover themselves in mud.
If people are in the water or mud crowding around the elephants, it is very stressful for them as it inhibits natural behaviours.
It is also unhygienic as the elephants urinate and defecate when in the water, and people may suffer from eye or skin infections and sickness.
Bathing with elephants does not put the welfare of the elephants first, which is why we do not offer this activity at Tree Tops.