19th April 2019
On the 26th of March 2020, the Thai Prime Minister imposed a state of Emergency Decree regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in Thailand. We made the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily close until further notice.
It is predicted that tourism may not restart until September onwards which could leave us with at least a five month shortfall of visitors and due to us relying solely on visitor revenue to fund the food and care for our elephants, we are now fundraising to feed our elephants over the coming months.
We would be incredibly grateful if you are able to help us at this difficult time.
For more details, please click here: DONATE TO ELEPHANT FOOD
Our thoughts are with you all.
Stay Safe xx
We are a beautiful elephant sanctuary created by our CEO, 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 working 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 Southern Phuket by offering 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.
Come and observe our elephants as they roam and socialize peacefully throughout our sanctuary, and bathe and play naturally without crowds of people in the water.
Your visit ensures our work to rescue and save more elephants, and preserve the forests and its precious wildlife.
FEED - WALK WITH - OBSERVE
A true ethical elephant sanctuary -
we do not offer bathing with elephants,
we put our elephants first
Visit our beautiful elephant reserve in Chalong, Southern Phuket
30 minutes from Patong, Karon, and Kata
20 minutes from Rawai
15 minutes from the Big Buddha Hill
A sanctuary home for retired working elephants
Tree Tops is home to seven retired elephants, our youngest Fah Sai, is just 9 years old, and our eldest beautiful elephant Nam Sook (Grandma) is 65 years old.
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.
Why it is unethical & 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.