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These beautiful Elephants were rescued from cruel and unfair conditions in the logging and trekking industry in Phuket. @phuketelephantsanctuary is making a difference in the tourism industry by being the first ethical elephant tourism in Phuket. Please, if you visit Phuket visit @phuketelephantsanctuary and help change elephant tourism in Thailand โค๏ธ #kannikaepephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #baanyenelephant

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THE PASSING OF BAAN YEN

My heart goes out to Louise, all the staff at @phuketelephantsanctuary and most importantly, to Madee and Kannika who took Baan Yen under their wing after her arrival in December.

As hard as it must be to say goodbye to such an incredibly beautiful animal, Baan Yen was one of the lucky ones. Whether it lasts weeks, months, years, every captive/working elephant, wherever in the world they may be, deserve the care, compassion and love Baan Yen felt at PES.
Rest in peace, you magnificent lady. xxx

For more information on Baan Yen's passing, please see Louise's words below: "BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY" [MAR. 16TH] "It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain. "We held a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home. "We were due to post this lovely video of her today called โ€˜An Afternoon With Baan Yenโ€™ and this is how we wish everyone to remember her. Regardless of her physically and emotional trauma, she was the most happiest with Kannika and Madee whom she absolutely adored. "We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss. "Thank you for your support." #baanyenelephant
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Got this sad news earlier today Baan Yen has past away ๐Ÿ’” I will always remember this little walk with you โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ Story from @phuketelephantsanctuary: "BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY

It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain.
We held a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home.
We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss.
Thank you for your support. "#baanyenelephant
#phuketelephantsanctuary #tpwf @phuketelephantsanctuary

THANK YOU FOR THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR BAAN YEN.
We are overwhelmed with the hundreds upon hundreds of messages that we have received both locally here in Thailand and around the world for beautiful Baan Yen. She passed away just two days ago and whilst her death will take time to accept, your heartfelt messages have shown us just how much Baan Yen meant to you all.
There is a solemn air at the sanctuary but we have our daily tours and our other adorable elephants to focus on which is getting us through. Our mahouts are heartbroken at loosing one of their elephants, and Khun Nong, our tour guide, brought about a one minute silence at the Tree Top Reception yesterday for our guests and all of us at the sanctuary to remember Baan Yen. There were many tears.
What comes from losing an elephant is a grief, heartache, pain, and emptiness, mixed with completely opposite emotions, particularly anger. Baan Yen worked hard her entire life and it leaves us asking ourselves why should these intelligent, majestic animals be so badly mistreated by humans that they die of their injuries.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is here to offer tourists an alternative elephant experience. We are a home for sick, injured and old elephants that have reached the end of their working lives. We are a true sanctuary where the needs of our elephants come first and where people from every corner of the world can visit us to learn about and observe elephants just being elephants.
Baan Yen is a symbol for the many elephants who are working their whole lives for tourism entertainment.
She was deeply loved, she knew she was in a safe place, her soul is now free, and her memory will live on with us forever.
This photo we feel captures Baan Yen so perfectly. It was taken by Jessica.J Photography who visited us recently. *For anyone wishing to read Baan Yen's story from the day of her rescue on 14th December 2016, please put the hashtag #baanyenelephant into the Facebook or Instagram search and all her posts will be listed. ๐Ÿ“ธ @jessica.jphotography
Thank you again.
www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

#PhuketElephantSanctuary #BaanYenElephant #Phuket #Thailand #EthicalTourism

Such an amazing experience ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™ This is Phuket's first ethical elephant sanctuary. They rescue elephants that have endured abuse due to tourism. No chains, no riding/trekking, no bathing, no performing etc. "Simply feed, walk, and observe these beautiful elephants as they roam throughout the sanctuary, socialise and bathe naturally in the huge fresh water lagoons, and cover themselves in lovely thick mud". Such a heartwarming experience to see these gentle giants enjoying themselves. Please support their efforts when visiting and fight against elephant cruelty ๐Ÿ’™
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Life is beautiful here @phuketelephantsanctuary! These beautiful souls are out here rescuing elephants and giving them a chance to be free. #madeeelephant #kannikaelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #phuketelephantsanctuary #observingelephants #ethicaltourism

Elephants are beautiful gentle giants ๐ŸŒŸ elephants are my soul creature, I feel there is just something I feel so connected with ๐Ÿ˜ blessed I got to experience today ๐Ÿš #adventure #phuketelephantsanctuary #ethicaltourism #beautiful #serene #amazing #experience #kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #observingnature #observingelephants

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Such an amazing experience ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™ This is Phuket's first ethical elephant sanctuary. They rescue elephants that have endured abuse due to tourism. No chains, no riding/trekking, no bathing, no performing etc. "Simply feed, walk, and observe these beautiful elephants as they roam throughout the sanctuary, socialise and bathe naturally in the huge fresh water lagoons, and cover themselves in lovely thick mud". Such a heartwarming experience to see these gentle giants enjoying themselves. Please support their efforts when visiting and fight against elephant cruelty ๐Ÿ’™
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#phuketelephantsanctuary #ecotourism #ethicaltourism #observingelephants #happyelephantworld #elephants #thailand #explorethailand #explorephuket #visitthailand #southasia #asia #visitsouthasia #KannikaElephant #MadeeElephant #DokGaewElephant #GaewTaElephant #BaanYenElephant #elephantsanctuary #elephantretirementpark #2017AsiaTrip

Had the most magical day meeting the seven lovely ladies of @phuketelephantsanctuary - the first ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. The elephants were rescued from incredible suffering while working in logging and tourism. Thanks to the founders/staff here for providing a wonderful home for their retirement โค๏ธ

Life is beautiful here @phuketelephantsanctuary! These beautiful souls are out here rescuing elephants and giving them a chance to be free. #madeeelephant #kannikaelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #phuketelephantsanctuary #observingelephants #ethicaltourism

So today I met this beautiful soul!
I cannot recommend @phuketelephantsanctuary enough. As tourists to the wonderful land of smiles we have choices.....these animals have been rescued from hard-working & painful lives of entertaining for humans self indulgent pleasures:(
We found a gem of a sanctuary & got to see these majestic animals doing what elephants do naturally. This was as close as we were allowed - the rest of the time we followed them.
They led & we followed ๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜
(P.s ....gum boots, not long socks ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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Animales en estado de libertad total, lejos del abuso humano sin lรญmites. Fui testigo del enorme trabajo de los voluntarios en el santuario, ver cรณmo llegan, muchos ciegos..fracturados y estresados (circos, paseos arriba de ellos, exposiciones) y cรณmo mejoran es emocionante. Sigo afirmando, Sin demanda no hay oferta.

Those obligatory "we saw the elephants" pics. If you're in Phuket, visit #phuketelephantsanctuary , their mission is very meaningful and rewarding. Every elephant here has a tragic story. They've each been given a second chance at a more dignified existence. #ethicaltourism #observingelephants #kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #secondchances #phuket #thailand #elephantlove @tracytsai26

Elephants are beautiful gentle giants ๐ŸŒŸ elephants are my soul creature, I feel there is just something I feel so connected with ๐Ÿ˜ blessed I got to experience today ๐Ÿš #adventure #phuketelephantsanctuary #ethicaltourism #beautiful #serene #amazing #experience #kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #observingnature #observingelephants

Today I was happy.
I saw elephants in their natural habitat. I was able to see my reflection in her eyes, without her being shackled to a post, or hit to get closer to me.
She was free to do as she pleased & she chose me, I looked her in beautiful brown eye, realising the that she too has a beating heart, feelings & love inside her.
I felt safe in her presence.
Happy.
Alive, & free she was.
We moved with them & followed their footprints, respecting them. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• If you have been brutally beaten but still have the courage to be gentle to others, than you deserve a love deeper than the ocean. โค๏ธ#kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #baanyenelephant #phuketelephantsanctuary #observingelephants #ethicaltourism #adventure #love #bliss #serene #gentlegiants

I still can't believe our wonderful day yesterday with @phuketelephantsanctuary
Did you know as an Asian elephant gets older their head sinks a little more. So the longer the elephant face, the older the elephant!!
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Just spent today chilling with these big beauties @phuketelephantsanctuary
It was so nice to spend an afternoon learning about the elephant industry here and seeing people change that for the better
We read that you observe the elephants from a distance, but neither of us thought it many just a few meters! It was beyond incredible!
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Olifantenopvang ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒ #phuketelephantsanctuary #kannikaelephant #baanyenelephant #observingelephants

Well today was easily one of the best days of my life! My heart is oh so full โ™ฅ๏ธ
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*please remember to do your research before visiting a sanctuary. Make sure it is ethical and does not promote any sort of harm to the animals. I highly recommend the Morning Tour with Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

These beautiful Elephants were rescued from cruel and unfair conditions in the logging and trekking industry in Phuket. @phuketelephantsanctuary is making a difference in the tourism industry by being the first ethical elephant tourism in Phuket. Please, if you visit Phuket visit @phuketelephantsanctuary and help change elephant tourism in Thailand โค๏ธ #kannikaepephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #baanyenelephant

The highlight of our short trip for me & I'm sure Chloe was this amazing place @phuketelephantsanctuary ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š....we had driven through a lot of places in Phuket that had elephants, monkeys, tigers you name it all on display for you to take photos with or pat or ride etc etc & this was something we both did not want to do ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปit was a big NO as the treatment of animals behind these displays & shows tend to be cruel to say the least. I had done some research & heard of @phuketelephantsanctuary (keep in mind there are some places that call themselves sanctuaries but are not..) and we both wanted to do something to help & support an ethical organisation that actually rescues & rehabilitates these beautiful, beautiful creatures the elephants. They are truly awe-inspiring in the way they care for these majestic animals & rescue them from a lifetime of abuse & neglect to live the rest of their lives in a place where they feel safe & loved & mostly free like all souls including animal's should be. The guides & in fact everyone behind this sanctuary are just wonderful & they told us about the history of all the elephants living here & it just breaks your heart ๐Ÿ’”to hear of the torture they endured all for the sake of money & entertainment. It was just horrific...๐Ÿ˜” This organisation also rescues dogs who live alongside the elephants some even having favourites & sleeping together ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ (just adorable) ..... I am feeding this sweetheart Gaew Ta (meaning little Darling ๐Ÿ’ž) rice balls with fruit as she has no teeth & was blinded with a slingshot by her previous owner so that she can be obedient & was used for logging & rides carrying over 500kilos on her back all day with no rest.๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ข They treat a lot with injuries & even rub their aching bodies with "tiger balm" (that's the big dark patches you see on their backs & legs and as the guide was explaining to us in the video) to help ease their pain. There is so much more I can say & how much this day meant to us but I don't think there is enough room on this Insta page... ๐Ÿ˜‰ So please help, support & even follow this truly inspirational sanctuary...๐Ÿ’š#phuketelephantsanctuary #ethicaltourism

I want to go here one day
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LONELY PLANET - PHUKETโ€™S NEW ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

A very big thank you to Lonely Planet for promoting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in their online Lonely Planet Travel News.
Local and international awareness of ethical elephant tourism alternatives is creating headlines thanks to media and the travel industry who are supporting projects throughout Thailand that are helping elephants.

TO VISIT:
BOOK NOW! By following the link in our Insta bio or visiting our website on www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

To read the full article, please visit our Facebook page.

@lonelyplanet @lonelyplanetthailand @lptravelnews
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#KannikaElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#DokGaewElephant
#Phuket
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๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฟ~Phuket elephant sanctuary~๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜
- We save elephants -

Aujourd'hui visite du sanctuaire des รฉlรฉphants ร  Phuket. Ces animaux sont rรฉcupรฉrรฉs suite ร  des maltraitances dans les centres ร  dos d'รฉlรฉphants pour touristes. Dans ce site ils sont soignรฉs et baladent en pleine libertรฉ !! (Oui la barriรจre n'est pas pour les animaux mais pour les visiteurs comme nous) ils nous ont fait l'honneur de venir nous saluer.
Donc svp cher touristes, ne faites pas les randonnรฉes ร  dos d'รฉlรฉphants! Choisissez des parcs nationaux ou bien dรจs sanctuaires pour leur bien รชtre.
#phuketelephantsanctuary #travel #saveelephants #elephants #kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #like #follow #love #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #observingelephants #inspiration #motivation #roadtrip #phuket #saveanimals #voyage #animalslover #amazingthailand #thailand #kohphiphi #kohsamui #kohlanta

~ Phuket ร‰lรฉphant Sanctuary.. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ~
ENFIN un endroit oรน les รฉlรฉphants ne sont pas traitรฉs comme des animaux de cirque, enchaรฎnรฉs ร  un arbre ou sur lesquels on monte dessus pour un trekking dans la jungle comme un bon touriste abruti sans cerveau !! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ค
Si vous venez ร  Phuket, allez voir รงa, les รฉlรฉphants sont dans leur habitat naturel et parfaitement traitรฉs .. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ #kannikaelephant #madeeelephant #dokgaewelephant #gaewtaelephant #baanyenelephant #phuketelephantsanctuary #observingelephants #ethicaltourism #elephant #nature #peace #instagood

Got to spend the day hanging out with these majestic #Elephants at the #PhuketElephantSanctuary. They were rescued from torture performing for tourists. Please observe #EthicalTourism with them and don't support Elephant shows that actually hurt them. #KannikaElephant #MadeeElephant #DokGaewElephant #BaanYenElephant #ObservingElephants #BlueJacketTravels #Phuket #Thailand #SouthEastAsia #Travelgram #wanderlust #animals #Asia #travelblogger #iamtb

Elephants are not a tourist attraction! Here at the Phuket elephant sanctuary the elephants can just be elephants. The amazing people who work there rescue old elephants from tourist attractions like circus, riding and other shows and take them to the sanctuary. Here they can spend theire remaining years in peace and freedom.
For the shows or riding the elephants get separated from their mother at the age of 4. After that they get tortured and abused. Its called 'The crush'. After that the baby elefants don't remember their mother and completely listen to the humans. They got broken. Also they get hidden with a sharp hook.

So if you are going to Thailand and want to see elephants, please don't ride on them or visit one of the shows. Please visit the Phuket elephant sanctuary. They are doing an awesome work and its really worth it to see the elephants in their normal environment. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #elephant #phuketelephantsanctuary #MadeeElephant #KannikaElephant #DokGaewElephant #BaanYenElephant
#ObservingElephants #EthicalTourism
#elephantsofinstagram #elephantsarenotouristattraktion #rescued #rescueelephants #elephantlove #pleasevisitI

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BEAUTIFUL GIRL, BAAN YEN

A week has passed since you left us; gone but never forgotten. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Your time with us was too short, but it was meaningful.

Rest in peace beautiful girl, for you are free.

Please enjoy this video of Baan Yen, who was rescued on the 14th December 2016. She was loved by all who met her, especially by her best friends, Kannika and Madee, who welcomed her with trumpets and squeaks.
#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#Phuket
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#EthicalTourism
#VideoOfTheDay

I post this as a loving tribute to #baanyenelephant Baan Yen recently passed away at the #Phuketelephantsanctuary, a place which is very dear to my heart. Elephants are very sensitive beings, they have an ability to feel, this capacity to feel and perceive is called sentience. Many human beings don't know that elephants have the capacity to feel, they only see a giant animal and many of them think that the big elephant is there for their jolly. Fun times.....Sometimes, as you may know, our feelings over time can manifest to a point where it is difficult to function, you may feel depressed or even overwhelmed. Baan Yen was overwhelmed, she was overwhelmed by her past. Baan Yen had no choices. She had been saddled up and used for rides by #tourists wanting a fun time, every day until she was rescued, but even in the safety of the sanctuary and with the love that the team extended her at PES she just couldn't make it through. She ended up letting go. When she let go, she passed in peace, with dignity and surrounded by love. All of us want to be treated with dignity, love and respect. What is the saying, do unto others. So take a moment and think how you want to be treated and then think of an animal which is capable of sentience, capable of feeling and maybe, just maybe, you will think before you ride. Think before you buy a ticket to watch them perform, think before you climb on her shoulders because you think bare back riding is super cool and better for the elephant. It's not. Please think. Use your consciousness. Your decisions are important. RIP Baan Yen, you are my light. You are a symbol of my determination to help and support such causes @phuketelephantsanctuary. We will never give up. I love you. #banthesaddle๐Ÿšซ #stopridingelephants #RIP๐Ÿ˜ NB this video is of all the elephants in their night shelters at PES.

We haz a huge sad today ๐Ÿ˜ฉ RIP precious girl Baan Yen!! We are sorry humans stole your life and spirit but glad you found love and friendship in the end! Please read about this wonderful elephant sanctuary @phuketelephantsanctuary !!! Run free over the rainbow bridge sweet girl!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜ #Repost @animal.radical with @repostapp
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Rescued from a riding camp late last year, Baan Yen was given the love, respect, and freedom these magnificent animals deserve. RIP sweet girl. - AR ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜
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BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY

It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain.
We had a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home.
Regardless of her physical and emotional trauma, she was the most happiest with Kannika and Madee, whom she absolutely adored.
We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss.
Thank you for your support.

www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org ๐Ÿ“ธ @damiansanchezphoto
#PhuketElephantSanctuary #BaanYenElephant #Phuket #Thailand #EthicalTourism #Love #Freedom

THE PASSING OF BAAN YEN

My heart goes out to Louise, all the staff at @phuketelephantsanctuary and most importantly, to Madee and Kannika who took Baan Yen under their wing after her arrival in December.

As hard as it must be to say goodbye to such an incredibly beautiful animal, Baan Yen was one of the lucky ones. Whether it lasts weeks, months, years, every captive/working elephant, wherever in the world they may be, deserve the care, compassion and love Baan Yen felt at PES.
Rest in peace, you magnificent lady. xxx

For more information on Baan Yen's passing, please see Louise's words below: "BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY" [MAR. 16TH] "It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain. "We held a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home. "We were due to post this lovely video of her today called โ€˜An Afternoon With Baan Yenโ€™ and this is how we wish everyone to remember her. Regardless of her physically and emotional trauma, she was the most happiest with Kannika and Madee whom she absolutely adored. "We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss. "Thank you for your support." #baanyenelephant
#phuketelephantsanctuary
www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

I have read countless journal articles and media posts about the dark side of elephant tourism. I've traveled to SE Asia twice and witnessed first hand the abuse taking place in this industry but, it wasn't until I looked into the eyes of Baan Yen that I truly understood. She selflessly served tourists for over 50 years and was granted freedom at @phuketelephantsanctuary only in December. Her mind was heavy with the scars of her past life and tragically she passed away yesterday. I can only rest easy knowing she is truly free now. Please do your part by saying NO to elephant rides, shows, road side meet & greets etc.
Let elephants be elephants. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š #baanyenelephant #PES

Got this sad news earlier today Baan Yen has past away ๐Ÿ’” I will always remember this little walk with you โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ Story from @phuketelephantsanctuary: "BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY

It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain.
We held a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home.
We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss.
Thank you for your support. "#baanyenelephant
#phuketelephantsanctuary #tpwf @phuketelephantsanctuary

Rescued from a riding camp late last year, Baan Yen was given the love, respect, and freedom these magnificent animals deserve. RIP sweet girl. - AR ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜
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BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY

It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain.
We had a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home.
Regardless of her physical and emotional trauma, she was the most happiest with Kannika and Madee, whom she absolutely adored.
We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss.
Thank you for your support.

www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org ๐Ÿ“ธ @damiansanchezphoto
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๐Ÿ’” @Regrann from @phuketelephantsanctuary - BAAN YEN HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY TODAY

It has been a very long day today. We are deeply sorry to announce that Baan Yen has sadly passed away. She collapsed this morning and we just couldnโ€™t get her standing again. Her hind legs didnโ€™t have any more strength to hold her up and by early afternoon she gave up her fight and slipped away quickly and peacefully. We stood around her in shock with so many mixed emotions. There was a very deep heavy sadness at her leaving this world but also a calm relief that she was finally free from pain.
We had a beautiful Buddhist ceremony for her this evening and she is now resting in the peace and tranquility of her forest home.
Regardless of her physical and emotional trauma, she was the most happiest with Kannika and Madee, whom she absolutely adored.
We donโ€™t have any more words this evening whilst we come to terms with this devastating loss.
Thank you for your support.

www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org ๐Ÿ“ธ @damiansanchezphoto
#PhuketElephantSanctuary #BaanYenElephant #Phuket #Thailand #EthicalTourism #Love #Freedom - #regrann

Probably my favourite shot from my experience at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary yesterday ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Sam and I had truly the perfect end to our travels by finally getting to meet the elephants of Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ˜ Though heartbreaking to hear the pasts of these beautiful giants, it was our pleasure to visit and support this amazing Sanctuary. It is ONE OF A KIND here in the South of Thailand offering the experience to observe elephants displaying their true behaviours interacting with one another as they should ๐Ÿ’•

We learnt there are 216 elephants in Phuket alone being forced to entertain tourists everyday through treks, riding, circus shows and other forced behaviours literally until they can no longer perform through exhaustion. They're beaten and tortured when they don't follow commands and all in the name of entertainment to tourists ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ Thank you to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary for the work you are doing and thank you for the experience of a lifetime. I wish the best for your future plans for the Sanctuary and hope this social media drop in the ocean helps to spread throughout the world.

Elephants are not here for our entertainment and should anyone wish to experience these wonderful animals then look no further than this place! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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Want to see these beautiful #rescued elephants in person? You'll be amazed by what @phuketelephantsanctuary has done to create a #unique and #peaceful place for #elephants in #phuket

Enjoy this video made with love at @phuketelephantsanctuary
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KANNIKA, MADEE, BAAN YEN & PANDA IN SLOW MOTION!

This is amazing footage of our elephants filmed by JP Lewis, a Director and Cinematographer for TV commercials and documentaries in the UK.

It is fascinating to watch the elephants in slow motion; every ear flap, every crease in their skin, every stride and movement as their trunks pull down on bamboo. Kannika, Madee, Baan Yen and Panda our dog are all featured.

The full footage (6 minutes) can be watched on our Facebook page, but we had to cut it down for IG. Pure elephant bliss!
If you wish to visit us, please BOOK NOW via the link in our bio or via our website www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org
www.jp-lewis.com

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - the first true ethical elephant sanctuary on the beautiful island of Phuket in Southern Thailand.

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#BaanYenElephant
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#VideoOfTheDay

KANNIKA, MADEE, BAAN YEN & PANDA IN SLOW MOTION!

This is amazing footage of our elephants filmed by JP Lewis, a Director and Cinematographer for TV commercials and documentaries in the UK.

It is fascinating to watch the elephants in slow motion; every ear flap, every crease in their skin, every stride and movement as their trunks pull down on bamboo. Kannika, Madee, Baan Yen and Panda our dog are all featured.

The full footage (6 minutes) can be watched on our Facebook page, but we had to cut it down for IG. Pure elephant bliss!
If you wish to visit us, please BOOK NOW via the link in our bio or via our website www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org
www.jp-lewis.com

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - the first true ethical elephant sanctuary on the beautiful island of Phuket in Southern Thailand.

#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#MadeeElephant
#KannikaElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#EthicalTourism
#Phuket
#Thailand
#VideoOfTheDay

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LONELY PLANET - PHUKETโ€™S NEW ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

A very big thank you to Lonely Planet for promoting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in their online Lonely Planet Travel News.
Local and international awareness of ethical elephant tourism alternatives is creating headlines thanks to media and the travel industry who are supporting projects throughout Thailand that are helping elephants.

TO VISIT:
BOOK NOW! By following the link in our Insta bio or visiting our website on www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

To read the full article, please visit our Facebook page.

@lonelyplanet @lonelyplanetthailand @lptravelnews
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#MadeeElephant
#KannikaElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#DokGaewElephant
#Phuket
#Thailand

WONDERFUL COVERAGE FROM THE LONELY PLANET!

EARS Asia Founder and Co-Founder of Phuket Elephant Sanctuary says "A very big thank you to Lonely Planet for promoting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in their online Lonely Planet Travel News." http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/30/phukets-new-elephant-sanctuary/ "Local and international awareness of ethical elephant tourism alternatives is creating headlines thanks to media and the travel industry who are supporting projects throughout Thailand that are helping elephants. "A little note in the article to be amended, we do not offer bathing, our elephants bathe in our huge lagoons, naturally, on their own!" TO VISIT:
BOOK NOW! via Facebook or the website: www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

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LONELY PLANET - PHUKETโ€™S NEW ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

A very big thank you to Lonely Planet for promoting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in their online Lonely Planet Travel News.
Local and international awareness of ethical elephant tourism alternatives is creating headlines thanks to media and the travel industry who are supporting projects throughout Thailand that are helping elephants.

TO VISIT:
BOOK NOW! By following the link in our Insta bio or visiting our website on www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

To read the full article, please visit our Facebook page.

@lonelyplanet @lonelyplanetthailand @lptravelnews
#EARSAsia
#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#MadeeElephant
#KannikaElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#DokGaewElephant
#Phuket
#Thailand

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EDUCATION. INTERACTION. OBSERVATION - HALF DAY TOURS

We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming visitors from many countries around the world who are choosing to learn about and observe elephants in their natural habitat.

Our morning program includes a presentation and educational video, followed by an amazing opportunity to feed the elephants themselves.
For guests who have never had an up close encounter with an elephant before, it is a truly magical, life changing experience, and will stay with you forever.. and the elephants LOVE their basket of treats!

Then, our program is all about OBSERVATION! We walk with the elephants, or rather follow them, stand back, giving them the space to express natural behaviours to include playing, bathing and socialising freelyโ€ฆ which being Kannika includes trumpeting, sliding on her bottom, and generally leading the way with her new friends in tow!

Your visit helps to support our elephants and future rescues, our project and our work, and offers an invaluable opportunity to support our alternative ethical approach to elephant tourism.

We keep our daily tours intimate so as not to overwhelm our elephants and to ensure guests have a memorable time with us. Our tours fill up quickly, so please book early!

To book, follow the link in our bio or visit our website http://www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org/book-here

We look forward to welcoming you to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary!

#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#KannikaElephant
#MadeeElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#DokGaewElephant
#EthicalTourism
#Phuket
#Thailand

Thanks to @phuketelephantsanctuary #rescued #elephants are given a second chance. They now live in a peaceful place, where their health is improved and their spirits lifted.

You can come visit them in #phuket and witness what love can do.

Thank you @phuketelephantsanctuary for dedication and your work.

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BAAN YEN FLOATING AROUND IN THE LAGOON!

Baan Yen is becoming more and more confident and loves spending time bathing in the lagoon near the Tree Top Reception. She takes big deep breaths and completely submerges herself under water, floating around peacefully in her own little world.

We are sure that she hasnโ€™t bathed in a large volume of water such as this for decades, as she often appears apprehensive and will only go in the water with Kannika and Madee. They are always in close proximity so she feels safe and secure. At the end of the video you can hear Madee squeaking to Baan Yen just checking to make sure she is ok.

Itโ€™s relaxing not only for Baan Yen but also for our visitors as they observe our elephants as they roam, bathe, float and play, enjoying sanctuary life at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary!

To visit, follow the LINK IN OUR BIO to the booking page or visit our website www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org
#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#BaanYenElephant
#MadeeElephant
#KannikaElephant
#EthicalTourism
#Elephants
#Phuket
#Thailand

BAAN YEN FLOATING AROUND IN THE LAGOON!

Baan Yen is becoming more and more confident and loves spending time bathing in the lagoon near the Tree Top Reception. She takes big deep breaths and completely submerges herself under water, floating around peacefully in her own little world.

We are sure that she hasnโ€™t bathed in a large volume of water such as this for decades, as she often appears apprehensive and will only go in the water with Kannika and Madee. They are always in close proximity so she feels safe and secure. At the end of the video you can hear Madee squeaking to Baan Yen just checking to make sure she is ok.

Itโ€™s relaxing not only for Baan Yen but also for our visitors as they observe our elephants as they roam, bathe, float and play, enjoying sanctuary life at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary!

To visit, follow the LINK IN OUR BIO to the booking page or visit our website www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org
#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#BaanYenElephant
#MadeeElephant
#KannikaElephant
#EthicalTourism
#Elephants
#Phuket
#Thailand

EDUCATION. INTERACTION. OBSERVATION - HALF DAY TOURS

We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming visitors from many countries around the world who are choosing to learn about and observe elephants in their natural habitat.

Our morning program includes a presentation and educational video, followed by an amazing opportunity to feed the elephants themselves.
For guests who have never had an up close encounter with an elephant before, it is a truly magical, life changing experience, and will stay with you forever.. and the elephants LOVE their basket of treats!

Then, our program is all about OBSERVATION! We walk with the elephants, or rather follow them, stand back, giving them the space to express natural behaviours to include playing, bathing and socialising freelyโ€ฆ which being Kannika includes trumpeting, sliding on her bottom, and generally leading the way with her new friends in tow!

Your visit helps to support our elephants and future rescues, our project and our work, and offers an invaluable opportunity to support our alternative ethical approach to elephant tourism.

We keep our daily tours intimate so as not to overwhelm our elephants and to ensure guests have a memorable time with us. Our tours fill up quickly, so please book early!

To book, follow the link in our bio or visit our website http://www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org/book-here

We look forward to welcoming you to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary!

#PhuketElephantSanctuary
#KannikaElephant
#MadeeElephant
#BaanYenElephant
#DokGaewElephant
#EthicalTourism
#Phuket
#Thailand

Bathing beauties!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #Repost @phuketelephantsanctuary
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ELEPHANTS LOVE BATHING!

Kannika, Madee and Baan Yen absolutely love bathing in our huge lagoon. Kannika, who is her 30โ€™s, is very โ€˜trumpetyโ€™ at the moment and let out a lovely loud trumpet when she turned around to Madee, who is in her 60โ€™s. These two elephants are inseparable soul mates, rarely more than a couple of metres away from each other at any one time, proving it doesnโ€™t matter what age you are, you can still be the very best friends!

Baan Yen has recently started to spend more and more time in the water, particularly this deep pool. You can see her in the background on the video taking big deep breaths, floating on the surface like a moving rock!

If you visit us here at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, you will enjoy a delicious lunch at our Tree Top Observation Platform whilst observing our lovely ladies bathe to their hearts content.

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www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

We send prayers and good wishes to Baan Yen. Thank you @phuketelephantsanctuary for all the love and care you give to your #rescued #elephants
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UPDATE ON BAAN YEN

Baan Yen is in her 50's and she is such a sweet gentle soul. We rescued her on 14th Dec 2016 and over the last few weeks, she has developed a firm and beautiful friendship with Kannika and Madee, spending their days together along with Dok Gaew.
We are, however, still worried about Baan Yen as she has a deep sadness and depression of which we are monitoring carefully. She is eating and drinking relatively well, her bowels are good, some days she is happy throwing mud on herself and bathing, but other days, she leans her head against a tree, closes her eyes, and appears exhausted.
Whilst we can't expect our new elephants to suddenly adapt to sanctuary life after decades of hard work, we do hope with time, and also with the help of our other elephants, that she will begin to put her worries behind her.
Baan Yen's mahout, Rasee, who previously worked at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, is very compassionate and understanding with her. If she appears in her own world or wants to stand further away from the others, he leaves her be. She takes her time and then will walk towards Kannika and Madee and continue grazing, often even rumbling.
Whilst Dok Gaew has settled in and her physical wounds are healing well, both our blind elephant Gaew Ta and Baan Yen need time, a lot of time, and we have all the time in the world whilst they slowly heal. ๐Ÿ“ธ @damiansanchezphoto
From all of us at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, we wish you a great weekend ahead!
www.phuketelephantsanctuary.org

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