Enjoy an intimate, hands-on day at one of the most mindful, natural and open elephant farms in Asia as you momentarily adopt an elephant as your very own. Focused on long term elephant conservation, Patara Elephant Farm specializes in healthcare and breeding management, providing a safe and special environment to produce beautiful, healthy elephants. Many of the elephants residing here have been adopted and rescued from unsuitable living conditions ranging from circuses to illegal logging camps.
At Patara, these special and sacred animals are treasured not for their labor, but for their life. With the highest space per elephant population, this farm provides more open land for its elephants than any other camp. It also takes pride in having fewer visitors each day than the total number of elephants residing on the grounds – in fact, this is the only camp in Asia that can make this claim.
Because extinction is forever, the goal of the Patara Elephant Farm is to increase the Asian elephant population while promoting awareness and cultivating invested interest in these magnificent beasts. The farm is actively working to repopulate the region and has a long rate of success. In this year alone, four babies have been born and a number of female residents currently pregnant, making this a very special time to visit the camp and witness the earliest moments in this wondrous animal’s long life. Patara has also instituted an important Elephant Reintroduction organization, in which so far 8 elephants have been successfully placed back into their natural habitat and are now thriving in the wild.
This is more than your average tourist-centered camps, which usually focus more on shows and performances and offer only a glimpse into the world of their true world. While Patara’s elephants do showcase their talents during an entertaining medley of sports, dances, and other unique tricks, this is only a small part of the adventure. Here, you will view the jungle from a unique and amazing vantage point riding bareback atop an elephant’s neck as you make your way to a beautiful picnic spot beneath a waterfall.
For an unbeatable adventure, participate in the farm’s special “Elephant Owner for a Day” program, where you are able to share in the responsibilities of taking care of these amazing creatures. Discover the joys of being an elephant keeper as you work alongside the elephant’s personal mahout and are trained in their daily responsibilities. Learning how to approach your elephant correctly, understand your elephant’s temperament, feed your elephant and monitor its health, bathe and brush it in the river, and communicate and direct your elephant through spoken commands.
Patara fills your day with meaningful activities, having specially developed this program to create a relationship of trust between you and your elephant. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime and will make your holiday in Thailand truly unforgettable. Experience, as Patara says in their slogan, “the Heart of Giving for the Heart of Living” as they invite you into this extraordinary world.