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Our new policy on elephant safaris

Our new policy on elephant safaris

After much careful consideration, and as part of our commitment to Responsible Tourism, we will no longer be offering elephant-back safaris in any of our destinations.

This is because it is not possible to train an elephant to accept a human onto its back without inhumane treatment. Also, elephants' spines are not designed to carry heavy loads, and the houdah (chair) that they are fitted with is uncomfortable and leads to sores.

We will be actively supporting venues like Tiger Tops in Chitwan National Park in Nepal, who have transitioned away from elephant safaris into more elephant friendly activities.These activities allow people to observe elephants in a sanctuary environment.

We hope that the practice of laundering new elephants and training them for any form of human entertainment will eventually cease. Also, it is important that the elephants being used for safaris can live out the rest of their lives in similar sanctuary environment to those practised at Tiger Tops.

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