KindredSpiritEles

Helping local communities and elephants in need

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Announcement    Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit foundation working with the local communities to bring their elephants home to the forest. We have 5 elephants in our care full-time and provide a huge area to ensure they can live as natural a life as possible.

In March 2020, when the world shut down, this included tourism in Thailand. Although the elephant-tourism situation is a complex one, most elephants do rely on it to provide enough income for their food and well being. When this suddenly stopped, the elephants in the tourist camps no longer had an income and their mahouts had no way to buy food, so many of them returned to our area of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary so they could be better looked after by their owners who live here. This meant that 60+ elephants are now in our area with little to no means of providing food.

On top of this, we at KSES still have to provide for our own elephants and mahouts without any form of income coming in as we usually have a visitor program that would provide these funds. The women in the village were also able to make an income through this from housing our guests in their homestays and selling their woven items to them. Now they have also not had any income through this for over a year and are struggling to provide for their families.

We have set-up this shop to help and provide for our elephants and mahouts, the local elephants who have returned to the area, as well as the women and their families. Please have a look around, buy an item and support a good cause. All items have been handwoven by the women in our Karen Hilltribe village.

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Last updated on Apr 8, 2021

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit foundation working with the local communities to bring their elephants home to the forest. We have 5 elephants in our care full-time and provide a huge area to ensure they can live as natural a life as possible.

In March 2020, when the world shut down, this included tourism in Thailand. Although the elephant-tourism situation is a complex one, most elephants do rely on it to provide enough income for their food and well being. When this suddenly stopped, the elephants in the tourist camps no longer had an income and their mahouts had no way to buy food, so many of them returned to our area of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary so they could be better looked after by their owners who live here. This meant that 60+ elephants are now in our area with little to no means of providing food.

On top of this, we at KSES still have to provide for our own elephants and mahouts without any form of income coming in as we usually have a visitor program that would provide these funds. The women in the village were also able to make an income through this from housing our guests in their homestays and selling their woven items to them. Now they have also not had any income through this for over a year and are struggling to provide for their families.

We have set-up this shop to help and provide for our elephants and mahouts, the local elephants who have returned to the area, as well as the women and their families. Please have a look around, buy an item and support a good cause. All items have been handwoven by the women in our Karen Hilltribe village.

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Help us keep elephants fed over the covid-19 pandemic

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit foundation working with the local communities to bring their elephants home to the forest. We have 5 elephants in our care full-time and provide a huge area to ensure they can live as natural a life as possible.

In March 2020, when the world shut down, this included tourism in Thailand. Although the elephant-tourism situation is a complex one, most elephants do rely on it to provide enough income for their food and well being. When this suddenly stopped, the elephants in the tourist camps no longer had an income and their mahouts had no way to buy food, so many of them returned to our area of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary so they could be better looked after by their owners who live here. This meant that 60+ elephants are now in our area with little to no means of providing food.

On top of this, we at KSES still have to provide for our own elephants and mahouts without any form of income coming in as we usually have a visitor program that would provide these funds. The women in the village were also able to make an income through this from housing our guests in their homestays and selling their woven items to them. Now they have also not had any income through this for over a year and are struggling to provide for their families.

We have set-up this shop to help and provide for our elephants and mahouts, the local elephants who have returned to the area, as well as the women and their families. Purchase an item today and help us help them!

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    I've been living and working in Thailand with the elephants and Karen people for 8 years now. I have set-up this shop to help provide funding over the covid-19 crisis so that we can support our elephants and provide an income for the local women.

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