An Accredited, Sustainable, and Ethical Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket
Located on 30 Rai of lush jungle land, near the tropical beaches of west Phuket, we are an ethical elephant sanctuary with a strong focus on high welfare standards for our elephants. Feed, meet and observe our elephants as they play in the mud, splash in the water, and roam our land.
Our elephant tours in Phuket aren’t just unforgettable — they’re an enlightening journey of learning, care, and adventure with our rescued elephants.
Elephant welfare is our top priority and as such we follow strict guidelines of welfare, nutrition, & vet care set out by international standards.
Learn about our elephant dung recycling program making biodegradable paper & biogas, our hydroponic vegetable & herb gardens, strict recycling policies, and utilization of solar power.
Strong focus on visitor education, providing love and care to our rescued elephants in a sustainable manner that eliminates stress while providing a real connection and experience to our visitors.
No bull hooks & No bathing
Experience our elephants in their natural environment.
The Phuket Elephant Nature Reserve is an accredited and sustainable Elephant Sanctuary located on the west coast of the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. Founded in 2019, elephant conservation is of the utmost importance to us, and the elephant’s welfare is our primary focus.
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. Elephants like peace and quiet, not loud groups of visitors throwing mud or buckets of water at them.
If people are crowding around them, it is very stressful for the elephants. Also, the mahout needs to control the elephant by forcing it to stand still or lie down, not giving any freedom to the elephant to play.
It is also unhygienic for visitors as the elephants urinate and defecate when entering the water, which may cause eye infections and sickness. There are also accidents with people slipping in the mud which is dangerous when there is a three-tonne elephant close by.
Our programs limit contact for many reasons, but mostly so our elephants can be free of constant human touch. We want our elephants to enjoy their day just as much as you.
By standing back, you are able to take the most amazing photos and videos, so you can remember your very special day with the elephants at Phuket Elephant Nature Reserve.