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Fears raised for elephant welfare as Phuket camps fold

By The Phuket News

 

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In Phuket alone, the order to close the camps and the lack of tourists has placed about 280 elephants at risk. Photo: Tree Tops Elephant Reserve

 

PHUKET:-- Dire fears for the welfare of thousands of elephants throughout the country have been raised with elephant trekking camps being forced to close due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 

The order issued by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana last Saturday (Mar 28) to close all zoos and other places where all kinds of animal shows are shown on the island affected about 180 elephant camps in Phuket, explains Louise Rogerson, who was instrumental in setting up the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, the island’s first full no contact elephant reserve.

 

“The mass closure of the elephant camps in Phuket has left hundreds of elephants in danger of being chained up continuously at the camps,” says Louise, who has also worked with captive elephants in Thailand and Cambodia for over a decade and successfully spearheaded campaigns for their welfare and release and established the Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival (EARS) Foundation. She is now the Project Director of newly founded Tree Tops Elephant Reserve in Phuket.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/fears-raised-for-elephant-welfare-as-phuket-camps-fold-75518.php

 

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27 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

And what about the 28 tigers languishing in the never really opened Tiger Park not far from my place?

Should let them go , too ... At least that would keep people at home ... ( april 1st )

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14 hours ago, Lingba said:

Unchain them and let them go..I'm sure they will be quite happy

Plenty of large national parks for them to be relocated... better than tourist attractions.

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Where the money will go:
US$30 will feed an elephant for a day
US$20 will feed a dog or cat for one week
US$10 will feed a pig, cow or buffalo for one week
US$8 will feed a monkey for one week
US$5 will feed a rabbit for one week

 

from the linked article requesting donations.  

 

Gotta be some of the finest financial minds on the planet in play here to figure out how to feed a cat for only US$20 a week, right?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Mick501 said:

Where the money will go:
US$30 will feed an elephant for a day
US$20 will feed a dog or cat for one week
US$10 will feed a pig, cow or buffalo for one week
US$8 will feed a monkey for one week
US$5 will feed a rabbit for one week

 

from the linked article requesting donations.  

 

Gotta be some of the finest financial minds on the planet in play here to figure out how to feed a cat for only US$20 a week, right?

 

 

I think that your first line is a bit inaccurate.

 

quote "US$30 will feed an elephant for a day".

 

Here is a different figure from http://www.nationalelephantcenter.org/learn/

 

Since elephants are so large, they require an enormous amount of food.  Elephants may spend 12-18 hours a day feeding.  Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day.  As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily.  Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.

 

This cost a lot of money. In total, excluding the wild foods the elephants forage every night, Elephant's World estimates the cost of all the prepared food to be 2,910 Thai Baht (around $80 USD) daily. And this is just one of their 21 elephants

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11 minutes ago, billd766 said:

I think that your first line is a bit inaccurate.

 

quote "US$30 will feed an elephant for a day".

 

Here is a different figure from http://www.nationalelephantcenter.org/learn/

 

Since elephants are so large, they require an enormous amount of food.  Elephants may spend 12-18 hours a day feeding.  Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day.  As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily.  Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.

 

This cost a lot of money. In total, excluding the wild foods the elephants forage every night, Elephant's World estimates the cost of all the prepared food to be 2,910 Thai Baht (around $80 USD) daily. And this is just one of their 21 elephants

Umm, it's a copy and paste from the link in the original article.  Just sayin.

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5 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Plenty of large national parks for them to be relocated... better than tourist attractions.

Agree, that is what should be done.  Who is going to do this?  Government, owners...?  Money is everything in this country.  

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foul places should be closed and never reopened !!!! Makes me sick to see people, and parents taking their kids for rides on these poor animals! What a great teaching that is for the next generation !!! 

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The owners should be liable they are the ones who brought them here

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On 4/1/2020 at 7:24 AM, Old Croc said:

I'm not sure if 5 or 6 hundred elephants roaming free, and foraging for food wherever they can find it, would be a good idea in Phuket.

 

And what about the 28 tigers languishing in the never really opened Tiger Park not far from my place?

I suppose not many people will want to adopt a Tiger

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36 minutes ago, ChipButty said:

I suppose not many people will want to adopt a Tiger

Ever see "Tiger King" which just came out on Netflix?  Joe Exotic will take em, as soon as he's out of jail.

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