If you’re an animal lover, the thought of animals being mistreated or cooped up in pens away from their natural environment is horrific. The next time you’re thinking of traveling somewhere new, why don’t you add an animal sanctuary to your list? These animal sanctuaries exist to protect animals that have left their natural environment and focus on rehabilitation.
The ultimate goal is to repopulate these species. All of these sanctuaries are open for guests, so the next time you’re in the area, make sure to schedule a visit. That way, you’ll get the benefit of seeing excellent animal care in person, and they’ll get the benefit of your donation.
Elephant Nature Park
If hanging out with elephants ranging in size from babies to giant active males is your dream, then Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Elephants are such a huge part of Southeast Asian culture, but by going to a sanctuary instead of seeing a show, you’re ensuring that your money is going to help elephants, rather than exploit them.
The staff at the nature park care for tons (and tonnes!) of injured elephants, many of whom come from circuses or the logging industry, and rehabilitate them so they can lead happy and healthy lives. Visitors are welcome, and you can volunteer your time at the sanctuary as well.