Elephant Nature Park – The House Lek Built

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elie-scrumWhen my husband Dave and I decided to volunteer at Elephant Nature Park Elephant Nature Park (ENP)- a sanctuary for elephants in Northern Thailand, we wanted to support the work of rescuing abused and misused elephants who are rescued from elephant riding camps, street begging, circuses and the logging trade.

Volunteering for 7 days with room and board would give us the experience of a working holiday and the proximity to being near elephants in as close to their natural state as a domesticated or broken elephant could be.

We had heard of Changduen “Lek” Chailert the founder and the driving force behind ENP through friends and social media. I was thrilled to find out that she would be giving a presentation on our second night there. When she walked in I was surprised at how tiny she was. This small, powerful woman, wore a graphic t-shirt that read “Ivory…

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