photo: Oz Go

Elephant Rescue in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A heavy metal chair. A 14+ hour workday parading tourists around. With little time to eat, baking hot conditions, exhausting hours, and no days off this is life 365 days a year for most elephants in South East Asia.

With your help, it ends now.

Elephants are forced to live like this because of the tourism industry’s demand for cheap rides and photo ops. The good news is that by changing the demand we can end the abuse. With your help, we can change the tide of tourism in Thailand. 


Volunteer and Live with Rescued Elephants:

We have rescued and retired elephants from logging and abuse. You can visit them in their new beautiful home and help us continue to care for them. 


  • We have rescued 12 elephants and counting 

  • Provided care and food for 12 elephants so they only need to work part time

  • Rented land with a river for bathing for the retired elephants

  • Provided fair wages and elephant care education for elephant caretakers

  • We have also been successful raising awareness about ethical tours among elephant owners and mahouts in the area.  Several camp owners now prefer to work with our guests because the interactions benefit the elephants and want to retire more elephants.

The Truth about helping elephants

 We have been overwhelmed by both support - and backlash - toward the project. We receive (among other attempts to undermine our efforts) death threats from owners of some larger companies who are well-connected in the elephant tourism industry and/or make their money off chair rides. Many feel that our campaign causes them to lose business. 

4 ways you can help Now

1. Awareness

 Tell your family and friends. These elephants might be loud, but they can’t speak our language. Use your voice to spread to word about their plight. Share about DeeDee on social media #DontLetDeeDeeDown #Elephants #Thailand #ChiangMai #ChaiLaiOrchid 

Tweet at advocates for animal rights and tell them to come meet DeeDee and MowKapa! Let’s encourage them to use their influence to help elephants! 

2. Donate

Elephants are very expensive to care for because they need jungle to roam in, rivers for bathing and drinking and 150 kg of food per day.  You can get your office to adopt an elephant, host a fundraiser to rescue elephants. Any donations big or small helps. Just $10 pays for herbal medicine treatment for a sick elephant. 

3. Support

Come visit them! The most sustainable way to help these elephants is simply to support ethical elephant tours so that they can earn enough money for a safe home, an abundance of food and quality 24 hour care. 

4. Educate yourself

Elephants are big business in Thailand and many companies craft emotional pleas without facts and use business models that only serve to make money and actually hurt elephant conservation efforts. Check out our FAQs to learn to separate fact from fiction.