Elephants have been my favourite animal since I did a project on them in the 3rd or 4th grades. I was privileged to see many in the wild when I went on safari in Kenya in 1989.
In 2004, I visited Thailand with a very good friend, Sandra. I’d found a link to an interesting looking elephant sanctuary on the internet, but since you can’t always be sure of quality, we just arranged to a day trip, even though you could book up to two weeks as a “volunteer elephant helper”.
The day there was magical and, of course, I immediately booked to return the following year for a 2 week visit. www.elephantnaturepark.org is a wonder place run by the incomparable Lek who had devoted her life not just on helping the elephants, but educating others.
To see more, go to my photo gallery: http://dianeleynebooks.com/photos/elephant-nature-park-thailand/