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An Open Letter to President Bidya Devi Bhandari…

Dear Honorable President, Elephant Watch Nepal (EWN) was surprised to read that you promote elephant polo as a means to generate tourism income. Elephant polo and other ‘games’ involving elephants is an outdated practice in most parts of the world. … Continue reading

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Temple Tiger Group Conciliatory, but does not Concede…

Today myRepublica reports that Executive Chairperson Of Temple Tiger Group, Basanta Raj Mishra, held a round table discussion about whether elephant riding is against animal rights or not. According to Mishra, if elephant rides are banned in Nepal, the move will hit … Continue reading

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Nepal’s Jungle-Safari Operators Concede, Willing to Compromise…

According to a recent Himalayan Times news story, tourism operators say that they could not entirely dismiss the concerns raised by animal rights activists, and expressed readiness to reach a “compromise.” They suggested that they could lower the working hours for … Continue reading

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Field Report: Elephants Chained – a Sad Day in Nepal!

On October 19, 2017, my boyfriend and I arrived in Nepal anxious to see the wonderful wildlife in Shuklaphanta National Park. We arrived at the park the next day and had a generally successful trip spotting the wildlife as we … Continue reading

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The Plight of Baby Elephants in Nepal

The plight of Samrat Gaj, a baby elephant at Sapana Village Lodge in Sauraha, Chitwan, draws the attention to the suffering of elephants born into the safari tourism industry in Nepal. Their abuse includes chaining, separation from the mother, cruel training, … Continue reading

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You don’t need to ride an elephant to enjoy one

Chitwan and elephant safaris seem to be synonyms. Most parents who bring their kids to to the jungle want to give them the experience of riding an elephant. So why do we oppose elephant rides? And is there an alternative? … Continue reading

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EWN gives kudos to Tiger Tops

Elephant Watch Nepal gives kudos to Nepal’s oldest safari company, Tiger Tops, for unchaining its elephants and introducing responsible elephant tourism activities instead. During a press conference on January 22, Tiger Tops chair Kristjan Edwards announced the move. “Tiger Tops introduced elephant safaris to … Continue reading

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