Category Archives: Elephant Rides

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 Elephant polo and other ‘games’ involving elephants is an outdated practice in most parts of the world.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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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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Elephant rides in Nepal have NOT improved despite claims, says EWN

Elephant Watch Nepal today issued a statement saying elephant riding in Nepal has not improved, despite claims by the industry. The statements responds to recent write ups promoting elephant safaris, claiming conditions are better here compared to Thailand and that … Continue reading

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EWN launches elephant bathing awareness campaign

“Did you know that in Nepal one in five elephants suffer from Tuberculosis? Still enjoying that bath?” With that slogan EWN launched a campaign to create awareness about one of a lesser known health and safety risks related to elephant tourism. In … Continue reading

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Pro Wildlife Germany Release Report / Fact Sheet

Pro Wildlife Germany, a prominent wildlife activist organization, has released a fact sheet detailing the horrendous situation here in Nepal in regards to captive elephants. The entire report can be downloaded here: Pro Wildlife Factsheet Asian_Nepal English Version

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Lonely Planet Recommends 5 Elephant Attractions in Thailand; We Wish We Could Recommend Just One Here In Nepal

Lonely Planet Destination Editor Sarah Reid recommends five elephant attractions in Thailand, and EWN is left hoping that we can someday recommend at least one here in Nepal. In the article linked below, Sarah succinctly describes the situation with elephantourism in … Continue reading

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So What do Killer Whales have in Common with Nepal’s Captive Elephants?

Captive orcas (as seen at Seaworlds around the globe) share at least one thing in common with Nepal’s captive Safari Elephants: their young are taken from mothers at a very early age in order to be trained, and in a very cruel … Continue reading

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