Volunteering at Rantong
Go over a touristic attraction and volunteer at Rantong!
Saving and knowing the elephants, learning how to make herbal medicines, live in the nature and interacting with Thailand’s ethnic minorities are just some of the aspects of being a volunteer in Ran-Tong camp.
Thai elephants have been highly praised and nationally proclaimed throughout history, but very little has been done to protect them. They have been used for work in Asia for thousands of years.
Included in their daily routine: logging, building, transportation and providing support during wartime. However, in the modern world, the elephant’s strength and intelligence has been made obsolete by machines and for these reasons these days they’re suffering from something like an unemployment problem.
After logging was banned in Thailand 1989, most elephants became unemployed or were forced to engage in illegal logging near or over the border in Burma. Some elephants have been crippled or have died falling from cliffs, while others have been crippled as a result of stepping on land-mines. Some elephants are given amphetamine and other drugs to enable them to work long hours.
Many studies have been completed and many solutions have been proposed since 1991 to resolve this problem, but none of these have been implemented.
That’s where our elephant camp comes in and volunteers are always needed to assist the local staff at Ran-Tong camp to ensure a better quality of life for the elephants in their natural environment.