Ran-Tong (Save&Rescue Elephant Centre) has been established since 2009 after the rescue of “ Boon Som” or blinded elephant from a wicked mahout. “Boon Som” after years of abusing hard work in the forest and amphetamines injection, finally he could retire and have an happier life at his new home. But it took time… The founder and his family tried to retrieve him from the coma it was in. It took about 6 months for him to recover. The massive wounds on both his shoulder and all over his body were a really sad sight. They treated the wounds and gave him vitamins, anti-parasitic and everything they could. Slowly Boon Som started to feel better and eat regularly, gaining weight and finally recover. Inspiration never stopped for the founder and his family and shortly afterwards, Thong In, an aged elephant, was the second elephant joining the family…after him, more and more were being rescued… But maintain a an elephant is a really costly activity, so the founder decided to running it as a business which is necessary for the survival of those elephants. Ran-Tong (Save&Rescue Elephant Centre) is one of the most well-known elephant camp of northern Thailand.
Our camp is getting a really good reputation among locals and tourists for the contribution that gives for saving these incredible animals.
People visit this park on a daily basis to interact, feed and bathing the elephants bringing to them peace and joy after a long suffering past.
We are trying our best to teach tourists about the past and the tremendous life the elephants had been passed through. Tourists just want to take a picture with them but they don’t have a clue about what’s behind. Still many people are abusing elephants only for a lucrative business!
Here at Ran-Tong camp WE DON’T use heavy chains, hooks or sticks utilised for beating the elephants only for the joy of the tourists, WE DON’T use elephants for tricks such as painting, dancing or other unnatural positions, WE DON’T separate the elephant babies from their mother.
We are adopting a friendly method that no other camps are using.
At Ran-Tong camp we are really trying to ensure a better quality of life for the elephants in their natural environment, providing the right amount of food, water and not long hours of hard job.
Taking care of them is a really costly and strenuous process and we need all the help we can get.