Elephants in Thailand

Elephants chow down at Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal during Thailand’s National Elephant Day.

Elephants have been an important element of Thailand’s history and culture for centuries. Human population growth, forest clearance, wild capture for domestication and poaching have all contributed to the elephant population decline. The elephant is of crucial conservation importance because of the species’ contribution to forest ecology, national identity and tourism. This blog aims to contribute to elephant conservation in Thailand by presenting the human impact issues and explaining the dilemmas using conservation psychology concepts to bring new knowledge to the issues.