ELEPHANTS ARE AMONG THE MOST revered animals in the world. They are also among the most exploited — Asian and African elephants are endangered, and “domesticated” elephants have a particularly rough go of it. They are used for tourism, illegal logging, street begging, and circuses, and are often tortured in the course of their training.
The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a sanctuary for elephants rescued from these professions. I went there with my friend to volunteer — here’s what we saw.