Wildlife conservation took one step forward recently, with Cambodia planning to stop elephant rides at Angkor Wat, a famous temple complex and World Heritage site that sees millions of tourists each year. While unfortunately the rides won’t be stopped immediately, the country plans to do so by early 2020.
Currently, there are 14 elephants in use as part of the tourist attraction. There used to be more, however, as a result of the cruel practice and treatment, several have died or fallen ill. According to the Metro, in 2016, an elephant collapsed and died while carrying two tourists to Angkor Wat. In 2018, another elephant died of exhaustion, the impetus to a petition to end elephant rides.