Elephants are treated to a fruit buffet in Thailand for Elephant Day

NTD Staff
By NTD Staff
March 13, 2017World News

About 60 elephants in Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya were treated to a fruit buffet on Monday (March 13) to commemorate Elephant Day, an event that seeks to end their exploitation.

Elephant Day started in 1998, initiated by wildlife conservationists to remind Thais of the significance of elephants to the country and to support efforts to protect them.

Elephants are a symbol of the nation and are respected because soldiers rode them during ancient times.

For many decades, the pachyderms have been one of the country’s tourist attractions as they are trained to perform in shows and give tourists tour rides around cities.

There are about 3,700 elephants left in the wild in Thailand and up to 4,000 domesticated ones, according to EleAid, a British organization working for the conservation of the Asian elephant.




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