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The birth records for most of the elephants at the park are spotty so the staff make educated guesses using the wrinkles around the eye. This one is in her 60s and is sight impaired. We were given instructions to only approach elephants from the front and at a slight oblique angle so they can see you. Elephants who are totally blind use their feet to feel vibrations from the earth as well as their trunk touching the ground in front as they walk. (like a white cane).

Why We Don’t Ride Elephants in Thailand

The Maharaja Riding his Elephant As children, most of us remember tales and photos of Maharajas riding to battle atop their elephants. No image was as powerful as a leader…

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