At Elephant Retirement Camp 9 Dee Phuket, we’ve created a safe, natural and sustainable habitat for our elephants to live in.
We were established in order to create a haven for retired elephants formally working in building yards, entertainment shows and throughout the tourist industry, which has drastically altered their function in Thai society. The Elephant Retirement 9 Dee Phuket is currently home to five formerly mistreated elephants that are now free to enjoy their lives.
With the help of our guests and visitors, we are able to give these elephants the life they deserve with healthy food, veterinary care, plenty of land to roam on and even a mud spa to play and cool down in on our hot Phuket days.
Historically, elephants in Thailand have been used as laborers, carrying heavy loads from the jungle where vehicles were unable to go. However, more recently they are used to attract tourists, whether it is by performing tricks in an entertainment venue, out walking the hot sands of the beach for photos or carrying tourist on their backs for trekking expeditions. Because of this, the elephants are often mistreated, beaten or injured.
At Elephant Retirement 9 Dee, we are proud of our strict policy on the treatment of our elephants. Our mission is to provide as many elephants as possible with the good health, freedom and happiness they truly deserve. We use our progressive and ethically responsible approach to elephant eco- tourism as a platform to raise awareness and educate people from Thailand and around the world about elephant care and the plight of the Asian elephant.
It is estimated that at the turn of the century, Asian elephant numbers were approximately 100,000 in Thailand and likely in the millions globally. However, currently worldwide the population has decreased to around 30,000, of these, only 2,500 – 4,000 live in Thailand, and most of those live in captivity.
Unfortunately, increases in the human population tend to lead to reduction in the number of living elephants, the main reason for this being poaching and loss of habitat.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP?
At the Elephant Retirement 9 Dee Phuket, we are offering elephants a place to live free from danger or harm. We keep them together as a family and do not torture or train them, meaning we do not allow any tourist to ride them, teach them tricks or make them perform in any way.
Our goal is to show people up close and personal what special animals they are and help them realize that they deserve to be treated with love, care and respect. Elephant Retirement 9 Dee is constantly on the lookout for injured elephants, older elephants unable to perform or at risk elephants to purchase from owners.
By offering the owners a monthly salary of what they would normally receive from making the elephants work, they allow us to keep them in our sanctuary and care for them, giving them a healthier, happier life.
There are a few different ways that you can help! By visiting and volunteering - the money that we receive from people visiting our camp and volunteering is used to keep the elephants happy and living a lifestyle without force. Sponsoring an elephant - the money we receive when you sponsor an elephant ensures that the elephant is continually provided with healthy food and veterinary care. It also helps us free up funds to be able to remove even more elephants from the streets and entertainment shows.
The money we receive from visits, volunteers, merchandise and donations is primarily used for elephant rescue food, veterinary care, infrastructure and land, so that we may constantly be growing and expanding the capacity of rescuing more elephants.
Additionally, some of the money is also designated toward compensating the local owners of the elephants so that they let us care for them, instead of making them work.
Currently, Elephant Retirement 9 Dee Phuket is home to 5 formerly mistreated elephants that are now free to enjoy their lives and hopefully many more to come!
We still have plenty of land at our sanctuary that we can develop in order to provide more elephants a peaceful home. However, our ability to fund such development and upgrades is directly proportional to the amount of visitors, volunteers and sponsors we receive.
We are happy to accommodate your special function. Whether it is a birthday party, team building or any other event, we are here to give you an unforgettable experience with our elephants. All you must do is contact us for more details.