Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
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As from 1st October 2017 we are proud to announce that trekking will no longer be offered at Hutsadin, instead we offer our visitors a range of activities that promote a close interaction with our elephants. In a safe environment for both elephant and visitor. Here you can take a bareback ride, walk with an elephant, shower and feed them or simply visit us. We also offer educational talks 3 days a week and a 3 hour mahout experience is available twice a week. Check out our website activities page where you will find full descriptions of the activities that we offer along with costs.
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Paul D
2 contributions
Jan 2023
We wanteds to take our favourite elephant home, but we decided she's so well taken care of we left her here to play with her happy family.
Written 20 January 2023
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Simon P
Crowthorne, UK8 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Fantastic visit to meet the rescue Elephants and it was an amazing experience. Be aware they only take cash. We paid 600 Thai Bart which included feeding and washing a magnificent female Elephant called Sweet Honey. For a little more you can also walk with them but we did not have enough cash. It was a great experience and I would thoroughly recommend. Took 5 minutes by taxi from Intercontinental Hotel….also recommended
Written 2 January 2023
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Wolfgang8580
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Family
After reading some of the reviews I was not sure to go there. But in the end we had one of the best experiences and the kids a great time with the elephants. From our point of view they are treated well and as well the persons working there had been very nice.
Written 31 December 2022
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599vickye
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
5 poor elephants restrained in a small concrete space by short chains. Mahouts with bull-hook spikes to move them around. Nothing on conservation. Learnt nothing about elephant well-being. Just $$$ So sorry I even stepped foot in the place. Thought I’d was going to be very different based on reviews on here…
Written 20 October 2022
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Shelly P
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
Very sad to see four elephants chained to a very small area for the day where they are unable to roam within a metre. I struggle to see how this can be of benefit to such peaceful animals. It was told to us that at night they are still chained but with a longer chain. It felt to me that this was a business not a sanctuary.
Written 18 October 2022
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SeattleBasedVagabond
Seattle, WA129 contributions
Sep 2022
It took some doing to figure out how to get to this place... Once we arrived, and confirmed we were at Hutsadin (not the "Elephant Village" signs direct you to nearby), we walked around a bit and my Thai wife talked to one of the workers (who was feeding citrus to an elephant, with pills stuffed inside).

There were three elephants, and a couple open spots for more. One was apparently out on a "walk" with a couple of tourists.

All of the elephants had one leg connected to a 1 meter (!) long chain. They tried to move around, and that one leg kept getting pulled. My wife asked in Thai why they were chained up. "If not, then they will walk all around, and we don't have much space here." Lovely.

At night, apparently they take them out to a bigger area where they can wander, but during the day they elephants are clearly not being treated like Hustadin would like you to believe.

We quickly left.
Written 28 September 2022
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worrabsj
Bang Saphan Noi, Thailand36 contributions
Nov 2021
Cannot recommend this Foundation strongly enough. The welfare of the elephants is absolutely paramount as they have all been rescued from previous employment, for want of a better word.
It is a wonderful educating experience for all and it is just wonderful walking with them around the fields. A place you just have to support!
Written 27 August 2022
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Cathie
4 contributions
Aug 2022
When we arrived, we couldn't see elephants but were welcomed by the entrance and taken straight into the "waiting" area. We opted for the walking, washing and feeding an elephant.

All started well. Waiting area has photos and some nice information about each animal. The elephant seemed clean , had no visible wounds and a member of staff was directing it just by voice (no sticks were used). However I became concerned, when during the walk at certain locations the animal was ordered to "wrap me around" by her trunk or "kiss me" for a photo shot. When we got to the stables, I noticed that all animals are kept on very short chains. After the wash, the elephant was ordered to take a basket and make moves to beg for more money ("tips for the elephant" as staff put it). My heart broke. I also saw an elephant being ridden by a tourist (no metal chair, animal's back covered by the blanket).

Basically they treat elephants as circus animals to raise money.
Written 14 August 2022
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Shagor
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Fantastic experience , we were welcomed right from getting out of the taxi by the staff , we were introduced to the packages and prices and opted to go for the 800 baht experience . Our Mahout ,jackie and our elephant Song Kran we amazing and so helpful it's great to see these beautiful animals upclose and personal as well as have the opportunity to walk with them and shower them . This Foundation does a tremendous amount of work and every part of it good too ,I could not recommend it enough
Written 19 July 2022
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Sandra W
Gothenburg, Sweden46 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Terrible. This is not how you work with elephants. Chained. Exploited. No freedom or natural environment. That a park that claims to save elephants allows and encourages tourists to ride the elephants is under all criticism! Thankfully, there are Real Parks that work hard to put an end to elephant riding in Thailand.
Written 4 July 2022
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