Our mission to help the elephants of MaeVang
The global COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone very hard but the elephants of MaeVang who we’re lucky enough to meet on most of our adventures have been hit particularly hard over the last year and more. These wonderful animals are also incredibly hungry animals and it costs a small fortune to make sure they have enough food each day to remain healthy. And of course the mahouts who live with and look after the elephants also need food too! With zero income since the start of the pandemic it’s become increasingly difficult for the elephant home to survive and that’s where The Tuk Tuk Club are trying to do their bit. Read on and see what our plan is!
But before that, a quick note about MaeVang Elephant home. This is a very small (8 elephants) home run by a family who have looked after elephants for decades. They, and their mahouts are hugely passionate about their elephants and offer small group (effectively private) opportunities for visitors to learn about, meet and wonder at these beautiful animals at their small base around 60 minutes South West of Chiang Mai. They do not allow riding – they have led the way in the local area regarding this – and any visitor will immediately sense how much passion they have for what they do. The don’t have a fancy website and aren’t great at PR, however they are superb at looking after and at creating wonderful opportunities to learn about elephants.