Dak Lak to suspend elephant rides in tourism activities

08:00:07 - November 16, 2022

Dak Lak, Vietnam will not organize tourism activities related to elephants such as elephant riding, elephant swimming and soccer contests, or elephant parades on the streets.

Dak Lak Provincial People’s Committee signed the “Cooperation on elephant-friendly tourism model” with Animals Asia Foundation – AAF on November 15. Accordingly, the province will make efforts to minimize activities affecting the welfare of elephants.

Y Giang Gry Niê Knơng, Deputy Chairman of Dak Lak People’s Committee, said that they agreed to replace elephant riding tourism in the near future by ecotourism with elephants, contributing to the conservation of this animal locally.

The province also agreed to spend more than 2.2 million USD to support elephant owners, mahouts and care centers to end elephant riding and switch to a friendly tourism model. The funding source is sponsored by Animals Asia Foundation.

There are about 140 elephants in Dak Lak now, down 90% compared to 1980, which is very worrying locally and nationally. Since 2004, AAF has cooperated with Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center to send international elephant care experts to provide health checks and technical advice on elephant care and management.

From July 2018, the foundation also sponsored 65,000 USD for the project to transform the elephant-friendly tourism in Yok Don National Park. Currently, 6 elephants have been brought back to live freely and fully cared for in the national park. This is strongly concerned and supported by domestic and foreign visitors.

Dak Lak to suspend elephant rides in tourism activities


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