Anchalee Kalampichit, the proprietor of Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, north Thailand, shut the park on Monday after tourist numbers dropped from “hundreds” daily to much less than 20, she informed CNN.
Kalampichit claimed she would certainly seize the day to overhaul the park as well as allow the 78 elephants on website wander openly for the very first time.
When it resumes in the future, she claimed, the park would certainly concentrate rather on “educating” visitors concerning elephants– as well as would certainly no more compel them to lug visitors or do methods.
She claimed the coronavirus pandemic had actually increased her choice, as a decrease off in tramp efficiently required the park to close.
“We desire to do the very same point at Maesa Elephant Camp rather of riding,” she claimed.
“On 23 March I made a decision to close as well as asked my personnel to maintain the seats [for spectators] as well as placed them apart … We do away with whatever we made use of to have for visitors as well as my news to the general public is that we will certainly quit from currently on programs as well as riding on the elephants,” she claimed.
Kalampichit claimed that for numerous of the 78 elephants residing on the website, this would certainly be the very first time they would certainly not have to wear seats for visitors. “We do not desire to do it any longer,” she claimed.
The Thai federal government introduced on Wednesday it would certainly prohibit the bulk of international nationals from getting in the nation as component of determines developed to take on the spread of the coronavirus.