I spent Christmas in 2014 at the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of unethical animal tourism around the world - including some in Chiang Mai as well (think: Tiger Kingdom).
If you want to spend time with animals, you really, really need to research the organization you will be giving money to.
Don't ride elephants. Don't play with sedated tigers (or any tigers for that matter). Don't grab tiny gators out of the Amazon River.
Spend your money on an organization that is known to actually help animals.
It breaks my heart to see pictures of people spending their tourist dollars on animal cruelty - unknowingly or not.
Comment with a 🐘 emoji if you love knowing these elephants are being well taken care of!
Another day...another adventure... Today we went to a local RSBP reserve which had a family day. We caught insects, built a bug hotel, coloured in, pond dipped and had a yummy picnic. The girls particularly loved pond dipping as we caught a couple of baby newts. We had a quick look and popped them safely back in the pond.
It was such a lovely day and we had such a fun time.
Maisey has been researching this afternoon what newts like in their pond as she’s planning on taking over her grandads.
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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day" - Winnie the Pooh / A.A Milne
Happiness of walking in the jabarkhet forest which is an example of a new conservation model to protect and conserve existing local forests.
This year in May, large parts of the privately owned jabarkhet nature reserve got severely damaged by forest fires.
More than 3000 forest fires were recorded by satellites in Uttarakhand this May, ten times more than in the past few years. Forest fires in Uttarakhand had destroyed more than 4000 hectares of forest area in 2016.
Forest fires can be natural but these many fires could be possibly due to changing climates and rising temperatures.