Vietnam stops elephant riding activities in Daklak

14 November 2022

Daklak, Vietnam stops elephant riding activities and switch to a friendly tourism model. So it's really good for elephant to be in a wild nature.

On November 14, Mr. Tran Xuan Phuoc, Director of the Center for Elephant Conservation, Animal Rescue and Forest Protection in Dak Lak Province, said that the above funding was sponsored by Animals Asia (AAF). The support payments will be made from November 2022 to December 2026, in Buon Don district (Yok Don national park, center; tourism companies) and Lak district.

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At the end of last year, Dak Lak province signed a contract with AAF on a model of elephant-friendly tourism. Accordingly, the province does not organize elephant-riding tourism, elephant swimming contests, soccer games, road parades, etc. The AAF's funding is used to compensate elephant owners, groomers and care centers for the reduced income due to stopping elephant exploitation .Tourism centers are provided with funding and techniques to transform the elephant-friendly tourism model.

In recent years, the status of tourist elephant riding has affected the health, life expectancy, and the number of elephants in the area. According to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, the province has about 140 elephants, a 90% decrease compared to 1980. In 2018, AAF also sponsored 65,000 USD to end elephant riding tourism in Yok Don National Park.

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