S1 E3 – Elephant Tourism in Thailand and South East Asia with Lucy Ruthnum

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Lucy Ruthnum with elephant at the elephant nature park in Thailand, south east Asia

In today’s episode I talk to Lucy Ruthnum about Elephant Tourism with a particular focus on South East Asia.

We cover the different ways elephants are being used in tourism across Asia and the damaging effects it is having on them as a species. We talk about how you can responsibly see elephants in Thailand, including where to volunteer with Elephants as well as how you can spread the message to prevent other travellers funding these unethical and cruel elephant practices.

Places mentioned in the episode: 
Elephant Nature Park
Boon Lotts

Where you can find Lucy online: 
Absolutely Lucy
How seeing 100 Elephants on safari broke my heart
Find out more about Lucy’s time at the ENP

If you enjoyed this episode please consider giving it a review or rating on Itunes – this will help to extend the reach of the episode, and hopefully in turn, raise awareness for the cruel trade.

For every review or rating which is left on Itunes I will donate £2 in your name to charity. The current chosen charity is C.A.R.E in Phalaborwa, South Africa. CARE is a rehabilitation centre for Chacma Baboons and it is the first place I volunteered abroad.  You can find out more about the amazing work CARE is doing here.

The Wildlife Tourist is a bi-monthly podcast for animal lovers. Each episode aims to discover a new place in the world where wildlife is a big tourism factor. The Wildlife Tourist podcast explores and promotes responsible and sustainable tourism with an aim to life the lid and raise awareness on unethical wildlife tourism practices.

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