Free at last: More captive elephants to be released back into the wild

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will release captive elephants into the wild on the auspicious occasion of Mother’s Day, which took place on Aug. 12.

Chairman of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation Sumet Tantivejkul said the elephant reintroduction project was initiated to address concerns about habituated elephants and endangered animals. The foundation has implemented the project since 1997 under the concept “captive elephants are wild elephants.”

The foundation has helped more than 100 elephants back into their natural habitats. The project is an important measure to reduce stray elephants and revive the elephant population in Thailand.

The foundation will reintroduce eight more elephants into the forests on Jan. 27, 2017 in Lampang province, according to National News Bureau of Thailand.


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