Out-Of-Work Elephants in Thailand’s Tourism Sector Return Home to Wait Out Crisis

Save Elephant Foundation   / Associated Press

A herd of 11 elephants walk with guides during a 150-kilometer journey from Mae Wang to Ban Huay in northern Thailand. Save Elephant Foundation are helping elephants who have lost their jobs at sanctuary parks due to the lack of tourists from the coronavirus pandemic to return home to their natural habitats. Save Elephant Foundation / Associated Press

Skift Take: Coronavirus unemployment is also exacting a toll on elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector, but returning to their owners’ home villages would be a stop-gap measure unless more sustainable ways are found to maintain their daily upkeep.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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