About elephantencounters

Elephants are the backbone of Thailand. They have worked in partnership with people for over 4000 years and are now threatened with extinction due to environmental pressures and cultural change.

loong sapIn 2006 I met Loong Sap – a “retired” elephant who changed my life… I’m sure she was a teacher in her earlier life!

Loong Sap and I were together only ten days and in that short time she made me feel very much at home around her… letting me know her favourite foods…the times of day she preferred to swim…that she didn’t like getting her head wet…and that she enjoyed my company.  In fact Loong Sap would be looking after me while letting me feel I was looking after her!

It was very hard to leave her and her friends so I formed elephant-encounters to give me the perfect excuse to visit her and introduce others to the world of Thai elephants and the complexities of conservation. Together, our tours help finance conservation and I get to indulge and share my passion for adventure, animals and the environment. ​

On my tours, you will see all sides of elephant conservation in Thailand – from the joys of caring for your own elephant in a working elephant village, to exploration of National Parks and Sanctuaries in the company of elephant experts dedicated to finding ways for people to live in harmony with these huge neighbours.

With your involvement, we’ll help to provide a sustainable future for this magnificent intelligent species. ​

Jenny Dickens​

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