3 more days: The Elephant Nature Park


The floods in Thailand have been severe and volunteers at the Elephant Nature Park have assisted with the rescue of animals affected by the floods.  Here is a message sent today by the Founder of the ELP, Lek:

Dear All friends and supporters

This is the first time since Thursday that I have had the chance to send a message.

Our team finished work very late yesterday and some days we could not get finished until 3am. The situation is worse and we have to work quickly trying to save as many animals as we can each day. We see more animals drowned by the floods.

Today it is easier to move and we received help from the Wild life fund Thailand. They let us borrow their motor boat to carry the animals and we can get help to more of them each day.

Any one who needs to contact me today, please leave you text message or contact me at my staff office, I can’t take any phone call while we work at the rescue areas but I will get back as soon when I come out of the water.

Thanks for all volunteer who work hard and restless work that has saved hundreds of helpless animals.


The park itself is fine as they have a strong river wall that protects the park and its inhabitants.  However, they have made several trips down to the Bangkok area to help as much as they possibly can.  As Lek writes in a post from a few days ago:

It was horrible to see so many dogs and cats drowned from flooding; some of them were left inside submerged cars; some of them died in their cages. We manage to release so many dogs and cats from their homes where they had been abandoned.

Many suffering animals went on top of the roofs and we brought food for them. We released so many birds from their cages and I am so happy about that, but the poor dogs and cats were so traumatized that some of them went into shock and could not breath; some were in critically poor condition and lung problems along with pneumonia was common.

During evacuations, the government did not allow residents to take their pets with them on the boats and so many of them were left in a rush.  Not just pets but all the animals that live in the area have been affected; cows, pigs, monkeys, elephants, crocodiles and more.  All of them in need of dry land and food.


I feel like the Universe has been preparing me for this upcoming trip.  In the past few weeks I’ve experienced an extreme number of animal rescues and horrific deaths.  It seemed just last week that I couldn’t go 2 days without an animal dying in my arms.  There have been dogs that I’ve watched be hit by cars (one of them was VERY pregnant and we didn’t catch who purposely hit her with their SUV) to some of our own rescues here that didn’t make it.  From new babies to old friends, both here at my parent’s animal rescue center, to the streets of San Francisco, Bakersfield and Los Angeles, I have been tested to see how well I can handle tragedy.  I’ve cried a lot.  (A lot.)  But I feel ready to go to Thailand and help with the rescue efforts.

I know that what I’ve experienced here in the last few weeks won’t compare to what I will see and experience in Thailand and I’m ready for that, but if I can help in the rescue of even one creature, I know I have succeeded.

3 more days.

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