Elephant riding in Asia may seem commonplace and normal, no different to horseback or camel rides. We’ve all seen photos of friends and family, smiling and laughing while enjoying the view from an elephant’s back. It’s just one of those bucket-list things you do on vacation, right?
Too few travelers realize that with elephants–an undomesticated animal and endangered species–it’s much more complicated. That’s why we created this guide.
Unlike traditional guidebooks, this book is intended to help you on a different journey–a journey of realization and understanding of the complex issues surrounding elephants in tourism. We haven’t provided a list of recommended experiences. As publishers, we don’t endorse any camps or tours mentioned here. Instead we’ve simply attempted to provide a guide to the realities to help you make informed decisions and judgements while traveling. Conclusions are up to you!
We’ve collected a group of the most authoritative, active and outspoken leaders in this field, and through their stories and essays you’ll share their wisdom as you choose if and how to include elephants, ethically, in your Asia travels.