Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia

The Mondulkiri Project is an ethical elephant sanctuary Cambodia.

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The 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare are enjoyed by the elephants at this sanctuary.

  1. Freedom from hunger of thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain health and vigor.  The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project have a large jungle to graze on which contains a plentiful supply of bamboo, leaves, roots and grasses.  There is also a large river for continual access to fresh water.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.  The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project have a shady forest to live in which ensures they are sheltered from the sun.  They are free to walk around their jungle home all day.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.  The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project never have anyone riding on their backs.  Their mahouts do not use sticks to control them.  Every day our mahouts monitor the health of the elephant.  If an elephant is sick we contact one of Cambodia’s top vets in Phnom Penh and he comes immediately to treat the elephant.
  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.  The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project have a lot of jungle to walk around.  There are rivers, mud and trees for them to enjoy.  At any time each elephant can spend time on their own or interacting with the other elephants living at the sanctuary.  At no time are the elephants at the sanctuary forced to do something they don’t want to do.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.  The elephants at the Mondulkiri Project have been retired from work.  At no time do they have people or heavy objects on their backs.  They are not chained up all day and instead get to walk freely around our jungle sanctuary.


By asking tour companies how they treat their elephants you can be confident that you are visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary Cambodia