British International School, Phuket (BISP) is proud to be the sponsor of Yin Dee, who lives at the Elephant Nature Park run by the Save Elephant Foundation in northern Thailand, where the BISP donation helps to provide him with the best food, medical care and shelter.

Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non-profit organisation dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations.

According to the folks at Save Elephant Foundation, “Yin Dee is full of joy. He is curious and energetic. He enjoys his play so much that he has to squeak repeatedly while rolling logs or plowing through scraggly bushes. He basks in the attention of his mom and aunties. He loves playing in the river and his afternoon play dates with Dok Mai and Faa Mai.

“Yin is always having fun, either by himself or among friends. Everything in life excites him – even an old tire, a piece of fire hose or a branch, newly fallen from a tree. Yindee gets so excited during his training sessions that he squeaks with excitement when he know he has done well. Sometimes when he is super proud of his achievements, he runs a ‘victory lap’ similar to an athlete who has just kicked the winning goal. It is wonderful to see how intelligent this young bull is and how much he really enjoys learning.”

About the Elephant Nature Park:

Beyond the concrete jungle of Chiang Mai, Thailand, lies an entirely different jungle. A real jungle where lush, tree-covered mountains are home to numerous species of animals.

Within this jungle is a special place — Elephant Nature Park (ENP). Unlike other tourist outfits in Thailand, ENP delivers something unique — a chance to interact with elephants without exploiting them.

These gentle giants, while revered in the country, are not free from abuse. Every day, wild baby elephants are captured and taken away from their mothers (who are often killed) and forced to undergo a torturous training to domesticate them, the phajaan.

This practice essentially breaks the spirit of the elephant, using fear of pain to train them to accept riders on their backs, perform tricks and paint. However, ENP provides a sanctuary for these creatures broken by tourism and the illegal logging industry.