Elephant Camps Deserted As Tourist Numbers Plunge

Published on 16th March 2020 by Stickboy BKK

Elephant Camps Deserted As Tourist Numbers Plunge

Elephant camps in Thailand were deserted today (March 16) raising fears the animals could starve to death.

Footage from the normally busy Chokchai elephant camp in Chiang Mai shows the creatures locked in their enclosures with only a handful of mahouts to care for them.

Owner Chokchai Srisivilai said the drop in tourists caused by the coronavirus had seen visitor numbers at the park plunge.

The number of daily passenger arrivals this month at the country’s main airport in Bangkok is estimated to be just a quarter of what it was in 2019 – potentially decimating the country’s tourist industry.

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