Elephant sanctuary in Thailand closes, asks for donations amid COVID-19 pandemic

Published April 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Richa Noriega

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary (EJS) in Thailand has been forced to close due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In an Instagram post on Wendesday, April 8, the elephant sanctuary said that all elephant camps in Thailand, including the sanctuary, have been forced to close due to the virus outbreak.

“All elephant camps in Thailand, including Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, have been forced to close due to the outbreak of the virus, and we must rely more than ever on external help,” the elephant sanctuary said.

The sanctuary said that elephants are suffering from lack of resources and asking for donations to purchase food and supplies for the elephants.

“We need help from previous visitors and other individuals who love elephants to continue to provide our gentle giants with the happiness and care they deserve,” it added.

According to EJS, they have 97 elephants under their care.

However, due to COVID-19 it diminished their ability to provide sufficient amount of vital supplies to the elephants under their care, the sanctuary said.