Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Kulen Mountain, the Kulen Elephant Forest, a 1100-acre Wildlife Sanctuary, offers a safe and natural habitat for the former riding elephants of Angkor. This sanctuary is more than just a refuge; it’s a thriving community where these retired elephants can interact freely and receive the utmost care and attention. This sanctuary is not only committed to the well-being of these magnificent creatures but also plays an integral role in promoting responsible eco-tourism and sustainable rural development.
The sanctuary is an initiative by the Bos Thom community and is designed with an absolute commitment to environmental sustainability. The main lodge of the sanctuary is constructed from recycled wood, and the furniture has been reclaimed from the hospitality industry, reflecting a clear ethos of conservation and sustainability. Moreover, special care has been taken to ensure that the elephants have access to natural amenities like groundwater baths, which they can enjoy on hot days.
At the Kulen Elephant Forest, visitors are given an opportunity to closely observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat and understand their behaviors and relationships. The tours, which depart from downtown Siem Reap, provide a unique learning experience about elephants and their conservation. Visitors also get a chance to contribute to this noble cause by being part of overnight camping experiences where they can sleep near the elephants. The sanctuary is also planning to offer volunteering opportunities in the future.
The Kulen Elephant Forest is not just a Wildlife Sanctuary; it’s a home for retired elephants and a beacon of sustainable tourism. With its focus on elephant conservation and community development, it offers a unique opportunity for visitors to contribute towards making a difference while enjoying an unforgettable wildlife experience. Visit them and lend a helping hand towards responsible eco-tourism and sustainable rural development at Kulen Elephant Forest.
Address: Bos Thom Community Forest, Kulen Elephant Forest, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Phone: 085 577 177