ELEPHANT HAPPY HOUR
AN ALTERNATIVE TO RIDING
The Elephant Happy Hour is an activity that we offer here in Sauraha as an ethical alternative to the riding. At the moment, there aren’t many options for elephant tourism here. We give the elephant a chance to do what she wants for an hour instead. We’re trying to create a market in hopes that with enough demand, locals will copy it as an alternative.
The total activity lasts 3 hours, including a 20 minute jeep ride to & from Kumroj, where we meet the elephant. After a short introduction (with fruits!) we stand back, observe and let her be an elephant. Sometimes she'll cover herself in mud, other times it's straight to the forest to scratch against a tree or forage for fresh jungle food. The important thing is that she gets a much needed break.
We use all the extra money we collect to improve the living conditions of the mahouts and elephants.