Our Projects include:

Working at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

In January of 2007, Kristal ushered in the New Year in Thailand where she had traveled to meet and work with Lek Chailert at her elephant sanctuary, The Elephant Nature Park. She was part of a group, The Power of One, organized by Juelle and Donovan, whose vision it is to teach young kids that they have the power to make a difference in the world. It was an incredible experience to be with American and Thai young people as they learned about each other's cultures and values, all the while learning about elephants: their magnificence, beauty and, unfortunately, how much they suffer in a culture where they are domesticated.

Sangduen LEK Chailert, www.ElephantNatureFoundation.org

Lek and Kristal share together their deep love and commitment to elephants.

Photos from Lek's Sanctuary...

The hut where Kristal stayed

View from the hut

Feeding the eles bananas. They eat the whole bunch at once!

Morning stroll with an elephant!

Lek has rescued 30 elephants. They all have horrendous stories to tell. Many of them have scares from the beatings and dagger wounds. When she was 5 years old, Lek's family was given an elephant. So she
has grown up with elephants, knows them intimately and is totally committed to protecting them from the horrendous torture of the "pajaan", the Crushing Box. She is trying to teach the Thai mahouts (people who own elephants) that they can use love and kindness to train elephants.

The Crushing Box is a centuries old breaking method used throughout Asia. It is so cruel and painful that 40% of the elephants die from it. Another 40% go crazy. Some will even commit suicide (by stepping on their trunk or jumping over a cliff). See the video below for a short clip of this method... If video does not start, click here to view.

Kristal Parks, M.A.
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