This weekend I flew to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for “Elephant Parade 2016”. Their story started ten years ago with a chance meeting with Mosha, a 7-month old elephant that had stepped on a landmine. Now Elephant Parade founder Mike Spits has helped raise more than 12.5 Million Baht for the Elephant Hospital in Lampang where Mosha is a permanent resident. They have done this through producing beautifully decorated elephants that have either been auctioned or received sponsorship. You can see the herd of elephants in Chiang Mai until 15 January 2017. You can also visit their workshop and museum to learn more. The following are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.
If you're interested in learning more about the elephant sculptures in Chiang Mai, you can visit the Elephant Parade museum & workshop pic.twitter.com/CvUEFzfbiD— Richard Barrow in Thailand (@RichardBarrow) December 10, 2016
The star patient at the Elephant Hospital is Mosha who stepped on a land mine when she was only 7 months old. She is now 11 & doing well pic.twitter.com/nOzwRLfkTk— Richard Barrow in Thailand (@RichardBarrow) December 10, 2016