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Over 1,000 elephants in Thailand could be facing starvation as the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted revenue generated from tourism in the country.
With much of Thailand in lockdown and its borders closed to all tourists, caretakers of the largest existing land mammals are struggling to afford food for the country’s 4,000 captive elephants. Tourism in Thailand indirectly contributes to about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the Royal Thai Embassy.