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Thailand elephant park promises to scrap tourist rides because of virus

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Thailand elephant park promises to scrap tourist rides because of virus



(CNN) — Elephants forced to perform tricks and carry tourists in a Thailand park are to be liberated from their controversial work as a consequence of the coronavirus, the park’s owner says.

Anchalee Kalampichit, the owner of Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, closed the park on Monday after tourist numbers plummeted from “hundreds” each day to less than 20, she told CNN.

Kalampichit said she would take the opportunity to revamp the park and let the 78 elephants on site roam freely for the first time.

When it reopens in the future, she said, the park would focus instead on “educating” tourists about elephants — and would no longer force them to carry tourists or…



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