Photos by @kirstenluce
Join writer @natashaldaly
tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 a.m. EDT for a special @natgeo
Instagram Live with elephant Gluay Hom at his new sanctuary home at @saveelephantfoundation
, with founder @lek_chailert
The backstory: Natasha and I found Gluay Hom emaciated, with open wounds, and chained underneath a stadium at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside Bangkok, Thailand. We included Gluay Hom in our magazine feature story last year on animal suffering at tourism attractions around the world. After our story published, 75,000 people signed a petition calling for his rescue. Six weeks later, in August 2019, Save Elephant Foundation secured his release, transporting him by truck to its sanctuary. Tomorrow, join Natasha and SEF founder Lek Chailert live with Gluay Hom from Chaing Mai, Thailand, to see and hear just how far he’s come.
While Gluay Hom’s tragic story had a happy ending, so many animals, including the elephants you see in these other photographs, continue to suffer at that facility and at facilities around Thailand. COVID-19 has shuttered Thailand’s tourism industry, giving these animals, all very expensive to care for, an even more uncertain future.