Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | A four year-old male Asian elephant named Gluay Hom is found with a broken leg and open sores on his face underneath the stadium where other elephants perform at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Over the course of a month looking at the elephant tourism industry in Thailand, this was the single worst case of neglect that we witnessed.
Our translator went back in December to check on this young elephant. Six months later, he was still languishing in the same condition. We hope that he gets the veterinary care that he needs.
For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals.
To learn more, read our story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @world_animal_protection which works to raise awareness and help animals in the tourism industry.
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