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Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | “Wildlife tourism isn’t new, but social media is setting the industry ablaze, turning encounters with exotic animals into photo-driven bucket-list toppers. Activities once publicized mostly in guidebooks now are shared instantly with multitudes of people by selfie-taking backpackers, tourbus travelers, and social media "influencers" through a tap on their phone screens,” writes Natasha Daly. Taking photos with elephants in Thailand is increasingly popular. Here we see a bride and groom in Phuket, tourists posing after a performance in Pattaya, and personal photo shoots at upscale hotels and resorts in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
While these scenes might appear benign, it’s important to understand the training that goes into these encounters: In order for elephants to be docile enough to interact with tourists, the vast majority are separated early from their mothers and trained using fear-based methods that involve metal instruments like the bullhook.
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 the story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @wildlife_friends_foundation, a nonprofit that works on the ground to help animals in the tourism industry in Thailand.

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