Accompany elephants as they make their way to a “retirement” park in Northern Thailand after careers in trekking camps. The project is an attempt both to give the elephants a more pleasant, natural life and to rebuild the bonds between the animals and the Karen people, who have traditionally worked closely with elephants. Volunteers stay in homes in Karen villages. —Kellie Schmitt
Escort Elephants: $500 for one week, including food and homestays. 66/(0) 53-818754, elephantnaturepark.org.Other Trips to Help Animals Whales in Costa Rica Snow leopards in Central Asia Orangutans in Indonesia Meerkats in South Africa Horses in California
This story appeared in the November/December 2011 issue.