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EXCLUSIVE: Injured Elephant Brought to Light by National Geographic Rescued in Thailand


National Geographic documented elephant Gluay Homís injuries in a story on the dark side of wildlife tourism, which resulted in the elephant being moved to a sanctuary.

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National Geographic Magazine published an investigative feature exploring the dark side of wildlife tourism. While writer Natasha Daly was reporting in the field she came across a severely injured elephant, Gluay Hom, who had been living for years under a performance stadium at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside Bangkok. His feet were tightly chained, he had a bent, swollen leg and a wound at his temple.

National Geographicís reporting and sharing of this story in the magazine, online and on Instagram led to public outcry from readers. Over 70,000 people signed a petition calling for help for the elephant. But the prospect of rescue was complicatedóunder Thai law, he was property, and his owner, Uthen Youngprapakorn, would have to agree to sell or relinquish him.

Save Elephant Foundation was able to negotiate with the owner and bring Gluay Hom to his new home at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a 14-hour truck ride on Tuesday, Gluay Hom is getting used to his new surroundings where he is discovering dirt piles and grass after years of living on concrete.

For more information about this rescue, read the full story here

To read Natashaís original report, read Wildlife Tourism in the June issue of National Geographic magazine here

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