The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will release captive elephants into the wild on the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 84th birthday anniversary, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) said today.
NNT reported that the chairman of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation Sumet Tantivejkul has said the elephant reintroduction project was initiated to address Her Majesty’s concerns about habituated elephants and endangered animals.
He said the foundation has implemented the project since 1997 under the concept “captive elephants are wild elephants”.
So far, the foundation has released more than 100 elephants into their natural habitat.
The project is an important measure to reduce stray elephants and revive the elephant population in Thailand.
The foundation will reintroduce eight more elephants into the wild on 27 January 2017 in Lampang province.