Nong Nooch celebrates National Elephant Day

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With 40 pachyderms in its stables, there couldn’t have been a better place to celebrate National Elephant Day than Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.

Sattahip District Chief Chaichan Iamcharoen and Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Athapol Vannakit opened the annual Bai Sri Su Khwan Chang ceremony at the Najomtien park March 13, along with Prawat Rattanapumma, director of Office of Regional Livestock.

A clever 9-year-old female elephant cleverly writes “Stop Killing Elephants”. A clever 9-year-old female elephant cleverly writes “Stop Killing Elephants”.

Nong Nooch currently is home to 35 female and five male elephants. The park celebrated the occasion with elephant shows, such as theatrical battles and a stunt from a 9-year-old female elephant who wrote “Stop Killing Elephants” on paper.  After finishing the show, the elephants received bananas, pineapples, bamboo and fresh jackfruit.

National Elephant Day was designated to have Thais recall the role the giant mammals have played in their history, serving as beasts of labor and war.