Vietnam’s first ethical elephant tours launch in Yok Don

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The national park has stopped offering elephant rides and now encourages travellers to see elephants in their natural habitat

Amid growing global condemnation of elephant riding as a tourist activity, Yok Don national park in southern Vietnam has ended the practice and replaced it with the first ethical elephant experience of its kind in the country.

The formally captive group of four elephants were released from their chains earlier this month and no longer carry tourists on rides through the park. Visitors can instead observe the animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

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