In the foothills of the sacred Kulen Mountain, lies 1100 acres of protected forest inhabited by 14 elephants of Angkor. For 22 years, these elephants were forced to give rides to visitors in the temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, they roam free in their natural habitat and are living testimony of a changing world.
The mission of Kulen Elephant Forest is to provide the resident elephants with a happy and comfortable retirement, but also to offer a fun, educational approach to elephant conservation and contribute to preserving Cambodia’s remaining elephant population and their natural habitat. In the forest, they can finally roam free and unburdened, rediscover relationships and natural food, and receive the best care available.
This unique conservation experience is available as a half-day or full-day excursion from Siem Reap, offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in the daily life of the elephants. Spend time observing them as they enjoy their natural surroundings, walk alongside them into the forest, and witness how they choose to spend their time.
With 75 remaining captive elephants in Cambodia, the protection of these gentle giants is more critical than ever. A visit to the Kulen Elephant Forest will not only help the elephants of Angkor but all elephants in Cambodia through the KEF’s longer-term objectives.