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“Rather Depressing”

Elephant Breeding Centre
Reviewed 6 April 2018

A typical spot to stop for Chitwan visitors, it will spark mixed emotions. While its stated purpose is to breed elephants and it provides easy photo ops for elephant mothers and babies, it's troubling to see them locked in chains. Many will never truly experience freedom in the wild and are doomed to human servitude.

Some will be trained to carry passengers for safaris. This is a matter of commerce, so Chitwan will only shut down their elephant rides when tourists stop booking such tours.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

I was very excited to go to the breeding centre. But I soon realised to my horror that this was not the place I thought it was!
The museum has pictures of all the tools they use to control the elephants, such as bullhocks, and chains. They use a metal hook on the elephants ears to make them move and continually tug at their ears so they can perform tricks for humans.

the elephants are made to work the fields then they come to the centre for food, they chain them up whilst they eat. You can read about the process of making them into working elephants on the internet and it explains some of it in that horrible museum.
They ride the elephants which can damage the spine and course a lot of pain.
I would not recommend this place.

1  Thank Yelyak D
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Both myself and my partner visited the elephant breeding centre in February. Under the impression this was a breeding centre, we were unfortunately faced with the fact that these elephants are chained up and made to work, before being used as a tourist attraction.
The centre is located in a nice setting but this doesn’t make up for the way the elephants are being treated. This is not a well run centre and breeding centre would be the incorrect name.
A poor experience in total and will not revisit.

1  Thank Jack D
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

As part of a visit to Chitwan National Park, it is worth taking a few hours to visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation for the national park, it is very well managed, with breeding females living with their young calves (the six we saw were all several years old) under shelters that were well designed to offer good drainage. The visitor centre provides a good introduction to elephant breeding and management, leaving the impression that they are in good hands here. It is relatively easy to arrange a visit as part of a nice ride down the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, helping to make your day even more stimulating.

Thank mcneely2015
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Elephants are chained and hobbled. They all displayed signs of stress like swaying back and forth. Super sad to see them chained up.

Thank CriticalPam1971
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