The motto at the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiangmai, Thailand, is as follows, "Experience the Heart of Giving for the Heart of Living." At Patara, visitors learn about the true wonder of elephants and can partake in a unique opportunity to be an "Elephant Owner For A Day." The owners and staff of Patara are dedicated to teaching the world about the importance and beauty of elephants, doing so by offering visitors a chance to really get to know the creatures. Per their website, "'Elephant Owner for a Day' is a special program created for everyone to learn and interact with elephants as what an owner would do daily, during which time you are trained to approach your elephant correctly, know the elephant's temperament, feed and check its health, learn about and take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands."
Elephants, the largest land animals on earth, are characterized by their big, floppy ears and large, dangling trunks. There are two species of elephants: Asian elephants and African elephants. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Asian elephants are endangered while African elephants are considered vulnerable. Thus, the people at Patara want to not only spread word about the fascinating creatures, they also want to raise awareness about their status.
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