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Sapana Elephants

Sapana Elephants

Elephants are gracious, friendly and highly intelligent creatures. Normally they are exploited for commercial issues, which generally means a large number of people squeezed on their sensitive backs for Jungle Safari. But Sapana Village offers other elephant friendly activities like feeding them self-made elephant candy or fresh fruit, painting their skin, bathing them etc. The elephant jungle ride we offer is with maximum number two people to support the elephants’ welfare. These beautiful and majestic animals deserve love and care. We hope many other lodges in Chitwan will follow our initiative of supporting them.

pregnant elephant at sapana village lodge chitwan Nepal

Discover our elephants and their story!

Lucky Kali new life retiring her from work

Elephants are not only used for friendly safari activities in Chitwan Park, but Sapana Village Lodge offers beautiful natural environment to them for grazing, river bath and walking around the area. The stunning views of elephants enjoying their daily riverside activities are possible from the close distance sitting on the newly built bamboo bridge of the resort. Thanks to Lena, Donna and their organizations to give Lucky Kali the new life retiring her from work. We are proud to co-operate with them for this inspiring elephant welfare program. They need your love and care.

Samrat, our baby elephant

In January, we were proud to celebrate the second birthday of Samrat. After his sickness and a long period of recovery, he is finally fully healed! In 2015, Samrat was seriously sick (due to a herpes virus) and fighting for his life with a 50% chance of survival. During few months, all the Sapana team and local people were helping him to get recovered. People took turns day and night, providing him necessity care and bringing food.

Now he can enjoy each day in Sapana, he is curious and quite active with many activities and games!

Elephant safari Sapana Lodge Chitwan Nepal
Elephant bathing at Sapana Lodge Chitwan National Park Nepal

Srijana, the mum of Samrat

Srijana is now 40 years old. Before she arrived at Sapana Lodge, this young lady was living in a Hotel in the western part of Chitwan and was regularly going on Jungle Safari rides. Then, she became pregnant and her first owner wanted to sell her because she could not go on safaris during that time.

Sapana Village Lodge heard about that story and decided to buy her and her future baby. Now, she is enjoying her new life at the lodge.

Champa Kali, the “Grumpy Girl”

Champa Kali is 37 years old and she arrived at Sapana Village Lodge 6 years ago.  She was born in India and used to carry wood. Then Grumpy Girl arrived in Nepal to work in a hotel and was doing jungle rides with minimum 5 people on her back all day long.

Now that she lives in Sapana, she goes on safari with maximum 2 people on her back and for short rides (1 or 2 hours maximum) to support the Elephant Wellness Program. The rest of the time, she plays around the lodge and has a daily bath in the river. Sometimes she argues with Srijana about the food – that’s why we call her “Grumpy Girl”.

Meet Lucky, Nepal’s First private Retired Elephant!!

Recently, two non profit organizations – Association Moey and Direct Aid Nepal – have developed a partnership to retire 50 year old elephant Lucky Kali who had worked her entire life giving rides to tourists in Chitwan.
She is now the first private elephant to officially be retired in Nepal. Lucky Kali’s new home is at Sapana Village Lodge and instead of being used for rides, she is able to spend the day taking mud baths, grazing and playing in the river. Future plans include a “chain free corral” so that she can enjoy the ability to choose where she wants to lay down at night.Guests at SapanaVillage Lodge can enjoy watching Lucky from the restaurant and garden. Our hope is that Lucky Kali’s new life will lead to similar retirement options for more of Chitwan’s privately owned elephants.
Association Moey is now fundraising to support Lucky Kali in her new life.
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