World Animal Protection Approval

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A little over a year into Tiger Tops Elephant Camp we are delighted to announce that we have been given the World Animal Protection 10/10 rating for elephant welfare.

World Animal Protection worked tirelessly to create this comprehensive report and we hope that it will be the catalyst for even greater change within the industry.

This report finds that 77% of elephants used in tourism in Asia live in severely inadequate conditions and that 30% of all elephants observed were displaying stereotyping (stress) behaviours.

Although we are proud to be the only World Animal Protection endorsed elephant tourism venue in Nepal it is a bittersweet victory to realise how much improvement there is to be made the country over.

We won’t dwell on the negatives rather look to the future. To read the full report, click here

As you can see below, these are the criteria that we here at Tiger Tops, not only meet but exceed. Our guests are invited to walk alongside our herd, observe their interactions in their chain-free enclosures. Our herd live in their friendship groups and our team of outstanding mahouts give them the freedom to express themselves. Even at bathing time, where many venues would encourage tourists to bathe their elephants, we know that our girls would much rather play and splash in the water at their leisure, so that is just what we do.



We will not rest on our laurels. As many of you know, we have been proudly pioneering environmentally friendly tourism since 1964 and we will strive to continue to do so. Our doors are always open to other resorts who want to change their elephant tourism model to be aligned with World Animal Protection’s recommendations as you can see below.


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Although we would love to see you come to Nepal to visit us here at Tiger Tops, if you find yourself elsewhere in Asia please do endeavour to only visit venues that appear on the list below. For they too have been rated with the top level elephant welfare standards.

Including our friends at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary and Mahouts Elephant Foundation.




We highly recommend reading through World Animal Protection’s full report. Although some of the statistics are alarming, by understanding their findings together we can create a happier and healthier future for the captive elephants of Asia.


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