A donation (or entrance ticket) of 500 shillings (approximately $5) is required. This entrance fee is nothing when compared to the cost of caring for one of those babies! The elephants can only be seen between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon).
You can reach Karen's House by phone or text message. There are no street addresses for this facility. To send money, text "KAREN" to 80888.
Karen's House is located approximately 60 miles north of Nairobi, Kenya. A taxi from Nairobi to Karen's House will cost you about $120-$150. Motorcycles are also available for rent at $25 per day.
There are several other wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya where you can see many different animals. Just make sure that you do your research before you travel so that you don't get ripped off!
Elephants are now worth between 500,000 and two million baht ($17,000 to $67,000) per baby, according to estimates. One reason for the high price is that there are only about 15,000 Asian elephants in Thailand. The other reason is that people think babies will be smarter or better looking if they are given to someone who can afford a huge price tag.
An African elephant costs about $150,000 on average, but this figure includes adults as well as calves. In fact, the price of an elephant calf drops after it reaches maturity because there are so many more adult females than males.
As with other big animals, such as rhinos and tigers, money can be made by selling parts of the animal. An Asian elephant's tusks are prized by some people because they think the shape of an elephant's skull is similar to that of a shark's. So they sell the tusks to make money to spend on more expensive items such as luxury cars. An adult male Asian elephant can be valued at up to $50,000 while an adult female is worth less than $10,000.
In conclusion, elephants are valuable because they are used in tourism and illegal poaching reduces their population significantly which decreases the value of the remaining animals.
A month's worth of elephant food costs at least $1000. Each elephant has a few mahouts who only work with that elephant. Each time an elephant is rescued, we must recruit and train new staff to provide proper care for the elephant. Recruiting staff can be difficult because most people want to work with only one kind of animal, so many rescue centers must specialize to find homes for every animal they save.
An average-size Asian elephant needs about 30 square feet of space per hour of life. That means a 1,000-pound (450 kg) animal would need about 3 acres (1.2 ha) of space. An African elephant needs more than double that, so a 1000-lb (450 kg) animal would need 6 acres (2.5 ha). A lot of land, but not impossible to give if you were willing to split up your property.
They also require a lot of food. The average Asian elephant eats 150 pounds (70 kg) of vegetation each day. That's roughly 10% of its body weight! An African elephant eating at the same rate would need 300 pounds (140 kg) of food a day.
So feeding an elephant for a whole month would cost around $1000.
That's where Perris, California-based Have Trunk, Will Travel comes in. The owner, Kari Johnson, stated that one of her five elephants may be rented locally for around $6,500, with the cost increasing depending on the distance of the event. The fee includes an elaborate outfit for the elephant. She also said that food and water would have to be provided otherwise.
Have Trunk, Will Travel provides custom-made trunks for people who want to show off their love at a wedding. A couple who worked with Johnson said that she had two types of trunks: traditional and LED. The price for each type depends on the length of the trunk. For example, a six-foot-long trunk can cost up to $10,000.
Have Trunk, Will Travel also offers sound systems for elephants, which are used at weddings to play music for the guests. The owners say that they have heard some amazing stories about how these systems have helped couples get married with a bit of romance in mind. For example, one bride wore white clothes and another one wore blue, and the guests danced with them to the songs that were chosen based on the bride's dress.
These sounds systems are not cheap either. They can cost up to $20,000 each.
In conclusion, renting an elephant is a very expensive affair.
The elephants' fees varied from $13,500 to $41,000, depending on their age. Vietnam exported 16 elephants to Dubai in 2017 for $25,000 to $30,000 each elephant. Swaziland sold 18 elephants to three US zoos for a total of $133,000 in 2015. In total, the country has exported 56 elephants over the past decade.
An elephant can live up to 50 years old. They are known to be one of the most loyal animals to humans. It is estimated that there are still around 15,000 Asian elephants in Thailand alone. Elephants need space of at least 5 square miles (12 square kilometers) to survive and reproduce. A large enough habitat must contain plenty of food and water as well as safe places to sleep during hot days and under cover during cold nights.
They are social animals that live in groups called "trains". Each train usually consists of a leader who knows how to work cattle and its own offspring who will become leaders themselves. The average size of a herd is about 15 individuals but larger groups have been observed.
Elephants experience many health problems due to human activity's impact on their environment. They die at ages 3 to 20 years old - often because of injuries caused by logging trucks or mines. They are also killed by hunters looking for ivory. Habitat loss due to development projects that destroy forests where elephants live or move to find new ones is another cause of death.