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Washing Elephants in Tangkahan

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Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
+62 852-7560-5865
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I had very mixed emotions visiting and documenting what I experienced here. The employees not only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christy F
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Toledo, Ohio
Great Experience with Mixed Feelings

To be honest, I really feel like the CRU really try their best to help the animals. It is a lot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kamartinng
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San Francisco
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Green Lodge area | Tangkahan, Medan 20133, Indonesia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had very mixed emotions visiting and documenting what I experienced here. The employees not only used bull hooks on these docile creatures, but they were also fed an unhealthy diet that necessitated having their feces forcefully removed, (see pictures.) They also push selling elephant...More

1  Thank Christy F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest, I really feel like the CRU really try their best to help the animals. It is a lot better than the elephants I have seen in Thailand. Do the animals know that the CRU help them? I am not sure since it...More

1  Thank kamartinng
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

Considering these elephants were already in other captive, probably less desirable, situations before arriving, that they are rescued animals I believe this is a real attempt by the locals to treat the elephants as well as possible and give others the chance to have a...More

Thank Dan W
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

I feel sad that anyone chooses to make a living by exploiting animals, however difficult the economy. While my personally selfish aim to encounter an elephant was spectacular (I washed one elephant), it was clear to see that these poor elephants were not always treated...More

Thank SavoringTheGoodLife
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

This is a complicated thing, right? We'd all like elephants to be free, in the wild, etc. But these elephants were already in other captivity situations before arriving here, and I believe this is a real attempt by these people to treat the elephants as...More

Thank JR M
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

An awesome experience. Love getting up so close to these Elephants and their babies. They are well behaved and the Trainers communicate well about their elephants. My 2nd Time to Sumatra and will definitely visit Tangkahan again.

Thank Lyn M
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

As an elephant lover, and having visited elephants many times across Asia, this was the best elephant experience I have ever had. As all others, we were dubious about the conditions and treatment of the elephants. However we did not need to be. Please let...More

1  Thank KBBB2018
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Spending a few hours with the elephants was a truly memorable experience. These elephants are such kind, amazing and loving creatures. It took quite a journey from our hotel to get the elephants, but most of Sumatra lacks roads. Spending time riding the elephants, letting...More

Thank lesslete
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

I went to tangkahan several months ago and this is my review: 1. It's a good place for everyone who likes to see animal and nature. The location is about 2 hours from Medan. You can reach it by car. I am not sure if...More

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Thank WirdhaAHsb
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Lots of mixed emotions after visiting the Conservation Response Unit in Tangkahan where rescued elephants are kept in a small enclosure and living in poor conditions. Some look like they have been physically abused. This was a very sad experience. The next day, I arrived...More

12  Thank Mattie S
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Lisajane G
6 September 2016|
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Response from Heidi K | Reviewed this property |
I think the only way to answer that is to see it for yourself. Support for non-palm oil activities for the locals is important for preservation of the forest/wildlife. Would be interested in hearing from the operator's... More
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14 November 2015|
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Response from JasonBaerhold | Reviewed this property |
Yes, You should stay two nights for the best experience. 'Jungle Inn' is closest to the best spot for swimming in the river. (relaxing and fun) near the hot spring and secluded waterfall. (great ways to spend a day) Arrive... More
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