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Elephant Nature Park: Part I

Elephant Nature Park: Part I

Tucked away in the lush, forested highlands of northern Thailand is a sanctuary that its founder lovingly refers to as ‘elephant heaven.’ Situated about 40 miles north of Chiang Mai, the 250-acre Elephant Nature Park is a true haven for Asian elephants, most who have been rescued from a life of forced labor and heart-wrenching abuse. In Thailand, the elephant is a sacred animal. But while nearly every temple, business, and street market is adorned with images of the revered…

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Paul’s Place

Paul’s Place

Located on Kangaroo Island’s Stokes Bay, Paul’s Place is a sprawling, 1200-acre farmstead of rolling green pastures, vegetable gardens and paddocks. When you pull up to the home, you begin to notice that this isn’t an ordinary farm, as five large emus trot up to the car to greet you and several peacocks strut by. A number of well-groomed and well-fed horses stand around in a nearby field eating mouthfuls of grass, and it might not be until the second…

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe is just as rich and unique in geological history as it is in its strong sense of community and values. The crescent-shaped island is the remnant of a large, submarine volcano along the Lord Howe Rise, an undersea ridge stretching across a large swath of the Tasman Sea. Some seven million years ago, an eruption of the shield volcano created an island roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) in diameter, with a large crater in the center. Geochronological studies…

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