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WWF-Việt Nam hỗ trợ Kiểm lâm bị tai nạn tại Vườn quốc gia Yok Don

            Ngày 7 tháng 9 năm 2018, đại diện tổ chức WWF-Việt Nam đã trao số tiền hỗ trợ khẩn cấp gần 20 triệu đồng đến anh Lưu Văn Diện, Kiểm lâm viên trạm Đắk Ruê bị tai nạn trong quá trình thực thi nhiệm vụ tại Vườn quốc gia Yok Don. Sự hỗ trợ tuy nhỏ nhưng là nguồn đông viên kịp thời để anh Diện vượt qua những khó khăn trước mắt. 

Places of interest

Yok Don Mountain

Yok Don is a big mountain here. It is considered to be a good symbol and its name is used to name the national park. In M’Nong language (M’Nong is an indigenous ethnic minority here), Yok means mountain and Don means hill. Therefore, Yok Don means a high mountain made from hills.  The mountain is at 482 m height. It is surrounded by a combination of tropical evergreen forests and dry deciduous dipterocarp forests.

Why Yok Don is different

Yok Don has changed from elephant-riding to elephant-friendly tourism model for three years. We want the elephants to be happy and to live a good life they deserve to have.

Elephants in Yok Don National Park are allowed to roam free in their favorite places such as under the open canopy of dry deciduous dipterocarp forests or in the big grassland in the forests. On a daily basis, the mahouts come visit and take care of them.

Join our tour and you can go find elephants in the forests and watch them have a good time being themselves. You can see how elephants find and eat food. Most of the time, elephants eat bamboo leaves during rainy season. They also find bamboo shoots, forest crocus and green vegetation. You may see how they resourcefully remove soil and gravel out of the bunch of grass they have just taken from the ground, playfully play with their favorite new toy (a particular branch of bamboo leaves, for example) or attentively stick their ears out listening to any sound in the presence of something unusual. Here in Yok Don, elephants can eat and drink as much as they can and whenever they can. You can watch them being a skillful mud-and-water mixer and have a mud bath party. Additionally, you will be guided to know about natural behaviors of elephants, get to know characteristic personality traits of the elephants you observe, listen to interesting stories relating to wild elephants and captive elephants in Buon Don and in Dak Lak and identify some animal tracking if you happen to come across any.

The era of elephants being used as a beast of burden will be over soon. Elephants in Yok Don National Park are viewed as happy individuals, not a vehicle to carry people across the river or just to have a good view. They deserve to have a good time for the rest of their lives.

Yok Don National Park are proud to be the first one to change to this elephant-friendly tourism model in Vietnam. We expect to bring the best experience to our guests while doing no harm to the elephants. We also hope to set the trend for other elephant housing facilities.

Why we take this big step

Yok Don National Park, endeavor to bring the best experience to our visitors. Meanwhile, we wish our Vietnamese and foreign tourists to know more about elephants and view this species in a respectful way.

Captive elephants in Vietnam are found to be mainly in Dak Lak province, located in Buon Don, which is the cradle of elephant capture and taming in Vietnam, and Buon Jun (Lak Lake). Currently there are 45 captive elephants left in Dak Lak. (figures by 2018). Currently, most of captive elephants in Dak Lak are used in elephant-riding tourism. This causes serious damage to elephants’ health, welfare and life expectancy. Elephants who give rides often suffer from many diseases such as arthritis, foot problems, permanent spinal damage and skin problems. Additionally, they are restrained from the choice to have food, water, get rest whenever they want and to live socially with their groups.


Captive elephants in Dak Lak are getting older and older while there have been no baby elephants to be born (by 2018). Most of female elephants in Dak Lak are now too old to be fertile. Plus, it is rare for captive elephants to be pregnant. They may not have the choice to mate with the individuals they like due to the limited number of elephants in the village, the skewed ratio of female to male and the difference in social status and perspectives of elephant owners’ families. The unnatural habitat elephants are forced to live in, the burden and heavy workload they have to bear on a daily basis may also be contributors to the current situation.


As a National Park, it is our duty to promote conservation, to protect the scientific value of wildlife in the area. Additionally, we are responsible for utilising the landscape to develop ecotourism, assist local people in creating jobs, participate in tourism activities and improve living standards here. Plus, travellers all over the world tend to have more respect for nature and humane treatment towards animals. Therefore, taking such a big step – changing to an elephant-friendly tourism model – is a sound decision.

We are looking forward to having  your understanding for this decision. We wish to have your support to make the model work for the very first time in Vietnam.


Bạn có thể thích thú khi nghĩ đến cảm giác được ngắm nhìn khung cảnh, tận hưởng cảm giác lắc lư và chinh phục khi ngồi trên một con vật to lớn. Tuy nhiên, có những câu chuyện đằng sau hoạt động du lịch lạm dụng sức lao động của voi này mà bạn nên biết, trước khi bạn quyết định liệu nên hay không ủng hộ du lịch cưỡi voi hay không.

Natural behaviors and habitat of elephants

Have you ever wondered what many (Asian) elephants would do and would choose to do if they were not in captivity? They would choose to become happy elephants in their natural habitat, which are immense grasslands and rain forests.

Elephant riding – is it fun as it seems to be?

Elephant riding – is it fun as it seems to be?
You may think elephant rides are exciting because you can enjoy the view on top of a gentle giant with a sense of conquer and power. But is that it? If you ever think about joining this elephant exploitation-based tourism activity, you should know the cruelty behind.

Vườn quốc gia Yok Don tổ chức tuyên truyền bảo vệ rừng, bảo tồn voi nhân ngày voi thế giới 12/8/2018 tại Buôn Đrang Phôk, xã Krông Na, huyện Buôn, tỉnh Đắk Lắk

Nằm trong chuỗi sự kiện chương trình Hưởng ứng ngày voi thế giới (12/8/2018). Sáng ngày 11/8/2018 Vườn quốc gia Yok Don phối hợp cùng Văn phòng Ban Chỉ đạo Nhà nước về Chương trình mục tiêu phát triển lâm nghiệp bền vững giai đoạn 2016 - 2020 thực hiện RED+; Tổ chức động vật châu Á (AAF); Tổ chức Bảo tồn Thiên nhiên Thế giới (WWF)và Ngân hàng Công thương (Vietinbank) chi nhánh 12, TP.

Training programme of life skills on the theme of “Fascinating summer” for students from Dak Lak Teenagers' and Children's House

Within the framework of summer activities in 2018 for students living in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak Province, from 14th July to 16th July 2018 Dak Lak Teenagers’ and Children’s House have cooperated with Service and Environmental Education Center - Yok Don National Park to deliver a training programme of life skills o the theme of “Fascinating summer” for students. Around 30 students of secondary schools in Buon Ma Thuot City have joined the programme. They are trained on life skills and survival skills in the forest.

Khóa huấn luyện kỹ năng "Mùa hè kỳ thú" cho các em học sinh của Nhà văn hóa Thanh thiếu nhi tỉnh Đắk Lắk

Nằm trong chương trình hoạt động hè năm 2018 cho các em học sinh tại TP. Buôn Ma Thuột, tỉnh Đắk Lắk. Ngày 14/7/2018 - 16/7/2018 Nhà văn hóa Thanh thiếu nhi tỉnh Đắk Lắk phối hợp cùng Trung tâm giáo dục môi trường và dịch vụ - Vườn quốc gia Yok Don tổ chức chương trình huấn luyện kỹ năng sống, với chủ đề “Mùa hè kỳ thú” cho các em học sinh. Tham gia với chương trình gồm có 30 em học sinh bậc THPT (cấp 2) đến từ các trường học trên địa bàn TP. Buôn Ma Thuột, tỉnh Đắk Lắk.


Yok Don National Park and Animals Asia Foundation have been cooperating with each other for the purpose of taking good care of and conserving captive elephants in accordance with the direction of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry – Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture.