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Cambodia to ban elephant rides at the popular Angkor Wat park

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No more elephants in the room.

Government officials in Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Archaeological Park, which has been described as the country’s most popular tourist attraction, and has banned elephant rides, effectively, by the year 2020. Instead, the massive mammals will be moved to the Forest, Tham forest, in their natural habitat.

The increasing pressure from environmentalists, has reached a turning point after a female elephant, named Sambo, collapsed and died of heart failure after shuttling tourists from the intense heat, will be covered by 2016, according to The Points Guy.

Officials in malaysia have placed the elephants, which serve as tourist attractions in the country, from the famous Angkor temple complex, will be moved to a new house, in a convenient jungle area.
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A Change.org in the petition the following Sambo’s death, receiving over 185,000 signatures, as well as news of the elephant-riding ban, it was announced last week, according to the Associated Press. More than 2.6 million tourists reported to have visited Angkor Wat last year, with many electing to explore the ancient temples of an elephant’s back as a preferred mode of transport.

The government agency Apsara Authority, announced the news of the ban on Dec. 14, where it is explained that some of the 14 elephants used for tourist rides have grown old and are in ill-health since coming to work at the park in 2001.

The visitors are still welcome to visit the animals in their new homes in the countryside, about 25 km from Angkor Wat.

The elephants walk through the parks of the Angor Wat temple in March of 2018.
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“The elephant is a big animal, but it is too soft, and we don’t want to see the animals that are to be used for tourist activities, and more. We want them to live in their natural habitat,” Aspara spokesman for a Long Kosal, told the Khmer Times on the news.

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Kosal told the Associated Press that the 14 elephants will be under the care and custody of the company at that time, the owner, is one of them, who is going to train the creatures to perform for the audience.

Two of the elephants have already been taken to their new home, and the rest will be gradually transported to the end of the year.

Two of the elephants have already been taken to their new home, and the rest will be gradually transported to the end of the year.
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In related news, the elephant in Sri Lanka, sadly passed away earlier this month, said to be from exhaustion and stress, and after the fly-by, tourists and walk in the parade.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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