Eastern Wyoming College graduate travels to Thailand to save Elephants

McKayla Peterson, of Gillette, WYFormer EWC volleyball player and graduate McKayla Peterson, of Gillette, WY spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian.

The group spent one week at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand to work hands-on with the animals and learn about animal rescue and conservation on a larger scale. The Elephant Nature Park is home to over 40 elephants who have been rescued from trekking, logging, or forced breeding programs. Volunteers from all over the world feed, bathe, and care for elephants, as well as learning about their diagnoses alongside an elephant vet. The Elephant Nature Park is also home to over 400 dogs and 100 cats, as well as rabbits and water buffalo, and is sustained in huge part by the work of weekly volunteers like McKayla.

The students spent their other week volunteering at the Animal Rescue Kingdom dog shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The shelter is home to over 100 dogs who have been rescued after being abandoned, beaten, or abused.

McKayla is continuing her education in Animal Science at the University of Wyoming.

This trip was made possible by Loop Abroad. Loop Abroad has programs for students and young adults age 14 to 30, and offers financial aid and fundraising help to make their trips accessible to the greatest number of students. Interested participants can inquire or apply at www.LoopAbroad.com.