The ever-increasing rate of deforestation throughout Sumatera has gravely damaged the tropical rainforest ecosystem, which eventually led to lost of natural habitat to many significant flora and fauna, including Indonesia’s endemic pachyderm: the charismatic Sumatran Elephants (Elephas maximus sumatrensis).

Considered as ‘pests’ to those who relies their livelihood on utilizing resources through land conversion and forest-based industry, these ‘Gentle Giants’ were systematically evicted and eventually concentrated in ‘elephant camps’ scattered at several locations in Sumatera.

Living under poor condition, their survival rate drastically declines. In 2011, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) specified this endemic pachyderm as “Critically Endangered.” The latest report informed that Sumatran Elephant’s populations has extinct in one third of their natural habitat.


It’s been more than a decade since Nigel Mason was ‘summoned’ and eventually driven to go with a single mission: to rescue herd of Sumatran Elephants facing an almost certain death in ‘elephant camps’ spread in several areas in Sumatera.

Nigel led his team through a long and winding adventure traversing 3.000km of journey, and crossing three islands before finally reaching the safe haven at Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in Bali. The inspiring story of Nigel Mason on this nail biting adventure was ‘immortalized’ through a documentary titled “Operation Jumbo.”


Roaming a 3.5 hectares of authentic landscape, shaded by lush botanical garden and surrounded by the unspoiled forest ecosystem in the heart of the ancient Taro Village have made life much ‘easier’ for these rescued, Sumatran Elephants. From the abundance of food source, the controlled environment to keep them from imminent threats, to the nudge of human assistance at Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, is none but to make sure of their safety and well-being.


Elephant Safari Park & Lodge is a ‘living proof’ that business practice will never be sustain without conserving and preserving natural resources through collaborative efforts involving authorized supports of the government through its related agencies, Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in its capacity as private sector, and the essential involvement from members of the local community: an ideal partnership in the course of developing a model of sustainable business practice.


The establishment of Elephant Nursery Facility, in alignment with carefully assessed and implementation of Natural Breeding Program at Elephant Safari Park & Lodge had finally delivered. In 2009, Bali welcomed the first, natural born baby elephants at Elephant Safari Park: Jegeg (Balinese for “Beautiful”), and; Ganteng (Bahasa Indonesia for “Handsome”) was born two weeks later. While in the latter part of 2009, Riski was born after enduring a dramatic and daring entrance. Our youngest baby elephant, Fajar (Bahasa Indonesia for “Dawn”) was born in 2013.


Even before the first herd of Sumatran Elephants step foot in the Island of Gods, we are fully aware that developing and implementing a sustainable business practice logically means total commitment towards efforts in conservation and preservation of resources.

In the context of Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, this commitment was manifested through elaborate strategies and collaborative efforts: from infrastructures, to dozens of thematic programs. All aims to deliver tangible conservation outcomes, which irrefutably will support the business sustainably.


Elephants, like many other mammals, are widely known for their intelligence. Through close observation and specific method of reward-and-repetition training, our resourceful Mahouts ‘discovered’ several ‘artists’ amongst the thirty-one ‘residents’ at Elephant Safari Park & Lodge: the painting pachyderms. All the commercial benefits gained from their artworks are fully allocated for charity and donations.


Elephant Safari Park is situated in a rather secluded location in the Village of Taro, Regency of Gianyar. Surrounded by the well-preserved forest ecosystem, the moderately cool climate of the Village was assessed as an ideal habitat for Sumatran Elephants.

The 3.5 hectares establishment was officially opened for public in 1997, while the luxurious, safari-style ‘lodges’ starts operational more than a decade later in 2009.


Nigel and Yanie Mason started it all from a modest corner of Legian with Yanies Restaurant, before officially initiated Bali’s pioneer of White Water Rafting Tour under Bali Adventure Tours in 1989. The Masons didn’t stop there, as they officially launched Elephant Safari Park in 1997, and its luxury lodge in 2009.