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Join The Initiative – Take Part In Rescuing An Abandoned Elephant

Join us on Kanun’s incredible journey to freedom by supporting his rescue. Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, ensuring that 100% of the proceeds directly go to rescuing Kanun and providing essential care for him and other elephants in need. Select any amount you wish to donate and be a crucial part of this remarkable journey. Every contribution makes a difference in Kanun’s life and the lives of elephants like him. Together, let’s make a positive impact. Contribute now and help us create a brighter future for Kanun and his fellow elephants.

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Kanun Our First Elephant Rescue Mission

A 55-year-old male elephant in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai. Kanun’s current situation is dire, as he endures life chained up, malnourished, and with only one functioning eye. The urgent need for intervention has sparked a determined effort to save Kanun and provide him with a better life. Facing the choice of being sold into the logging industry or finding a way to be saved, Kanun’s plight has highlighted the broader issue of abandoned male elephants in Thailand. These majestic creatures suffer without proper care or resources, making rescue efforts all the more crucial.

Securing Kanun’s Freedom By Breaking Boundaries and Innovating For Impact

A groundbreaking initiative by Unchained Elephants is now in full swing, unleashing a remarkable fundraising campaign to rescue Kanun through their forward thinking digital art (NFT) project. You don’t need to be tech-savvy or even have crypto to get involved. This audacious endeavor aims to secure Kanun’s freedom and provide him with essential care, with a target of $25,760 USD (850,000 baht) to be raised. As a catalyst for change, Unchained Elephants offers an opportunity to make a tangible difference by acquiring one of the first 900 digital art pieces. With 100% of the funds raised directly contributing to Kanun’s extraordinary rescue mission and provide a comprehensive care package that includes vital medical check-ups and nourishment. This vital initiative will ensure he receives the care, freedom, and security he deserves.

**UPDATE: JULY 7th We have successfully agreed to buy his freedom for the incredible sum of $19,118 with Kanun’s owner

‍Relocating Kanun To An Ethical Elephant Sanctuary In Sukhothai -Thailand

Unchained Elephants has partnered with an elephant expert, Cristina Palacio. Discussions were underway to secure a loving home for Kanun within a sanctuary in Thailand. With expert care, veterinary support, and an environment that fosters healing, Kanun’s journey to the sanctuary promises a brighter future.

On the 12th of August – We have finally secured a home for Kanun – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary – BLES in Sukhothai has generously offered a forever home for Kanun. THANK YOU Katherine Connor & her team at BLES for this amazing news!

Unchained Elephants NFT art is a cause-driven project headquartered in Phuket, Thailand. Their mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of Asian elephants by creating a sanctuary where they can roam freely in a tropical landscape, away from the harsh conditions they currently face. The project is dedicated to rescuing and buying captive elephants, educating travelers about their circumstances, and transitioning Thailand’s elephant tourism to a more responsible model.


The project is led by Daniel Villota, an Ecuador-born entrepreneur who has been a resident of Thailand since 2009. Having developed a tender connection with animals from a very young age, he wanted to help them by leveraging his business and integrate it with cutting-edge technologies (NFTs) to make a positive impact. His passion drove him to create purposeful NFTs that support elephant welfare while indulging his enthusiasm for business development and groundbreaking technologies.

During the pandemic, Daniel faced significant challenges as the digital marketing agency he founded,E-Media Asia, lost 95% of its clients. However, he adapted and seized the emerging opportunities in cryptocurrency. He successfully managed a small hedge fund for friends and families, enabling him to navigate the difficult times and ultimately venture into the world of cryptocurrencies.


Collaborating with Daniel is Susan Borvornpotsakul, known for her exceptional organizational skills and her involvement in various ventures, including growing businesses like Coffee Culture Thailand. They co-founded and operated a digital marketing agency, E-Media Asia, based in Phuket for over 13 years. Through their agency, they provided marketing services, leveraging digital platforms and strategies to help businesses thrive in the competitive landscape. Together, they bring their expertise to Unchained Elephants, operating from their base in Phuket.


Vicki Kiely, an animal rights activist with years of experience in animal protection, plays an integral role in Unchained Elephants. She brings her passion for elephants and expertise in animal rights activism to create awareness and work closely with these magnificent creatures. Vicki also owns VK Performers Studios, a performance school in Phuket, where she empowers individuals to explore their creative talents. Her unique combination of experiences contributes to the project’s mission of raising awareness and advocating for elephant welfare.

With their collective experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, and animal rights activism, the team behind Unchained Elephants combines their passion, expertise, and direct connection to the local community in Phuket to protect and support elephants, while driving positive change in Thailand’s elephant conservation efforts.

Unchained Elephants not only focuses on their cause but also provides long-term benefits to NFT holders. Through sponsorship of the rescued elephants, exclusive access to a travel club with Phuket perks, certificates of adoption, close encounters at sanctuaries, curated tourist guides, whitelisting for future drops, and merchandise discounts, they offer unique privileges to their supporters.

Please feel free to donate via any of your preferred method if you simply add the amount to the above you will also be able to contribute with the following formats. But for those of you who prefer to do manually via email, call or whatsapp please feel free to get in touch with us. We accept contributions for Kanun’s rescue via the following methods:

1, Credit Card / Debit Card

2. Bank Transfer – Please transfer to the following back detail below. Upon successful transfer please do send your bank transfer slip to

BANK: Kasikorn Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: Discovering Phuket
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1458517742

3. Checks – Please send a check to Discovering Phuket Co.,Ltd.,, 259/5 M.5 Bangtao Soi 1, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

4. Crypto Donations To Our Address

– BITCOIN:  bc1qe4v4m25nj9why2mn83uygy04daud8s9ea3jm89

– ETHEREUM:  0xFf01e0B3070610fA1fFfca4D185F19d7452204f5

5. Coinbase which accepts