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Unchained Elephants

Would you like to make a positive impact on elephant welfare while enjoying travel benefits in Thailand?


Unchained Elephants

Would you like to make a positive impact on elephant welfare while enjoying travel benefits in Thailand?

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Rescuing elephants from the entertainment industry through the power of art and technology


Would you like to make a positive impact on elephant welfare while enjoying travel benefits in Thailand? Our mission involves rescuing elephants from the entertainment industry that live in harsh conditions, while at the same time promoting responsible tourism.

Join Unchained Elephants (UE) and be a part of our movement to tokenize elephants for a better life.


NFT Project

NFT Project

the cause

the cause

This project was born in 2021 as the impact of the pandemic on tourism also affected the livelihood of these gentle giants. Now that tourism is coming back, elephants are again being forced to work on the entratainment industry under cruel and abusive treatments. Unchained Elephants (UE) aims to make a difference in their livelihood, by rescuing these working elephant(s) from harsh conditions, sending them to a safe haven where they can be unchained and taken care of in a responsible way.

Unchained Elephants (UE) we believe education is crucial in creating a lasting impact for elephants welfare. That is why we were founded with a dual purpose: to not only rescue elephants but also to educate and give back to our community of supporters when they traveling to Thailand.


Be a part of our movement, join the community, and when you do, you will:

1️⃣ You'll be directly contributing to elephant rescues: 40% of all sales will be donated to the rescue and relocation of working elephants from the cruel entertainment industry to a safe environment.

2️⃣ You'll also gain access to our EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL CLUB, where your digital membership is purchased on the blockchain as a Non-Fungible-Token (NFT). Plus, you'll enjoy exclusive discounts on experiences and tours in Thailand. Resell the NFT (your digital membership) at your desired price, transferring your membership to the new owner.

your perks

your perks

You'll also gain access to our EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL CLUB, where your digital membership is purchased on the blockchain as NFT.


the Art

the Art

Unchained Elephants NFT comprises a collection of 9,999 digital artworks hosted on the XRPL, showcasing captivating imagery of elephants. These creations serve a dual purpose: raising awareness for the rescue of working elephants in Thailand and fostering an exclusive community of avid travelers. Among these digital treasures, the Original Herd NFT collection stands as an exclusive set of 99 meticulously hand-drawn digital artworks, serving as the cornerstone of the broader Unchained Elephants collection, which encompasses a total of 9,999 NFTs.

These original pieces of art were crafted by the talented Ecuadorian artist known as "Huesos Negros." The collection further divides into nine distinct sub-collections, each with its unique theme, including Active Giants, Hippie Herd, The Royal Herd, Gentle Giants, Alpha Herd, Hustle Herd, Discovering Giants, Ethereal Herd, and the foundational Original Herd.

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Vicki Kiely is an animal rights activist who dreams of living, surrounded by nature, and is actively working to make this planet a better place. Her passion for all animals took her to Japan, where she actively monitored for many seasons, the hunting, slaughtering, and capturing of thousands of dolphins every year in Taiji, at the infamous Cove. This organization ‘Dolphin Project’ was formed by the famous Ric O’Barry, an animal rights activist who was recognized in the 1960s for capturing dolphins and training them for the TV series Flipper. Vicki has a special love and connection to elephants, which drove her to Unchained Elephants. The mission of the project immediately resonated with her. She is passionate about creating awareness and has been working closely with elephants for more than six years.

The Activist

The Activist

Minting On

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Unchained Elephants was founded and developed by Daniel Villota. Daniel is an entrepreneur living in Thailand for the past 13 years. Daniel and his wife Susan are the minds behind the project. Together and with the support of Huesos the artist and Vicky Kiely the animal activist, we are determined to make a difference in the lives of elephants in Thailand.

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Voice For Elephants
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The project started as The XRP Herd, initial designs were drafted, selection of style was made, and the development of the website. The Beginning.


1st NFT Drop

Launch the site and start pre-sales through our website using XRP as currency. February 2022, first drop of 566 NFTs on Sologenic on XLS14, with a total initial sales of 10,076 XRP.



First donations released. 40% of the pre-ordered total sells 4.030 XRP was donated to 3 elephant sanctuaries in Thailand to support the elephants' food and care supplies as follows:
Camp Chang - Pattaya: 2418 XRP
Khao Sok 🐘Sanctuary: 1007 XRP 
Phuket Nature 🐘Reserve - Phuket: 604 XRP

MAY 2022


The new BIG GOAL was inspired. A mission to unchain the elephants and release them in a nurture haven. And so rebranding was a necessity. XRP Herd was rebranded to Unchained Elephants.

JUNE / JULY 2022


Developed strategic partnerships both within Phuket and other islands in Thailand, to unchain the elephants. While at the same time also developing hotel partnerships in order to introduce more utilities for our holders.



Minting the 1st NFT collection of The World Cup 2022 Unchained Elephants NFTs - Offering Exclusive access to holders of the TRAVEL PASS

April - May 2023


Plant it Forward Campaign & Minting the 99 hand-drawn NFTs of key community members and personalities. Followed by the 2nd drop of NFTs.

Q2 - Q3 2023


- Start Public Sales 
- Rescue the elephants and place them in a safe environment. 
- Deliver the Curated Phuket Tourist Guide to our NFT holders. 

Q3 2023


- Officially launch the Educational Program for travelers
- Start trips to the sanctuary for holders to experience the çelephants in the most elephant-friendly and ethical way possible.

Q2 - Q3  2023


Launch of the travel platform in partnership with Discovering Phuket. Roll-out benefits / perks for holders which will include exclusive discounts on restaurants, accommodation and attractions, chance to win in giveaways, and access to selected events on the Island of Phuket & Samui. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an NFT?

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are a type of digital ownership of which is recorded by blockchain. Each NFT is unique and immutable, which can be anything such as a piece of audio, video or image in digital form.

How do I buy a NFT if I am NEW to crypto?

If you are new to crypto and the NFT world, you can purchase your NFT directly with a credit card. Afterwards we will send you an easy and detailed email with the step by step to set up your personal wallet where your NFT will be stored.

How do I buy a NFT with crypto?

23rd June 2023
We minted and sold on XRP.cafe for XRP payments and on SuperMojo in order to accept credit card payments.

November 2022
We used onXRP NFT Launchpad, where our LIMITED EDITION was minted on - The World Cup Collection.

What is a digital wallet?

Simply put, digital wallets are the storage location for all of your NFTs and cryptocurrencies (like benign your own bank) that can only be accessed by the person who created the wallet. It is very important to store your seed phrase on a piece of paper and keep it secure. Do not store this phrase on an email or any place that can be accessed online, nor share the seed phrases with anyone. Otherwise by sharing the seed phrase it would be like giving your ATM card with pin code to a stranger. So please, be extremely careful with this.

*Unchained Elephants will never ask you for your seed phrase, so be aware of scammers or malicious actors.

What digital wallet UE recommends?

As we will be using the XRP ledger to mint our collection, the best wallet to use is XUMM. You can download it directly from their site: https://xumm.app (Please always be sure to click on the right link, there are lots of scammers out there trying to steal access to your wallet and funds).

If I buy my NFT with a credit card, how do I access my NFT?

You will receive an email with a step by step guide to set up your personal wallet and download your NFT.

Can I choose my NFT art?

No, all the art will be randomly assigned to everyone. We will inform you the process on how you can claim your NFT after the purchase.

When will I receive my NFT?

As soon as you purchase you will receive instructions on how to claim your NFT. We will start processing and delivering the NFTs to their caretakers, after we receive your order, we will send you instructions, as there will be a few actions that you will need to take inorder to receive your NFT. We will do a first come first serve, so we strongly recommend to start by downloading your digital wallet XUMM.

How many NFT can I purchase?

As much as you'd like.

Can I resell my NFT after purchase?

Yes, you will be able to sell your NFT in the open market though any of XRPL marketplace. Simply connect your wallet to the market place and follow the instructions to sell your NFT. We will have a video on how to do it soon as the NFT marketplace is live.

What if the NFT’s are sold out?

If all the NFTs are sold out and you want to get one, even if you never bought one before, you can buy on the secondary market. The price of each NFT will be set by each owner, so it will fluctuate depending on what each holder would like to receive for it.

Will I receive the same utilities if I buy the NFT from secondary sells?

There are utilities that can be redeemed only once, so if that NFT was already been used for an specific activity, you won’t be able to claim it again. However, there are other utilities like access to the platform to get discounts and other benefits will be always available as long as you hold the NFT.

What will be the percentage allocated to the elephants?

We will donate 40% of the proceeds to buy/rescue, feed, maintain the elephants and raise awareness about the situation with travelers.

What about the royalties from the secondary sales?

This is a long term commitment so we will donate a percentage from this sales for the elephants and maintain the awareness of the cause.

Where are you planning to place the rescued elephants?

We will decide once we know how many elephants we can rescue. This is something we are working closely with Vicki (UE animal activist) who will guide us based on welfares of the animals and their locations. For our first elephant rescue, Kanoon, he was safely relocated to BLES, an ethical elephant sanctuary in Sukhothai. For our current and second elephant rescue, Kham Phaeng, she will be relocated to Somboon Legacy Foundation which is located in Kanchanaburi.

What is the cost of an elephant?

Depending on the elephant, the price can vary from 25,000USD up to 90,000USD

Apart from the NFTs, how can I support the cause?

Educating is the key, so you can become an ambassador of UE.
If you would like to support in other ways, please drop a message to Daniel at d@unchainedelephants.com



Through awareness, light can be shed on the circumstances that the elephants currently live in. The start of our NFT project will create a domino effect – a chain reaction that will strengthen and expand the community and spread awareness far and wide.

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Articles & News

See our latest news, important updates, project progress and more.

Unchained Elephants' Second Elephant Rescue in Thailand

On December 12th, 2023, we unchained Kham Phaeng, a brave 54-year-old elephant.

Rescued Elephant Passes Away: A Journey of Loss and Impact

Kanoon you'll forever be an inspiration & our driving force for elephant welfare

Joint Initiative by Unchained Elephants & Somboon Legacy Foundation to Unchain a Lifetime of Suffering‍

Let's Unchain Kham Phaeng: Breaking the Chains of a Lifetime of Suffering