June 2019

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.


Our 9th annual California Pizza Kitchen  Pizza for Pachyderms fundraising event has grown to elephant sized proportions - all thanks to some amazing volunteer hosts!

For the past three years we have held a “Host with the Most” competition and this year we have eight lucky winners from 3 different categories who will receive gift cards that were graciously donated by our awesome vice president, Barbara Davis.

Help us CONGRATULATE this year's winners for bringing our total CPK fundraiser amount to the highest it has ever been, topping $10,000!

Results are as follows:

 Dining Sales Only:

  1. Erin Johns - Birmingham, AL

  2. Mallory Peebles - Glendale, CA

  3. Christi Reiter - Tampa, FL

Dining and Donations:

  1. LeShea Upchurch - Jacksonville, FL

  2. Liz Beem - Santa Barbara, CA

  3. April Yoder - Norfolk, VA

Dining, Donations, and “Something More”:

  1. Lindsey Eagan - Albuquerque, NM

  2. Jennifer Wu - Nashville, TN

Again, thank you to everyone that participated and made this year our best yet.  See you next year for the big 10! 

Automated Sensor-Based Elephant Tracking Device for Reducing Human-Elephant Conflict
Koustav Choudury Interim Report
This report describes a sensor and call alert system designed for detecting elephant intrusions into
villages that border wildlife reserves and alerting threatened communities of the location of the
elephants. The sensor system for detection is wireless and is connected with a Hooter and Elephant Alert Call Amplifier for alerting communities. In order to balance power consumption, cost, and ease of
installation and testing in rural areas, novel strategies for hardware, firmware, and communication have been applied to the rareness of events to be detected and low data rates and light traffic load involved.

The system needs to be maintained by the communities, so attempts have been made to build in preventative maintenance measures and to build the system such that it is maintainable by personnel without technical expertise.
We have received permission from West Bengal Forest Department, India. Now we are ready to install 40 devices in 11 locations of Garumara South Range under Gorumara Wildlife Division. We have
conducted 3 awareness workshops with forest villagers of that region regarding the device. We have already built the 40 devices, which was accomplished by myself, Koustav Choudhury, Shimu Saha and Pradyut Roy and all of our team. Hooter will be placed in 4 Forest Beat Offices: Ramsai-Kalipur Beat, Gorumara Beat, and Bichabhanga Beat. We have made iron poles and iron boxes to install those sensors and we have already 20 poles installed in the Ramsai-Kalipur, Bichabhanga, Gorumara, and Dhupjhora locations.

We have installed 10 devices, and they are working very well. With these 10 devices we have tracked
elephants at least 5-6 times and have sent alerts to forest officials, and in these areas crop raiding is
starting to decrease.
Helium Comedy Club

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, a fundraiser for AES was held last month at The Helium Club in Buffalo, NY.

From left:  Lindsay Bronson, AES director Janet Dray, Mindy Ussrey

Trunks up and Trumpets to:

The Cincinnati Zoo and Val Nastold for their gracious hospitality.  We chose to hold our annual board meeting at their facility because they donate to us every year when they fundraise with their elephant baths, Cinci Suds.  The zoo offered us a quiet conference room right in the middle of the zoo where we could get to food and exhibits easily.  Extra kudos to Val and his team for tickets to their Zoo La La and organizing a great meet and greet dinner in downtown Cincinnati.  We had a remarkable time together.  

Multiple Ways to Help AES


Each month we try to focus on a different avenue you can take to help AES help Asian elephants in their range countries.

We are a not-for-profit organization and a 100% volunteer group, consisting of a small core of board members and a handful of advisers.
This structure gives us the ability to act swiftly and positively impact the lives of Asian elephants and their care-givers; and we depend solely on your donations.
Without your support, we could not be prepared to assist veterinarians’ ability to care for sick, injured or orphaned elephants; we could not bring educational programs to mahouts or help rural farmers with human-elephant conflict issues; or support rangers with their anti-poaching efforts.

Over the years, we’ve found many easy ways you can help, some are listed below, and you can find more information about them on our website’s Ways To Help Page:
  • Monthly Donations ($5, $10, $20 – you choose!)
  • Matching Contribution Programs (let your employer help too!)
  • IRA Charitable Donations (for those 70 ½ years young)
  • Car Donations (just think: elephants benefiting from your new(er) car purchase!)
  • AmazonSmile (set it up once and it works each time you shop online!)
  • Ebay Giving Works (selling your stuff, helps elephants too!)
  • GoodShop (this is so easy!)
  • GoodSearch (this doesn’t cost you anything!)
  • Cool AES Merchandise – T-shirts, Mahout Kits or Bags & Greeting Cards (show the world what is near and dear to your heart, AES – a true 100% Volunteer based not-for-profit organization)
Elephants never forget and we never forget that without YOU, there is no Asian Elephant Support. Thank you for helping us help Asian elephants!
Save Vanishing Species Stamp
We all need stamps so why not grab a few First-Class ones that also benefit endangered species around the world? Almost $3,000,000 has been raised since September of 2011.  Buy them here.
 “You know, they say an elephant never forgets. But what they don’t tell you is that you never forget an elephant.”

Bill Murray in the film,
Larger Than Life
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Buffalo Continued...

Since there are no California Pizza Kitchen restaurants (or even Asian elephants) in western New York, some of us were feeling left out of the AES Annual April ‘Pizza for Pachyderms’ fundraising event.  Mindy Ussrey, former Buffalo Zoo Elephant Manager thought of an alternative that resulted in raising $535 for AES on Saturday May 18, 2019. Mindy worked in conjunction with a local Buffalo, NY comedy club ‘The Helium’ to host an event before one of their performances. The Helium allowed us to receive a portion of the tickets sales that we sold as well as provided a table for us to promote and raise more funds for AES.
So even though the two Buffalo Zoo Asian elephants Jothi and Surapa had relocated to New Orleans earlier in the year, their former manager Mindy initiated, organized, and set up a very successful fundraiser for AES.  She had support from a very generous Seneca Park Zoo (SPZ), SPZ Assistant Curator Lindsay Brinda, and the four SPZ African elephants – Chana, Moki, Genny C, and Lilac. Lindsay not only helped in selling an amazing number of tickets to the event but also provided elephant paintings for sale to the public.  AES Board member Janet Dray supported the event by sewing and selling embroidered laptop cases and recycled tote bags as well as provided items for an AES gift basket raffle.  We also sold AES bumper stickers and handed out AES brochures.
Including the entertainment it was a very fun evening with friends, family and coworkers supporting AES through ticket sales, 50/50 raffle, gift basket raffle, item sales and donations. As an additional benefit – Mindy created a wonderful AES information display which we plan to reuse for more outreach opportunities.  Huge thanks to Mindy Ussrey and Lindsay Brinda along with Buffalo zookeepers Steve Ussrey and Gary Steele for making this a wildly successful evening. Your enthusiasm and commitment in supporting AES is inspiring, contagious and very much appreciated.
Thinking outside of the box, there are many ways to support AES fundraising efforts and have fun even if there are no CPKs in your location.  We are looking forward to seeing more ideas on how people are raising funds in support of AES efforts.
We  wish to extend a very sincere thank you to each donor who has voted their support with a financial gift. We value that confidence and will always do our best for the animals we all care for so deeply.

 Please visit our website (www.asianelephantsupport.org) and follow us on Facebook (Asian Elephant Support).  If you have questions, please  contact us.   We appreciate your support. Please consider a donation to help Asian elephants and those who care for them.

We do not not solicit donations in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah.

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