Christmas Lights + Knitting Needles & Yarn = A Thoughtful Fundraiser for AES
With the thoughtfulness and creative talent of people like Jack Pine, AES can continue improving the health of elephants in Assam, India. On the way to the EMA Conference this year, Linda stopped by the Houston Zoo to visit with their elephant keepers, reacquaint herself with some of their elephants, and meet the youngsters who made their debut since her last visit. It was a delightful visit to the elephant barn, and a great lunch spent talking about the elephants at the Zoo and the work AES has been supporting in Asia.
Our paths crossed often at the EMA, and after we had all returned home, Jack Pine, an elephant keeper from the Houston Zoo, emailed Linda with a very special idea for a fundraiser for AES. Jack is a member of a knitting club that knits small animals. These are sold at the Houston Zooâ€™s Holiday Lights event, and the proceeds are donated to a conservation organization. When Jack told his friends about AES, they asked if they could make us the recipient of their talent for 2013.
Jack was particularly interested in our support of Dr. Kushal Sarmaâ€™s elephant health care clinics. AES has been supporting Dr. Sarma since early 2011. His health care clinics have helped elephants throughout Assam, India by providing medical care for the elephants, supplies for the people caring for the elephants, and teaching the mahouts basic husbandry techniques.
You can see from the picture of the â€˜elephant herdâ€™ in its early assembling, just how cute they are and how much talent and time each requires! The AES board offered to buy any â€˜stragglersâ€™ that didnâ€™t get a home, but every elephant was purchased making the holidays even that much more delightful. Their hard work resulted in a generous donation of $700 that will help AES continue supporting the good work Dr. Sarma is doing for Asian elephants.