October 2015

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Fall Campaign 
Ends November 1st!
As we make our way into autumn we would like to ask that everyone consider helping us with our last push for our Fall Campaign.  In August we asked for the funds to purchase a portable scale to be used by Dr. Stremme and his operation in Sumatra.  

We are still looking to come up with at least $1500 to be matched by an anonymous donor.  This ends November 1st so let’s get all we can in before the deadline! 

Remember, every little bit counts so let’s make this campaign a success for elephants!
Regional Captive Asian Elephant Working Group Meeting
The Regional Captive Asian Elephant Working Group Meeting was held at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, June 11-12, 2015.  Asian Elephant Support was delighted to be able to fund Dr. Vanthinh Pham’s attendance at this meeting.  You may recall most recently AES, with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, sent Dr. Khajohnpat Boonprasert and two senior mahouts from The Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand, to Vietnam to assist Dr. Pham in the treatment of the young wild bull, Jun, whose foot was badly damaged by a snare.  The mahouts also helped demonstrate to the Vietnam mahouts, who had little experience with wild elephants, how to help calm and better manage Jun for safe and effective medical care.
Dr. Vanthinh

The meeting at the Chiang Mai University addressed establishing a comprehensive strategy and long-term plan for improving the management systems within elephant tourist camps across Southeast Asia.  Attendees also had the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experiences and promote the best practices in elephant tourist camp management, and to build a network of captive Asian elephant experts who can work towards the goal of establishing and monitoring improved management systems in tourist camps.

Dr. Pham found the presentations that addressed setting up medical buildings with laboratories, health care, feeding and training for elephants, as well as mahout training most informative and was able to return to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center in Vietnam with many useful ideas.

We at AES believe assisting those helping elephants develop friendships with others doing likewise is an important way to improve both the care the elephants receive as well as the knowledge and confidence so important for the veterinarian and mahout.  We couldn’t do this without you.  Thank you for your confidence and support!
Dr. Vanthinh 
A Special Visit

April Yoder, Vice President

When you live in the US and support conservation in Asia, more often than not, you never have the opportunity to personally meet the people you support.  Because AES is a volunteer non-profit and the Board of Directors pays for their own travel, traveling to Asia was a rare treat for April.  When she heard that someone we have been supporting for a couple of years was only a few hours away, there was no way she was going to miss this opportunity to meet her.  

Mamatha Sathyanarayana is a high school Biology teacher from Mysore, India. Along with her teaching responsibilities, she is also involved with wildlife conservation, especially elephant conservation.  AES has supported her to attend an educator’s workshop and has helped fund a couple of elephant education programs.  This past June April heard that Mamatha would be attending a seminar in Raleigh, NC for a few weeks in July.  Raleigh is only 3 hours from April's home in Virginia so she immediately contacted Mamatha to see if she would have time for a visitor.  It worked out perfectly.  April was able to make it to Raleigh for a short visit, but it was a great visit.  

Mamatha’s enthusiasm is contagious.   We spent the afternoon at the NC zoo including a behind the scene tour of the elephant barn and talking about what else . . . elephants.  The discussion went long into the night as they talked about their backgrounds, personal experiences with elephants, her conservation projects, and most importantly, future plans for elephant conservation in India.  It was a joy to meet Mamatha and April looks forward to working with her in the future.
Mamatha and April
 Jun Update 

Our last update about the bull calf, Jun, in Dak Lak, Viet Nam came from this past August. Jun has progressed wonderfully with his training to receive treatment from his mahout for his snare injury.  As you can see in this video, Jun is willing and able to take a foot bath.  This helps clean and heal his wound.  Stay tuned to receive updates about his improving condition. 
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AES Mission

~ Provide financial support for the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.

~ Increase awareness of the needs and future of the Asian elephant.

~ Increase awareness of the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity.

~ Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.
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