December 2016

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries
Collaboration for Education & Elephants
Asian Elephant Support is fortunate to work with two very talented and dedicated veterinarians: Dr. Christopher Stremme and Dr. Arun Zachariah.

Dr. Stremme teaches at the Veterinary College of Unisyah University in Banda Aceh, Sumatra-Indonesia and he invited Dr. Zachariah to visit the University from September 23-25, 2016. Dr. Zachariah is a senior veterinary officer with the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, as well as an Assistant Professor for Wildlife Studies at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode, India. He is also a leading scientist on elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) in wild and captive elephants in Asia and specializes in wildlife disease ecology and genetics.
The first day included meetings and informal discussions between Dr. Zachariah, the Dean of the Veterinary College, several professors, and lecturers. They discussed EEHV and several other wildlife diseases, their potential impact, and their importance for endangered species conservation. In addition, Dr. Zachariah visited the College’s laboratory facilities and gave advice on how it could be utilized for different wildlife disease studies.
On the second day, Dr. Zachariah conducted a seminar on wild Asian elephant and tiger diseases. The topics included:
~ Wildlife disease ecology and their conservation impact
~ Current and emerging diseases in wild Asian elephants and tigers
~ Post mortem procedures in Asian elephants and tigers
The seminar was attended by a total of 67 participants including veterinary students, Veterinary College lecturers, professors, and BKSDA (Nature Conservation Agency- Indonesia) veterinarians.

AES strongly believes in collaboration between individuals and facilities dedicated to helping elephants! Being able to help fund the work of veterinarians such as Dr. Stremme and Dr. Zachariah is possible because of your support. Our thanks to you for helping to make such efforts possible!
Mayapur Temple Elephants with Dr. Kushal Sarma
by Hrimati Dasi

Dr. Sarma’s visit started with me fetching him from the Kolkata airport. The 3-4 hour car ride via the bumpy and crowded National highway 34, is filled up with talks about the doctor's past elephant adventures.

We arrive late in Mayapur and I check him into his guest room, which I had pre booked for him. After Kushal stopped at my house for a hot and fresh  cup of my own cow's milk, I equip the doctor with my extra bicycle, so he can easily make it early in the morning to the Mayapur elephant care center.

Our elephants rise from their slumber before sunrise and are bathed and groomed by their dedicated mahouts and taken out for their routine morning walk.

I meet the Doctor at 6:30 am at the care center, setup the microscope and prepared the elephant dung for examination. The doctor was very satisfied with the findings. No fasicola and only one strongyloid ova was found. As we discussed the course of treatment and a deworming schedule.  Our beautiful young ladies, Laksmipriya and Bishnupriya entered the gate to the care center from their morning walk.

After they drank water, I took their body measurements, while the Doctor wrote it down in the medical register.  

Krishna Pada Ghosh, a local Veterinary assistant, joined us to administer tetanus vaccinations to the elephants. After they were vaccinated, it was time to inspect the bottom of the elephant's feet. "It's not too bad." said the doctor, "only a little trimming of the nails is needed."

Three mahouts, Mintu, Bharat and Ajay, Dr. Sarma and myself, all got to do the pedicure on our Princesses!  Having the girls lay down on their sides is the most practical way to get the foot work done.  Because we routinely give foot care to the elephants, they are very cooperative and calm while getting their pedicure done.

After being so well behaved and patient with us, the girls received some more extra fresh cut grass from our grass cutting crew.

While the elephants munched on their breakfast, their doctor discussed their general diet plan and fodder varieties with us. To keep the elephants in topmost health, we grow organically a variety of fodder 'in house' for them, according to season.

In the afternoon, after another bath, we hand fed their rations, which consists of soaked chickpeas, multi mineral/vitamin powder and black salt or/and natural rock salt, which gets wrapped in banana leaf.

Our mahouts know Dr. Sarma well. In their native State of Assam, elephant keeping is an age old tradition. So, when the doctor visits, they discuss elephants, many elephants. It is always a pleasure to listen in on their elephant adventure stories.

Before retiring for the night, I gave Kushal a little tour of our temple compound. We visited some shops and even bought a nice shirt for him to bring back home to his daughter.

The next morning was Sunday and, like every Sunday, time for a long walk to the next village Rajapur. It takes about an hour and a half for the elephants to walk to the mango groves in Rajapur, where a nice healthy breakfast of napier grass was waiting for them, before returning back to Mayapur.

In Mayapur it was time for our breakfast and to say goodby to the Doctor.

While I read the health report for our two elephants, Laksmipriya and Bishnupriya, I am thankful that they are able to receive the best possible medical care. Dr. Kushal Sarma has already many more elephants waiting for him, not only in Assam, but many other places in India.

Thank you AES, for making it possible.

St. Louis Supporters, You are AWESOME!

Wednesday, October 26th , Asian Elephant Support held an all-day fundraiser at Granite City Food & Brewery.  From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Linda never got lonely for company. Below are all the photos taken during that day; if anyone is missing, it is definitely by accident.

At the end of the evening YOU raised $600 in dining income and gave $350 additional in donations! Both humbled and ecstatic by your turnout, we can only reiterate that, as a totally voluntary non-profit, all funds raised will go to projects we consider carefully that follow our mission to support the care and conservation of Asian elephants.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

CPK Gift Cards

This week is your last chance to purchase CPK gift cards.  AES will receive 10% of all gift card sales.  Great for stocking stuffers.  Even better for those who host or attend our annual CPK events.  Promotion ends 12/17/16

Giving Corner


Tax time is just around the corner and there's an easy way for some people to donate to Asian Elephant Support.
Check this out….if over 70 ½, you can make a direct transfer from a traditional or Roth IRA account to AES (a qualified nonprofit). This direct transfer avoids the need to report the distribution or pay taxes on the distribution when handled in this manner. For those who qualify, you come out much better than first taking the distribution and then getting a deduction according to your tax bracket (which never equals the full amount of taxes initially paid).
Sound a little bit complicated? Not so! Check here and learn how to help Asian elephants and help your bottom line too.

Elephant/Tiger Workshop

In February of 2016 Dr. Arun Zachariah and Mrs. Heidi Riddle co-sponsored a veterinary workshop covering the welfare of elephants and tigers.  Not only was it successful for teaching other vets about the intricacies of caring for these wild animals, in doing so, the veterinarians will be able to help mitigate human-wildlife conflict in their areas of practice.  To read the full report, please click here.


Trumpets to ...
Two Great Groups of Friends!

Little Rock Zoo celebrated Elephant Appreciation Day this past September with the elephant keepers hosting an event honoring their elephants, Babe, Sophie, and Zina. Babe stepped up to help their wild cousins by creating painting masterpieces. The zoo’s visitors delighted in purchasing the pachyderms’ artwork and at the end of the day, ‘the girls’ had raised $500 for elephant projects in Asia.

We at AES are truly grateful to be the recipient of this generous gift. Our thanks to the elephant keepers: Kristin Warner, Johnny Renuard, Maria Perretta, Justin Marren, and Ellie Wheeler, zoo staff, and visitors who made this day such a special event for elephants and elephant conservation! 
And then, at the Elephant Managers Association Conference in Oklahoma City, Santa Barbara Zoo presented AES with a gift of $250 from their elephant keepers: Liz, Liz, Emily, Patrick, Kris & The Team. Such kind generosity from an elephant barn that has supported our CPK event every year for the last five years.
Also Trunks Up to…  Carolyn Decker and Connie Sinclair for their many hours of administrative assistance to Linda. You are truly appreciated!  


Lastly, Trumpets To The Elephant Pants for their Double Donation Day Promotion this past October.  The enthusiasm of our supporters for this event garnered us $580.00 that will be invested, as are all donations, in projects that can best help today's Asian elephant and the future of this magnificent species.  

Asian Elephant Support is both humbled by and sincerely appreciates this wonderful support and can only promise to use these gifts as wisely as possible to support the care and conservation of Asian elephants in range countries. Thank you!
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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.

“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. 
We will love only what we understand. 
We will understand only what we are taught.” 

-Baba Dioum
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