August 2018

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Bonfire T-Shirt Campaign Success!
In July we launched a t-shirt campaign through Bonfire as a fundraiser to help us purchase a second mobile vet vehicle for Chiang Mai University vet department.  We were blown away with the support and participation from our followers and donors. We set a goal to sell 50 shirts and we sold 99!  This resulted in a total of $846 to go toward the $32,000 price tag of the vehicle.  AES would like to thank everyone who participated and we hope you love the shirts. Here are a couple of our supporters with their new digs:

Annual CPK host, Jennifer Wu
Danny Nagel, supporter from Facebook

Getting Along with Elephants
Community Engagement & Elephant Habitat Restoration in
Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan

The funding of this project by AES and other NGOs started in March of 2016 when the Royal Manas National Park Department of Forestry began a community-led habitat restoration project.  The project location, in the village of Tanzema, has been home to both humans and wild elephants for many generations. The local residents have become the activity leaders, planners, and the laborers in an effort to replenish the area around the community to a more elephant and human-friendly ecosystem. By creating elephant-enticing areas around the villages they are hoping to mitigate human-elephant conflict.

Since the last update, jackfruit tree seeds have been sown, 200 napier grass stumps have been planted, along with 50 banana plants. The local villagers have agreed to sow new jackfruit seeds every season, while the grasses will take root and spread like annual wild grasses that self sow. The watering hole and artificial mineral salt licks (replenished by the villagers) have proven critical components to keeping the elephants satiated.

For the villagers and their dedication, a clean water system was installed on the perimeter of the village. Also a multi unit community center has been constructed and finishing touches on the inside are nearing completion. Lastly, a kilometer-long walking trail was developed to provide the experience of watching wild animals at a safe distance. This trail is also used for herding cattle within the village.

We are so proud of the work from the villagers and the Royal Manas National Park Department of Forestry. This project is the first of its kind in Bhutan and they were recognized by the Balipara Foundation based in Assam during the Eastern Himalaya Naturenomics Forum in November 2018.

A BIG Trunks Up to the First Elephant Friendly Village in Bhutan!

Bunta's Poachers Brought to Justice
This past May, the International Elephant Foundation challenged us to match their $500 donation as a reward for the poaching of the bull Bunta in Aceh, Sumatra.  Together we supplied $1,000 for the capture of the poachers.  What makes this so special is that AES and IEF matched the $1000 that the community pooled together via BKDSA Aceh.  We are happy to report the assailants were caught and prosecuted. Please follow this link to read the article.  

A New Way to Celebrate your Birthday

Once a year, there is one special day in each of our lives:  the day of our birth.  Did you know that on average the month of September is the busiest month for births?  We must have a lot of Virgos running around! 

Traditionally, friends, family, and loved ones gather together to celebrate you. As children, we expect gifts of toys. As teenagers, cash is golden. As adults, a night out at a nice restaurant or sharing a good bottle of wine is a lovely way to celebrate.

Sometimes, an act of kindness brings the most pleasure, for both giver and receiver.

But how can you put a value on an act of kindness? And how do you show an act of kindness from several states (or countries) away?

Sure, you could buy a card and mail it, but in this day and age, the wonderful world of the Internet makes showing you care much easier than that!

For example, Facebook allows you to have a fundraiser for your favorite charity, like Asian Elephant Support! And they have made it so incredibly easy. You can set it up for your own birthday, or for a friend’s birthday, or, in fact, any date you want to celebrate. Invite your friends to join in and have some fun, too. Simply set it up in your Facebook menu under Fundraisers and choose AES.  Most generously, Facebook does not charge a fee for donations made to non-profits! More information about this can be found on Facebook, and we hope you will take a look and celebrate the work of Asian Elephant Support by hosting your own fundraiser.

It can be a richly deserved birthday present to yourself - and do TONS of good.  What could be better?

The calves are well over a year and a half now!
Riska and her calf Linda
Dona and her calf Cory
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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.
 “Where there is truth, there is religion.
Where there is religion, there is prosperity.
Where there is duty, there is nobility.
Where there are elephants, there is victory.

By Palakapya, Gaja-Shastra

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.
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 ( 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.

State of Florida disclosure:  A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA AES Florida Registration Number: CH51894 


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