June 2015

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Elephant Jun
A story of collaboration, teamwork, and the paying forward of helping range country vets grow their abilities to help Asian elephants:

In 2014, Asian Elephant Support (AES) funded two veterinarians to educational workshops:  Dr. Vanthinh Pham from Vietnam to a workshop in Sri Lanka, and Dr. Khajohnpat Boonprasert (“Dr. Yeaw”), from Thailand, to the EEHV workshop held in the United States. Dr. Yeaw’s trip was funded both by AES and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF).

Fast forward to 2015:
On the 19th of February, 2015, a young wild male elephant, since named Jun, was discovered by Yokdon National Park officials.  Dr. Vanthinh Pham and his team from the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center in Vietnam rescued him.

Jun was quite aggressive and Dr. Pham had difficulty effectively treating his moderately infected wound that would only worsen over time.  Dr. Pram sought assistance from veterinarians experienced in treating such injuries and to help train Jun with positive reinforcement to allow for safer treatment.

Dr. Khajohnpat Boonprasert (“Dr. Yeaw”), of The Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) in Lampang, Thailand, along with two of their highly experienced mahouts, traveled to Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center in Vietnam April 18th-25th.  Dr. Yeaw performed the initial surgical debridement, then guided Dr. Pham in an additional debridement surgery.  The TECC mahouts showed their Vietnamese counterparts how to safely and humanely train Jun to accept further medical care.  And again, AES and GTAEF joined forces to fund this effort.

As of this writing Jun appears to be getting better, with both Dr. Yeaw and Dr. Pham happy with the progress. Dr. Pham is better at handling him, now working on finding a way to get blood tests done.  And two veterinarians, in two different countries but sharing the same concern for Asian elephants, are now reaching across the border, sharing knowledge and helping.  We are delighted to see this story unfold, both that Jun is receiving help and that our investment in each of these gentlemen is paying itself forward in exactly the manner the Asian elephant needs.  

We are pleased to be able to share this effort with you and, as always, thank YOU for your support, without which we would not be able to make a difference.
Double the Goodness!

When spring awakens Mother Nature, we are given a showing of colorful blooms. Many of those blooms turn into juicy vegetables, giving us a double dose of goodness.   Doubling the chocolate chips  makes for a yummier cookie and how often do we give a double glance at a two-for-one sale? With the exception of medicine - cod liver oil comes to mind - most double-doses are quite nice and welcomed.

Double doses can come from unsuspecting places, too. Last year, a survey showed that 20 percent of U.S. businesses match the charitable contributions made by their employees and retirees. It's a multiplier effect, where one dollar donated generates a matching dollar for an eligible nonprofit like AES. Often these corporate programs are tucked away within the human resources department,  and are overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the average work week.

Perhaps your business, or your employer,  has a matching contribution program. If so, by joining, your donation makes a more positive impact on the conservation and care of Asian elephants in their range countries.  

Why not look into it? We'd love it if you did  and you would be doing double for the elephants!     
Thank You for Your Support in 2014!

Asian Elephant Support would like to thank the following individuals and corporations for their support in 2014. Your donations ensure our ability to support the care and conservation of elephants in their Asian range countries. 
$25,000 and Above
US Fish & Wildlife Services

$15,000 - $24,999
Qualcomm Matching Grant Program
Eric & Geesoo Reifschneider

$2,500 - $4,999
Edward Jones
Linda Reifschneider

$1,500 - $2,499
Hope Elephants
Woodland Park Zoo

$1,000 - $1,499
John D. & Crystal K. Beuerlein
Cincinnati Zoo
Verifi Inc.

$500 - $999
Houston Zoo
Little Rock Zoo
TZ Production

$250 - $499
Sandy Aversa
Santa Barbara Zoo
Team Elephant

$100 – $249
The Boeing Company/Employees 
Community Involvement
Barbara Davis
Carolyn Decker
Mary Fran Ebersole
Phillipp Fleischer
Pat & Molly Flora
Vanessa Gagne
Sandra Graham
Adele Grunberg
Alexandra Heckart

Gary & Kari Johnson
Rich & Wanda Johnson
Whitney Jones
Linda Knowlton
Hannah & Drew Lieberoff
Jacquelyn T. Lowe

Yogi Madras
Nancy McDaniel
Anita Sanchez
George & Carol Spindler
April Yoder

$1 - $99
James & Kathryn Bash
Crystal Birns
Sue Berron
Catherine Brown
Thomas & Bonnie Bushee
Cynthia Christison
Andrea Christman
Charlie & Patricia Clements
Laura Clements
Carolyn Cox
Deborah Dixon
Nancy Dixon
Mark C. & Alice R. Feffer
Arthur D. & Kathleen Ford
Mario Galindo
Sharon Glaeser
Diana Goodsell
Sharon Hacklander
Vicky Hallenbeck
Patrick Hampton
Matsuyuki I. Kato
Elinor W. Klivans
Larry Koch
Karen A. Leonard
Scott & Karen D. Lewis
Brock & Nancy Lutz
Dedra Maxwell
Kristin Lione
Marisa Nickle
Patricia O’Neill
Renaissance Charitable
Foundation, Inc.
Gene Rollins
Celeste Ruwwe & Geraldine Hufker
Shonene A. Scott
Karen A.  Shepherdson
Connie Sinclair
Rayma Stassen
Kathryn Steele
M Hyati & Loyce Turan
Marcella Weast
Chris Wiberg
Donna Williams
In addition, $7,762.16 of in-kind donations were contributed by the officers and directors of Asian Elephant Support during 2014.
Party for the Planet!
On Saturday, April 18th, the Virginia Zoo celebrated Earth Day in a big way! Vice President, April Yoder was on hand to help the zoo goers learn about Asian elephant conservation and how AES supports the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.


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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.


Test your elephant knowledge!

Answers will be provided the following month.

May's Question/Answer:
Do elephants see in color?
Answer:  No, elephants have rods in their eyes and no cones, so they only see in shades of grey.

June's Question:
Can Asian elephants sweat?

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