May 2016

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.

Thank you!

To all who participated in our 2016 CPK Fundraiser.  We couldn't have done it without you and your dedication to elephants!
Elephant Response Units To the Rescue! 

Once again we are so proud to be supporting the Elephant Response Units (ERU’s) in Sumatra, Indonesia. The work that they do every day is critical to the survival of the wild Sumatran elephant population.  On December 1, 2015 the Margahayu ERU learned that a wild female elephant and calf had become stuck in a muddy trench on the border of Way Kambas National Park.  

The ERU team located the pair and attempted to rescue the elephants, but it proved to be quite difficult. The team returned with the ERU captive elephants and with their help they were able to successfully rescue the wild pair.  The wild elephants returned to the rest of their herd that was waiting in the National Park.

A huge thank you to all of the ERU teams that are dedicated to saving the critically endangered Sumatran elephant and to all of our donors that make it possible.
President Linda's 2016 Trip to India

The end of January, President Linda Reifschneider had the opportunity to visit Dr. Sarma in Guwahati, Assam, India.  She stayed overnight at the guest house on the university grounds where Dr. Sarma is a professor.  It was delightful to meet his daughter and a niece, both veterinary students at the university, as well as visit Dr. Sarma’s office and meet some of his university friends and students.  On the drive from and to the airport, we passed one of the areas where train tracks have taken the lives of several elephants over the past years.  This is one of the HEC issues we read about, but seeing the lay of the land firsthand helps one realize what a really serious and difficult problem this is.

We headed out the next day to Kaziranga National Park where, just outside the entrance to the park, Dr. Sarma held one of his elephant health clinics and Linda got to meet some of the elephants and their keepers Dr. Sarma has told us about over the past several years.  It is always inspiring to see range country veterinarians ply their trade with minimal equipment and in an open field amid multiple elephants and their mahouts.  Seeing the interest and concern of so many of the visitors and residents who gathered around, confirmed our feeling that the people of India really do care about their elephants, even though they can be most destructive of vital crops and often also claim human lives.  A delightful encounter took place with some young lads from Meghalaya on a school outing.  Their interest in the elephants lent an encouraging feeling to the day’s effort.  And, of course, the medicines and equipment in use were items funded by AES’ generous donors.  

After the health clinic, we spent the afternoon with park rangers at one of their stations where they fixed lunch for us, had a brief game drive where we saw several of the Greater One Horned rhino for which Kaziranga is noted, visited and did some veterinary work at the park’s elephant compound, visited the site where two juveniles will shortly begin their training, and ended the day spending the evening at the mahouts’ compound around a campfire with lots of smiles and picture-taking with Dr. Sarma translating for us.  The following morning we drove back to Guwahati and had a lovely lunch at the home of Dwipan, Dr. Sarma’s assistant at the health clinic.  The warmth and friendship offered by this multi-generation family – not to mention the wonderful food! – truly is the kind of moment that one always remembers with sincere gratitude.

Dwipan, Dr. Sarma's assistant, and family

This was the first leg of a wonderful two week trip that will be shared in full in two more installments taking us to a veterinary workshop AES helped host with USFWS funding, and then some time with Mamatha, the Indian school teacher who is speaking out to her fellow citizens and students about the importance of learning to live safely in areas where elephants still survive and why it is important that these magnificent creatures successfully complete their trek into the next century.

Please look for the next India Trip installment and thank you for your support!

A Morning's Gathering in San Diego

In February, our president, Linda Reifschneider, presented at the monthly meeting of Geesoo Reifschneider, her daughter-in-law’s social group in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  This was a wonderful opportunity to tell a new audience about the work Asian Elephant Support is doing, and their generosity added over $1,000 to our budget to help elephants.

Las Damas de Fairbanks is a woman’s social group that does philanthropic work.  They meet monthly to socialize and hear a presentation on a relevant topic of that time, and they support small charities such as Pegasus, where old and lame horses are used to help veterans with PTSD, Monarch school which provides housing for foster children when they turn 18 to keep them off the street, as well as larger charitable organizations such as the San Diego Botanical Gardens and Feeding America San Diego among others.  In addition to their kindness and support of our efforts, we wish to give them a nod for the selfless good they do for so many others over the years.

And hopefully, our readers will see that AES doesn’t just do presentations at zoos and elephant conferences, but are delighted to ‘talk elephants’ and our efforts on their behalf, at any gathering or organization that would like us and we can arrange to attend!


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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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