July 2018

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Bonfire T-shirt Campaign
Benefitting the EREC 
New Mobile Vet Unit

We are excited to announce a new way to help us purchase a mobile vet truck for Chiang Mai University Vet Department to provide care for the surrounding area's elephants. 
Currently they are using one vehicle for 4 veterinarians to make house calls to local elephant camps.  AES would like to provide them with a second vehicle to be shared among the vets and to make sure they have a backup in case one breaks down.  The campaign is set to run for 10 days, from July 15th - July 25th. 

We'd like to sell as many t-shirts as we can so please share this campaign with everyone you know and buy a couple shirts for yourself!  This is a special, one-of-a-kind shirt only available for this fundraiser.  It features our logo and the EREC logo in white on a charcoal grey shirt. 

Thank you and we will keep everyone posted on the progress via our Facebook page!
Above:  Dr. Yeaw performing a blood draw from the ear.  Typically blood draws are performed from the ear, but they can also be done on the rear leg while the elephant is standing.
Above:  Dr. Yeaw performing an eye exam
Below:  Dr. Yeaw with a newly collected blood sample

2018 Annual Board Meeting

Pictured from left:  Barbara Davis, Christine DelTurco (Turk), Vanessa Gagne, and Linda Reifschneider

This past June Turk and Vanessa headed up to St. Louis to meet Barb and Linda for the 2018 Annual AES Board Meeting.  Vanessa and Turk spent that Friday, June 8th, at the Cahokia mounds in Illinois and the City Museum in downtown STL to celebrate Vanessa's birthday.  Then we held AES meetings both Saturday and Sunday to plan out our next year's worth of activities and fundraisers.  Saturday night we were lucky to have a nice dinner planned at a local pub where we all visited with keepers and docents from Grant's Farm and St. Louis Zoo.  Vanessa and Turk visited the STL Zoo Sunday and enjoyed meeting up with their elephant keepers for a special training demonstration with Rajah on exhibit.  That Monday, Turk and Vanessa headed home and stopped at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO to see their elephant program and meet their keepers.  We look forward to sharing all of these exciting new ideas in the coming months with you.  Thank you for your continued support and helping us help elephants.  
The Center of Excellence in Elephant and Wildlife Research is operated out of the Elephant Research and Education Center in Chiang Mai University's Veterinary Department.  The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the Asian elephant in Thailand; not only as an endangered species but as a symbol of their people and culture.  Composed of a multidisciplinary faculty, this group has endeavored to share important research and culturally significant information about Thailand's elephants since 2010.  To read more about them please visit

Giving Corner

This summer we are hot on a mission to get Chiang Mai University vet department another mobile vet unit.  Do you have an old vehicle you'd be able to donate for a tax deduction?  Quid, pro, quo; your old car, boat, or ATV could help us get a new truck for Thai elephant vets.                      Check out this link for details

Make your Prime Day shopping count by adding AES as your specified charity in AmazonSmile.  Prime Day is tomorrow, July 16th.     Click here to get started!
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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.
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.

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