July 2019

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Celebrating Another Year of CPK Matriarchs 

The final numbers came in for our 9th annual CPK Pizza for Pachyderms event and this year we have eight amazing ladies to thank. For the third year in a row we have held the “Host With the Most” competition with 3 separate categories this year including dining only sales, dining plus donations, and the big 3 (dining, donations, and something extra).

This year was our highest grossing year to date Topping Ten Thousand Dollars. Some of these ELEfantastic hosts have been hosting with us since our second event in 2012, while others are brand new to the herd, and we cannot be happier! We really can’t ELEbrate all their hard work and dedication enough! Thank you so much and hope to see you all again next year.

With continued support from amazing people like you and all the fabulous CPK hosts,  we are able to continue reaching our goals in order to help care for today’s Asian elephants and conserve them for future generations.

Top Left: Lindsey Eagan selling elephant art at her CPK location in Albuquerque, NM   

Top Center: Mallory Peebles and Grippy the Great Horned Owl from Glendale, CA

Top Right: Erin Johns and April Yoder back from 2018 when they were both in Norfolk, VA!  April is one of this year's winners. Even though last year's winner, Erin, relocated to Birmingham, AL she hosted another outstanding event.

Center Left: Jennifer Wu and her CPK helper daughter Naomi from Nashville, TN

Center Right: Christi Reiter and elephant calf Mavi (turning 6 this summer) from Tampa, FL

Bottom: Liz Beem’s amazing two and four- legged CPK pizza team at Santa Barbara, CA 

Not pictured: LeShea Cochu from Jacksonville, FL
Annual In-Person Director's Meeting
July 7 - 8, 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio

Since in existence, AES has traveled its annual in-person board meeting among various directors’ homes. As our board grows, having our meeting in any one home is becoming more complicated and so earlier in the year, President Linda Reifschneider suggested we start selecting our annual meeting site to coincide with the location of one of the several zoos that have been consistent supporters of our work. This would provide an opportunity to say "thank you" in person for that institution’s support.  As director Christine Del Turco would be visiting friends in the Cincinnati area around our annual meeting dates, she suggested Cincinnati Zoo.  That was a solid choice as we have benefited for multiple years from their zoo’s fundraising for Asian elephant conservation with their behind-the-scenes-tours in their elephant barn.

Val Nastold and President Linda Reifschneider
Linda reached out to Cecil Jackson,Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Elephant Manager, and while he would be out of town on our meeting dates, he was delighted we had selected Cincinnati Zoo and Val Nastold, Jr. would take care of us.  Our idea was simply to say "thank you" in person and Linda would treat the board and barn crew to dinner.  (Funds donated to AES are used only for projects that benefit Asian elephants and those who care for and/or must live their lives among the elephants.)  Val and the Cincinnati crew had other ideas!  😊

AES Board Members: Barbara Davis, Linda Reifschneider, hippos Fiona and her mother Bibbi, Janet Dray, Christine DelTurco

Val helped set up our lodging reservations to ensure we were close to the zoo.  He also secured a conference room on zoo grounds for the two days of our meeting; saw that we benefited from the staff’s 50% discount at the cafeteria at lunch; gave us a wonderful visit to their barn (always a very special time for all the AES board); set up a meet and greet for zoo staff and volunteers; and, with Friday night just happening to be the Zoo’s “Zoo La La” gala, secured an attendance lanyard for each board member.  Talk about Friday evening dinner!  The weather was resort quality, the food, and drinks were excellent, and delightful entertainment made for an unexpected and most humbly appreciated ‘perk’ we certainly never expected.

Vanessa Gagne and Christine DelTurco

Saturday night, Linda finally got to treat AES board and Cincinnati Zoo elephant barn team to dinner at A Taste of Denmark.  And what a fitting venue for we ‘elephant folk’ – their signature brew, Delerium has a logo of a pink elephant and the stem is shaped to represent an elephant’s trunk!

AES board members and Cincinnati Zoo elephant crew

Of course we visited the gift shop for a remembrance of this special year’s annual meeting location and gifted each elephant crew member with an AES tee shirt.

Not only did we have a productive board meeting, we had the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ in person to those who care for and about Asian elephants passionately – and the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in a social setting.

Thank you, Cincinnati!  We came to say thank you; we leave also saying thank you – Val, you sure did set that bar ‘way up there’!  THANK YOU!!!
Field Update

Christopher Stremme
Elephant Conservation Center, Laos

Dr. Christopher Stremme visited the Elephant Conservation Center in Laos this past May. Click here to read about his valuable work.
Janet's Market
Looking for a motivator to clear out some of your home clutter? Selling unwanted home items with the proceeds going to Asian Elephant Support is helping AES Director Janet Dray get rid of lots things that were just taking up space.

Janet and a couple of her friends have rented a Sunday stall once a month for four months at their local Public Market. The sun gods were smiling on their June sale and brought a large crowd resulting in over $120 for AES and, as Janet points out happily, a much neater kitchen and bar area at her home! A small table was also set up at their stall entrance with AES info to help spread our message.

On Sunday July 14, Janet and her friends Marie Niedermeier and John Frontuto had a Christmas in July sale at the market with at least 7 big totes ready to go - including donations from several friends also clearing out their closets in support of AES!

See if your community hosts a Public Market Community Garage Sale. Get some friends together and have fun getting rid of (AKA recycling!) your clutter in support of Asian elephants.  We would love to share your events and the elephants will benefit from your effort.

Thanks and Best Wishes
To Vanessa Gagne!

We wish Vanessa the best and thank her for 4+ years of service as she leaves the board!

Vanessa at Patara Elephant Farm
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Giving Corner



We at AES know that the work we do is made possible because of generous donations from you, our fellow devoted elephant enthusiasts.

Our ability to act swiftly and positively to impact the lives of Asian elephants and their care-givers, depends on your donations. Without them, we could not be prepared to assist veterinarians care for sick, injured or orphans; we could not bring educational programs to mahouts or help rural farmers with human/elephant conflicts; or support rangers with their anti-poaching efforts.

Without you, there is no Asian Elephant Support!

Please consider becoming a monthly donor to AES. Your commitment allows us to better forecast our budget and act swiftly when emergencies arise. And unlike that morning espresso you might spend $5.00 on, your donation to AES is tax deductible - and has ZERO calories!

Monthly commitments start at just $5.00 and you can choose the date and amount to donate each month, cancel, pause, or change your monthly gift anytime using your PayPal or credit card account. Becoming a monthly donor is easy, check out our Ways To Help Page  for details.

It may seem like your contribution is too small to help, but each contribution helps with the purchase of antibiotics, saline solution, tranquilizers, pain-relievers, syringes, needles, rubber gloves, bandages, ointments, scalpels, milk formulas, hay, straw, hoof knives...the list is almost endless!

AES is an all-volunteer organization, which means 100% of your donations go directly to help elephants in their native habitat. That is why Asian Elephant Support was founded: to help and do it swiftly.

Keep AES moving forward with a monthly commitment for the future of Asian elephants.

Myanmar Vets to Thailand

Asian Elephant Health and Breeding Management Course in Thailand:
Report for Asian Elephant Support

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Asian Elephant Support for your kind support for our trip. Without your support we could not benefit from this training.
From this trip, we got the opportunity to hear a lot of elephant information and we got to share knowledge regarding elephant healthcare management from different regions. Therefore, your support is absolutely effective for us and for taking care of our elephants.
The next days were practical training and demonstrations at the National Elephant Institute in Lampang, and Elephant Rehabilitation center, Pang Lah. On 11 June we had presentations on common health problems, tuberculosis, nutrition, and case studies in Sri Lanka and Thailand.  From 12 to 14 June we studied rehabilitation, obesity, welfare, anesthesia, practiced using an elephant-like ultrasonography, semen  collection, semen  evaluation, estrus  detection,  reproductive  hormone  monitoring  and  calf  management  after  parturition etc.
In June we participated in a 5-day practical course in northern Thailand. The first day (10 June) we had lectures on healthcare management, endotheliotropic herpes virus, nutrition, plasma transfusion and blood cross match at Chiang Mai University in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
In the online part of the course (22 April to 24 May 2019), we learned about anatomy, physiology, nutrition, endocrinology, ultrasonography, anesthesia, restraint, and breeding and parturition management of Asian elephants.

Best regards,
Dr. Moe Win Tun                Dr. Zaw Min Htun

Trumpets To:

Chris Rico for all of his help with our website!

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