August 2016

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Myanmar Report 
AES is delighted to share this report recapping their past efforts with the elephant hospital in Myanmar. We have been able to financially support this project for over two years due to YOUR generous contributions:

We constructed the elephant hospital which was funded by AES in 2014. This is the first building for treating and dispensing medication to sick elephants in Myanmar. This hospital is intended for all elephants; not just government elephants but also for privately owned elephants whose owners want to have their health assessed.

AES also funded this shelter where we can keep the sick or the babies and mother elephants under the shade of this building.

The grass was planted last year and the grass plantation was widened this year by about one acre by the mahouts. This grass is intended for babies or infirm elephants at the hospital.  

AES funded water resources in 2016 not only for the elephants but also for mahouts’ families in that area.  Clean water pumped from this well is used not only for washing and cooking but for drinking as well.  The water tank can store about 800 or 900 gallons.

This is the primary school for mahouts’ children who are living at the elephant hospital.  The school teachers’ salaries are provided by the Myanma Timber Enterprise.   The funds for this building were provided by AES in 2016.  During the 2016 academic year, we had five primary school children and more than five preschool children in attendance.
Good Science & A Great Visit

Emmanuelle (Emma) Chave is a young veterinarian from France who our president Linda Reifschneider met in Laos two years ago. Emma was in the United States doing an internship on bull elephant musth at the National Zoo’s Front Royal location. She asked Linda if she might be coming to Washington, D.C., during her stay here and a date was set for a May visit. Dr. Janine Brown, Reproductive Physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Special Survival, National Zoological Park, extended a visit to the Front Royal location.

Linda’s day at Front Royal was spent with a group of visiting interns and full time researchers and it was most encouraging to see and listen to a group of young, talented, and capable people who are dedicated to the conservation and care of our planet’s wildlife. Caring about the future of Asian elephants, much less all endangered and threatened wildlife, can get discouraging at times. A day with those eagerly and capably tackling the challenges for the future of wildlife is a great pick-me-upper! And a special opportunity to share what AES is doing for elephants in Asian range countries.
The following day included a visit with the keepers and Asian elephants at the National Zoo, elephants who both benefit from and contribute to the education about their species. 
Emma is heading on to Sri Lanka for further studies and asked if Linda would consider visiting her there. Definitely! (tbc….)
You have what it takes to be an Olympian and AES is challenging you to join the game and be an Olympian for Asian elephants!
Game: Care for Asian Elephants (duh!)
Set: Set aside a small amount each week, towards a monthly donation to AES.
Match: Each month, share the AES newsletter with a friend and encourage them to match your donation.
Goal: Double your donation, sharing AES's good works with others.
1. Suit-up by stashing a couple of bucks in an envelope, and tuck it under your key board for safe keeping.
2. The game starts when AES's monthly newsletter arrives; get out on the field to share AES's good-works with a friend.
3. Pitch your monthly donation amount and challenge your friend to join your team and match it!
4. You've scored a home run when your friend has challenged their friends!
... and the Gold Medal Winner is... (drum roll, please!)... ASIAN ELEPHANTS!

The Elephant Pants
As you may recall earlier this year, The Elephant Pants graciously held a promotion and donated $2.00 per pair of pants sold to AES. They plan on offering another promotion, so stay tuned!

August 12th marked World Elephant Day. The Elephant Pants are celebrating the entire month of August with various blog articles.  Their first submission, published on August 1st, was written by secretary Vanessa Gagne.  You may read the full article here.

Straight from Sumatra,

Check out this video of the Margahayu ERU (Elephant Response Unit) team when they meet a herd of wild elephants! This is one of the many reasons these teams are so valuable.   

Riding on the trained elephants, it is amazing how close they can get to the wild elephants. They get a true assessment of the numbers, condition, and sex ratios of elephants in Sumatra.  The information they are able to gather will be used to determine conservation strategies to help save this critically endangered species.  

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.
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During the Miocene there lived a four-tusked elephant called Stegotetrabelodon that lived throughout Africa and Eurasia.  It had two tusks on the top like modern day elephants and two that protruded from the bottom jaw.  
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Update from Dr. Kushal Sarma (India)

Dr. Kushal Sarma, whom you may remember from previous elephant health clinics AES funded and the
electrocuted bull elephant he got back on his feet in 2013
, has continued to be, in his words, "badly busy!"


Dr. Sarma, pictured on the far right, directing a health clinic for mahouts and their charges

Recently, he had a call to come immediately to the neighboring state of Nagaland, where human-elephant conflict struck again.  A wild bull killed four villagers and the angry residents threatened to kill him if Dr. Kushal could not remove him. Luckily, he was immobilized and relocated successfully.  

Not too soon thereafter a stranded elephant washed down the Brahmaputra River into Bangladesh and desperately needed the doctor's expertise to be returned to its home.  Dr. Kushal made the trip to help it out of its dire straits.  The flooding in the area has created a disastrous situation for wildlife and humans alike.   

Stay tuned for more updates from the invaluable work of Dr. Kushal!
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