Looking back on 2014, we would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year. Without you, we would not have been able to accomplish our mission to support the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries. As we look forward to new opportunities in 2015, we would like to share some of our accomplishments from 2014:
~ Funded VESSWIC for their elephant healthcare program.
~ Facilitated a USFWS grant to fund a veterinary field course in Myanmar.
~ Continued our support of Dr. Kushal Sarma’s elephant health clinics in India.
~ Raised an additional $2,100 for Dr. Sarma’s efforts in a collaborative campaign with Hope Elephants.
~ Funded an Indian schoolteacher’s attendance at the Elephants on the Line workshop in India as well as her initial workshop on human-elephant conflict with mahouts in India.
~ Funded the 40th issue of GAJAH, Journal of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group.
~ Funded the 7th FOKMAS Mahout Workshop in Sumatra, to be held in February 2015.
~ Funded the ECC, Sayaboury, Laos, to help keep key staff on payroll.
~ Hosted the 4th annual California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser.
~ Presented at the Elephant Managers Association conference in Toledo, Ohio.
~ Presented outreach programs at Virginia Zoo, Little Rock Zoo, Woodland Park (Seattle) Zoo, and Houston Zoo.
~ Added two new directors to our Board, with two previous directors now chairing committees.
~ Added two new advisers as sources of expertise as we grow our organization.
~ Funded a health clinic in India that the Wildlife Trust of India held during Sonepur Mela, Bihar, India.
We endured some very sad moments this year: the sudden death of Dr. Jim Laurita, co-founder of Hope Elephants, and also the deaths of infant calves, Noy at the ECC in Laos, and Agam at the Seblat Camp in Sumatra. These losses will be remembered and only reaffirm our commitment to this magnificent species.
Asian Elephant Support is committed to supporting efforts that will offer positive benefits to all range country elephants, whether in the wild or living under human care. Be a part of our team and stand with us as we work for the care of today’s Asian elephants and the future of this endangered species.
Please donate today and help us be prepared for the challenges of 2015!
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
~ David Attenborough