August 2014

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Sometimes Funding Takes a Detour and Finds Yet Another Great Destination!
Last year we agreed to fund participation at a symposium on elephants for the program coordinator at the Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust.  Agreements were reached, funds were transferred….and then the symposium was cancelled.  Initially, it was expected that the meeting would be rescheduled.  But as the months passed with no further announcements, what to do with the funds?

The Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust teaches awareness programs in poor rural schools.  The programs are carried out in areas where there are conflicts between humans and wild elephants, where both humans and elephants die and where there is much crop and property damage.

The school programs are very useful as they show the children the reasons for the need to conserve elephants and how this can be done.  These programs introduce the children to all aspects of the elephant including its physiology, biology, reproduction, home ranges, family life, etc.  The programs give examples of how they can implement effective elephant conservation strategies.
The next generation of conservationists
Naturally, helping to fund these outreach classes seemed a most logical use of the funds already received, but unable to be used toward their initial purpose.  From contributing to the education of one individual, which would have been a good use of our resources, the picture shows our funds are able to reach a much larger, and much younger, audience. This is the next generation into whose hands the future of the Asian elephant will then be placed.

We appreciate our donors support that allows us to help make such education happen and if you think this is a good  use of funding, please consider a donation at this time.  Thank you.
Changes to Board of Directors

We would like to welcome two new members, Vanessa Gagne and Barbara Davis, to the AES Board of Directors! They will each bring knowledge and skills that will help AES continue to move forward in the future.  

In turn, Gretchen and Sharon have rotated off the board.  In 2014 Gretchen and her husband had a life changing event.  Their first baby, Ari, was born on May 28th. He is a beautiful, healthy, baby boy that brings immense joy for their family.  We are so excited for Gretchen and her family!  Sharon’s hard work for elephants has provided her with many wonderful opportunities and she will be pursuing these opportunities in the future. We would like to thank Sharon and Gretchen for their hard work as AES Directors, but this is not goodbye. Sharon will remain as the Chairperson for the Grants Committee and Gretchen will remain as the Chairperson of the Communication Committee. 

We look forward to working with all of these talented and dedicated individuals in the future. Watch for more information on our new board members in coming issues.
Ari at 2.5 months
"Partners for Pachyderms" Campaign

We have almost reached our goal! Currently we're at $1,710 of our $2,000 goal. 

There is still time to help provide desperately needed emergency veterinary care for elephants in Assam, India. 

The collaborative event, Partners for Pachyderms, ends in just 15 days and we are only $290 away from reaching our goal!  Please make a secure donation today.  Every dollar counts!! 
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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.
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 “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
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.

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