November 2015

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
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Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Workshops
“The current trend of human-elephant conflict in Bhutan is very scary.  This is because it involves two important dimensions – the livelihood of the poor farmer and conservation of the endangered Asian elephants.”


The above quote, submitted by Yeshey Wangdi, Senior Park Ranger, Royal Manas National Park, is in his final report covering the first series of community workshops, the most recent one having been funded by Asian Elephant Support.   Ranger Wangdi is offering HEC mitigation workshops to communities created by government resettlement in areas that were previously forested elephant corridors and are now experiencing a steadily increasing incidence of human-elephant conflict.  The workshop includes some general biology and behavior of elephants as well as the do’s and don’ts of living with elephants.  Mini dramas were performed to help the people understand more peaceful ways of coexisting with these large and strong pachyderms, and school bags were given to all students and teachers, with their agreement to share the HEC awareness program with their nearby communities.  

As Ranger Wangdi so succinctly states, “HEC entails need for strategy that will favorably create win-win for both the parties (people and elephants)”.
Elephant Foot Care Sessions in Myanmar

Since 2013 Asian Elephant Support has been collaborating and supporting training of staff in elephant camps managed by the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) in Burma (now called Myanmar).  This includes supporting the training of veterinarians, veterinary assistants, camp managers, mahouts, and timber rangers in the camps, and includes topics such as elephant health and husbandry, field navigation with GPS and maps, recording and record-keeping of data, and exchanges with staff from similar programs in other Asian countries.
To continually improve the management and health care of their captive elephants, MTE conducted a training workshop for veterinarians, veterinary assistants, and mahouts from September 14 to 20, 2015. Click here to learn more about this valuable workshop. 
American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) 2015 Conference 
September 2015 AAZK held their national conference in St. Louis, MO, which is also the headquarters of Asian Elephant Support.  AES President Linda Reifschneider is a 20+ year docent at the St. Louis Zoo and personally offered to sponsor one of the breaks during the presentations.  The AAZK hosts offered her a table to introduce AES to attendees.  


AES Secretary Vanessa Gagne registered to attend the conference; and thus we enjoyed a week with dedicated animal care professionals and the opportunity to ‘talk elephants’ for many, many hours!  Vanessa signed up for the elephant workshop hosted by the St. Louis Zoo elephant staff.  It was a 12 hour credit course offered through the professional development committee of AAZK.  She was able to meet many elephant professionals from around the country and learn about the elephant management program at the St. Louis Zoo.  


Linda and Vanessa were impressed with the turnout and the diversity of information presented by the zookeepers in attendance as well as enjoying the company of such dedicated, capable, and enthusiastic people.
  Elephant Managers Association
2015 Conference

Early October found elephant professionals and enthusiasts from across the United States and abroad gathering in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 36th annual Elephant Managers Association conference. These events provide a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, share accomplishments, and just talk about elephants. We even got to experience the flavor of the Grand Ole Opry.  

President, Linda Reifschneider, and Secretary, Vanessa Gagne, were in attendance to represent Asian Elephant Support and Linda presented the past year’s projects and updates. It is always a pleasure to be able to share our efforts and to talk to the people that do so much for elephants on a daily basis, but still find time to help support our efforts.  We gained a lot of new supporters and we were able to get our message out to a lot of new EMA members. Our information table was a busy spot for exchanging news and ideas!

This year’s conference took a much different approach than those of the last few years; the main goal was to find out how we, as the elephant community, can best serve one another by becoming more cohesive.  This change in attitude will not only improve the care of elephants at Western facilities, but that information can be shared to improve the lives of elephants around the world.

We are very excited and pleased to be working alongside elephant professionals in the EMA to better serve elephants and their caretakers.  
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 Giving Corner

Trunks-Up to all who helped make our fall campaign a success! With some amazing support from our friends in the elephant community, we exceeded the cost of the scale, which is already in Dr. Stremme’s hands.  Remaining funds will also go to help further his work in Sumatra.

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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.

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