January 2016

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.
Mahout Workshops in India

In Southern India, in the state of Karnataka, a majority of the of the Forest Department camp mahouts have been working with elephants for generations, but are rarely exposed to current information about elephants and elephant management. Due mainly to human-elephant conflict, new elephants are arriving at the camps from various parts of the State.   As a result, the Karnataka Forest Department is recruiting new mahouts and Kavadis (assistant mahouts) to care for the 122 elephants.  Elephants and mahouts benefit greatly from training and being giving an opportunity to share information.

Our partner and friend, S. Mamatha (pictured above on the left), saw an opportunity to improve the lives of the elephants and mahouts and organized mahout workshops on September 5th-7th at the Dubare, Balle, and Rampura elephant camps.

Full workshop participants 

Utilizing presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities, the workshop addressed topics including challenges in the daily work with elephants, habitat conservation efforts, and captive elephant management.  A questionnaire was part of the registration process and provided a lot of valuable information needed to establish a future network of communication both locally and regionally.  

Ice breaker activity  

AES advisor, Heidi Riddle (pictured below), was also on hand to share her knowledge of elephant care and management in other Asian countries and western facilities. 

The Forest Department staff and mahouts enjoyed the workshop, provided a lot of positive feedback, and expressed an interest in future programs. We thank YOU, our supporters, for helping us sponsor Mamatha's work and appreciate your continued support!

Mahout Awareness Workshop participants

 The Two of You

Have you ever wished there were two of you? One of you could walk the dog, while the other one vacuums the house. One could clean the kitchen as the other enjoys the party (for a change!)  And oh!  There would never be a search for a tennis partner.
Of course, two of you would require twice the shoes, jewelry, cars, insurance, salon visits. The list is potentially endless, to say nothing of troublesome and expensive.

But what if there was a something you could double-up on that would cause you no grief at all? Think how you could change things if whatever you did was done twice — if one portion of goodness became two portions of goodness.
The goodness of doubling-up may exist right where you are, five days a week:  at work.  One in 10 companies offers to match employee donations to charities like AES, and of the Fortune 500 companies, two out of three match donations of employees and retirees.

Often, however, these corporate programs are tucked away in the human resources department, overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday working life.  It’s worth a little research to find out.  Perhaps your company has such a matching-contribution program.  If so, the doubling-up effect, where one dollar donated generates a second dollar, can be enormously beneficial to an eligible non-profit like AES.
It would double your impact on the conservation and care of Asian elephants  in their range countries. 
So why not look into it? Every contribution counts, but some can be doubly good. And you would be doing doubly good for the elephants!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the CPK Online Gift Card Program!

Stay tuned!  Details about the 6th annual CPK FUNdraiser will be coming soon!
Tiger Stamp

In September of 2011 a new first-class stamp was introduced by the U. S. Postal Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  The Save Vanishing Species stamp has raised over $2,000,000 toward saving endangered species in the wild since its inception.  As you know, we here at AES are primarily focused on the conservation of the Asian elephant in its range countries.  However, we also fully support the conservation of ALL plants and animals on our dear planet Earth.  The proceeds from this stamp also go toward African elephant, Great Ape, Tigers, Rhinos, and Marine Turtle conservation.  This stamp offers a simple and direct way to donate your money to effective conservation of these endangered species.
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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.

Test Your Elephant Knowledge!


What is the name of the oldest known elephant ancestor?

Answer:  Moeritherium a fossil animal discovered at the turn of the 20th century in Egypt. Moeritherium lived almost 40 million years ago.  


Did you know?  That the Ancient Egyptians also mummified a few elephants in addition to several other interesting animals including crocodiles, jackals, and baboons.

Making the most of 2016

  As we enter into 2016 let us not forget where 2015 left us.  It was a rough year for many and that wasn’t even counting the effects of El Niño.  While we in the US are dealing with floods, some Asian elephant range countries are struggling with severe drought in what is supposed to be lush rainforests.  2015 for many of us marked a turning point in our determination to save elephants.  We witnessed a rise in global awareness about the rapidly declining elephant population.  People are empowered with the knowledge that they have the ability to make a global impact in the lives of elephants.  In this coming year, that is still pristine and full of potential, let us not lose our momentum!  We can indeed stop the juggernaut that is poaching and habitat loss if we stay focused and work together.  With that said, AES would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who donated to our work with Asian elephants last year.  We look forward to all that we can accomplish with your help in 2016.  



2015 Donors:


$25,000 and above:
United States Fish & Wildlife Service


$15,000 to $24,999:
Qualcomm Corporation
Eric & Geesoo Reifschneider
TZ Productions


$5,000 to $14,999:


$2,500 to $4,999:
Linda Reifschneider
George & Carol Spindler\
Woodland Park Zoo


$1,000 to $2,499:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Feld Entertainment
The Thorp Foundation


$500 to $999:
“The Elephant Team”
Topeka Zoological Park


$250 to $499:
Dell Giving
Sandra Graham
Christopher Hamblen
Alexis Kaiser


$100 to $249:
Sandy Aversa
Caesar & Lucy M. Bernardo
Barbara Davis
Carolyn  Decker
Patrick Flora
Michael Gagne
Diana Goodsell
Akiko Hayata
Esfandiar Javanmardi (Memorials)
Richard & Wanda Johnson
James & Carol Layton
Ann Littlewood
Nancy McDaniel
Dennis & Mimi Muraoka
Miyuki Sakamoto
Ashley Smith
Madonna Walker
Marcella Weast
Christine Wiberg
April Yoder





Asian Elephant Support would like to thank the following individuals and corporations for their support.
Your donations ensure our
ability to support the care and conservation
of elephants in Asian range countries.

Up to $99:
Elizabeth Beem
Christine M. Blair
Pauline Bradbury
Jean Burnett
Thomas & Bonnie Bushee, Jr.
Joseph Chandler
Gary Clarke
Christopher & Susan Clements
Laura Clements
Michael Clements
Joseph & Nancy Ann Dixon
Dimas & Peggianne Dominguez
Kevin Foster
Gloria Greggs
Guru Consulting
Andres Harrell
Connie Harris
Ito T. Kanazawa
Laura Keefe
Cheryl Mauri
Jon Merrill
Donna N. O’Donnell
Kenneth Paulson
Kathryn Pilgram & Adam Kloppe
Mark Ridgeway
Gene Rollins
Gretchen Rumsey-Richardson
Bill Ryalls
William Scott
Connie Sinclair
Joanna Tillson
Hayati & Loyce Turan
Oliver Wang

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.

 Please visit our website ( and follow us on Facebook (Asian Elephant Support).  If you have questions, please  contact us.   We appreciate your support. Please consider a donation to help Asian elephants and those who care for them.


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