EAI March 2018 News & Updates
New Developments in Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka

Carol Buckley discusses the process of converting elephant facilities to chain free with Sri Lanka government representatives.

Elephant Aid International (EAI) Founder Carol Buckley is back in Attapulgus, GA, after a busy four weeks in Asia.
  • Carol taught foot care workshops organized by the Elephant Owners Association in Nepal and The Elephant Conservation Center in Thailand. She also trimmed the feet of 70 elephants.
  • Carol visited Zoo Dehiwala and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, having been invited by the country's Finance Ministry to start the process of converting both facilities to chain- and dominance-free management.
Zoo Dehiwala 
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Elephants at the Barahi Jungle Lodge in their hattisar (elephant shelter)

  • In Nepal, Carol and EAI have been invited to design chain-free corrals and improved mahout training at the Barahi Jungle Lodge, where four female elephants, including a mother with her 14-year-old and 4-year-old daughters, live. Barahi Jungle Lodge will be the second privately owned lodge in the country to go chain free.
Nepal: New Foot Health Initiatives

EAI Founder Carol Buckley congratulates Dr. Bablu Thakur

EAI is proud to announce its sponsorship of Dr. Bablu Thakur's year-long research project, "Foot Infections in Captive/Working Asian Elephants Engaged in Tourism & Wildlife Patrolling Duties in Nepal." Dr. Bablu Thakur is a veterinary science scholar in the Department of Surgery and Pharmacology at the Agriculture and Forestry University in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.

Click the image to see foot care education in action with EAI's inaugural group of interns

EAI has also established an elephant foot care internship program for Nepali veterinarians and students in agriculture, elephant care and conservation. Our goal is to build a network of skilled elephant caregivers who will continue to expand foot care programs.
Healthy feet make for healthy elephants. Please support EAI's foot care initiatives.
Bring on the Barn!

Construction for the barn at Elephant Refuge North America (ERNA) is underway! After clearing the ground, we poured the corner pillar building supports and floor for the caregiver area.

This initial phase of construction is supported by a generous $100,000 grant from the Nature Defense Foundation (NDF).

If you want to make an impact, now is the ideal time to donate! NDF is matching every donation toward the barn construction (up to $50,000), making your donation go twice as far!
Remember that Mundi is standing by, ready to begin her retirement!
You can also help us reach our goal by spreading the word and sharing the fundraising link. We've made it easy - you, your friends and family can text the word "elephant" to 41411 and receive a text with a link to the donation form.
Carol to Keynote Free the Elephants Conference

Carol will offer the keynote address at the Free the Elephants Conference & Film Festival, April 27-29, in Portland, OR. Carol will speak on "Revolution of a Movement - Creating Real Change for Elephants" on the morning of the 27th. She'll introduce a screening of UNCHAINED that evening and join a panel on "Community Involvement - Bridging Cultural Divides/Healing the Elephant-Human Conflict" the morning of the 28th. Learn more at https://www.freetheelephants.org/.
Agnes Scott College Students Spend Spring Break at ERNA

Students from Agnes Scott College at ERNA

Earlier this month, 10 energetic students from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, spent their spring break at ERNA, helping us prepare the property for the elephants. You can read all about it in The Post Searchlight. Thank you for all your hard work, ladies!

Unchained Screenings and More!

Unchained movie poster

Carol will be appearing at screenings of UNCHAINED across the country in April, including at the:
  • Thomas County Public Library in Thomasville, GA, on Monday, April 2.
  • Ojai Art Center Theater in Ojai, CA, on Sunday, April 15.
  • Free the Elephants Conference in Portland, OR, on Friday, April 27.
Check our events page for more details. We hope to meet you at one of these events!
As always, we greatly appreciate your interest, commitment and help. We would not be able to do any of this work without your continued support.
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