Dear friends and supporters:
I hope you, your family and friends are well during this extended period of physical distancing. Difficult times like these make us realize how much we love and appreciate each other.
Because of your support, EAI is a respected advocate for elephant welfare in Nepal, something that's needed now more than ever. Tourism has dried up, as it has throughout Asia, so Nepal's tourist trade elephants are out of work.
You can read below about how EAI alerted Nepal's government to the elephants' plight, setting in motion a chain of events so that privately owned elephants can graze the grasses along the Rapti River adjacent to Chitwan National Park.
But then I learned that some owners have reduced mahout pay and elephant food rations.  This could become a serious problem. Since their grazing time is limited, elephants must receive supplemental food each day while in their stable.
As you read this e-newsletter, Elephant Aid International is working with Direct Aid Nepal and Animal and Nature Connect to secure supplemental food for elephants affected by food rationing.
If you'd like to assist in this effort, every penny you donate will go to feeding elephants in Sauraha. We realize this is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. But we are determined to make sure the elephants will continue to be fed.
Click here to donate. As always, donations of any amount are welcome.
Best wishes to you, your family and friends. Stay safe and stay in touch.

P.S. Please share this video  explaining the situation with your family, friends and other elephant lovers. Thank you.
EAI Alerts Nepali Government to Worsening Conditions for Unemployed Tourist Trade Elephants

Nepal's government has acted swiftly on EAI's concerns about the welfare of ride elephants idled by lack of tourists during the coronavirus crisis.
As tourism slowed to a trickle and stopped in recent weeks, EAI founder and CEO Carol Buckley became concerned when she learned that the elephants were chained under their shelters. She feared that without government permission to allow grazing the elephants would remain chained 24 hours a day without access to fresh grass and water.
Thanks to his commitment to all wildlife, Chitwan National Park Chief Warden Narayan Rupakheti has agreed to allow privately owned elephants to graze the grasses along the bank of the Rapti River and to provide cut browse from inside the Park, keeping elephants fed, watered and free from chains during a portion of the day.
EAI is working with a team of trusted associates to monitor the elephants' activity and health and to assist mahouts and their elephants with their needs. You can read the full story
here and watch our daily reports here.

EAI in the News

The Kathmandu Post covers the situation of privately owned elephants in Sauraha.

In this article from Newsweek, EAI founder and CEO Carol Buckley warns that some organizations in Thailand may be using the current situation for their own benefit.

The most recent issue of Atlanta magazine has an in-depth profile of Carol. Not only did the reporter visit Carol at Elephant Refuge North America in Georgia, she also accompanied her on her most recent trip to Nepal. Read the profile here.

Best Friends Loving Life Without Chains

EAI worked with Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Nepal's oldest eco-resort, to promote ethical tourism by creating a chain-free world for its elephants. The results are happy, playful and cooperative elephants.  See for yourself.
As always, we greatly appreciate your interest, commitment and help. You make our work for elephants possible. Thank you!
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