This project helps mahouts and elephant owners to return to their community in northern Thailand. They can bring their elephants back to live in peace, as it was intended, in the forest. This means that they can avoid working the elephants in circus shows and street begging.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our forest reintroduction program and funds are desperately needed to facilitate this. Mahouts and owners join our education and alternative livelihoods program along with their elephants to ensure they have a sustainable alternative form of work.
How will this project solve this problem?
Living in natural, social herds in the forest has a tremendous impact on elephant's psychological health. It also provides them with a balanced diet and dramatically increases their life expectancy. No longer forced to work, these elephants will live longer and happier lives along side their mahouts.
Potential Long Term Impact
We plan to host a sustainable, breeding population of elephants living naturally in the forest. Each new elephant that joins the rescued herd increases chances of long-term success for this growing population of elephants in the forest.
Total Funding Received to Date: $34,270
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,730
Total Funding Goal: $40,000