Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand

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Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand

Summary

This project enables elephants and their Mahouts to live back in their home community in Huay Pakoot, a Karen community in Northern Thailand. This offers an alternative livelihood away from working in tourist camps and street begging. Here, these elephants can return to their natural habitat - the forest - and the Mahouts to their families. The GVI Trust helps to improve livelihoods and job opportunities for community members.

$80,000
total goal
$11,468
remaining
1,098
donors
5
monthly donors
16
fundraisers
8
years

Challenge

With an ever-dwindling wild population of Asian Elephants in Thailand, prospects for this endangered species are bleak. So-called 'domesticated' elephants work in tourist camps or do street-begging to provide an income for the family that owns them. This reduces their life expectancy, diminishes their cultural importance and puts them in inhumane conditions. With tourism being an integral part of Thailand's economy, the challenge now is to change the model to better the lives of these elephants.

Solution

The eco-tourism model (also known as ethical tourism) puts the welfare of the elephant at its core. For an elephant, living in the forest has a tremendous impact on its psychological and physical health. This project aims to host a sustainable population of elephants. With a strict hands-off, purely-observational methodology that enables the study of their behaviour and education of the local community on the importance of their conservation, the aim is to provide a solution that benefits both.

Long-Term Impact

This sustainable eco-tourism model will provide an alternative livelihood for elephants, mahouts and families for future generations. Long-term, by educating the local community about the project, they will be able to take ownership of it, without outside influence. In addition, by proving the effectiveness of this model, the aim is to encourage its wider adoption in Thailand and thereby be an agent of change within the industry.

Resources

http:/​/​www.gvi.org

Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Carly Kruyer
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom
$68,532 raised of $80,000 goal
 
1,690 donations
$11,468 to go
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