GVI Charitable Trust funds, received through GlobalGiving supporters like you, support three elephants, Mae Sah Jah, Khum Suk and Mario. These three elephants have been taken from the tourism industry and are now able to live their lives in the forest surrounding the village of Huay Pakoot.
Khum Suk is a 62 year old female. She has been part of GVI since June 2013, when she returned to Huay Pakoot from a tourist camp with her daughter Kha Moon and her granddaughter Lulu. Before joining GVI, Khum Suk spent many years in tourist camps and in the logging industry. Funded by GVI Charitable Trust, she is able to forage in the forest next to her daughter Kha Moon.
Mae Sah Jah is a 41 year old female. She was originally brought back to the forest surrounding Huay Pakoot as part of the Community Conservation Group, but was added to GVI in June 2013. Previously, she was giving rides and performing tricks in tourist camps, and before that she was used in logging. Mae Sah Jah now spends her days in the forest with GVI’s other elephants Mana and Thong Dee.
Mario, a 4 year old male, is Mae Sah Jah’s son. He is still part of the Community Conservation Group but is also funded by GVI Charitable Trust. Mario was born in a tourist camp where he lived for two years. In the camp, his mother Mae Sah Jah stopped producing milk so they were brought back to Huay Pakoot. As a result of the lack of milk, Mario had become malnourished but was able to regain his health while living in the forest. Mario is now a healthy juvenile with a playful and very boisterous personality.
The funding from GVI Charitable Trust directly provides these three elephants with an opportunity to escape the tourist industry and live their lives as elephants should, roaming and foraging in the forest.
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