Weekly Update: Focusing on a better future

15068271_1131951163508327_3119474574761166089_oFocusing on a better future; Chain Free Means Pain Free!

15025582_1320742791289412_7178769050396074823_oThis picture was taken in Corbett National Park in India. It is truly beautiful to witness wild elephants — without chains and restrictions — simply living natural and free.

14999999_1320968427933515_8785399900955781318_o32 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! We are getting closer to the closing date of Elephant Refuge North America, and we still need to raise more funds. YOU can make a difference in the lives of elephants in need today. Please donate at: elephantaidinternational.org/support.

15025644_1322067114490313_3516008172784449136_o“Don’t treat animals as animals. Treat them as living beings. That’s what they are.” – Anthony Douglas Williams

elephantAccording to this article by One Green Planet, an estimated 100 elephants are murdered by poachers every day. This makes younger elephants, whose parents have been killed, more vulnerable to the dangers of the wild. This article tells the story of Sana Sana, who was mauled by a hyena and rescued by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

15137664_1323854340978257_5933209080279800225_oDOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! Right now is your chance to make a huge difference in the lives of elephants. Thanks to a fundraiser started by The Animal Rescue Site and the generosity of an anonymous donor, all donations toward Elephant Refuge North America will be doubled up to $15,000. As of now, nearly half of the fundraising goal has been met. Thank you so much for your continued support and compassion. Join the cause to help provide a sanctuary for elephants in need by donating today: http://greatergood.me/2fkQowe

Weekly Update: UNCHAINED has been selected by the Wild and Scenic Film Festival


UNCHAINED a documentary by Alex Rivera has been selected by the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. This film documents the work done by Carol Buckley and Elephant Aid International freeing elephants from chains in Asia. http://www.unchainedmovie.net


14991189_1314057178624640_8083092852116667903_o“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet.” – Marc Bekoff

161027094059-the-ivory-game-2-super-169“The Ivory Game” — a documentary regarding Africa’s elephant poaching crisis — was recently released to bring light to this shocking fact: “An elephant is killed every 15 minutes.” Elephants are suffering due to the cruelty of humans. (Warning: The article contains a graphic image.)

14566427_1286789894684702_1653308219345432894_o-1Carol trimming Man Kali’s foot as her young son Hem Gaj and mahout Shree watch.


Weekly Update: After being released from chains, Sundar Kali and Oma Kali were finally able to be together

14853128_1307064742657217_7607549469663905448_oAfter being released from chains, Sundar Kali and Oma Kali were finally able to be together, to touch and reassure each other, and move freely for the first time in their lives.

chitwan1With the holiday season approaching, it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts to share with family and friends. This year, consider giving the gift of APPRECIATION for mahouts by sponsoring an elephant and supporting EAI in the name of your loved ones: http://elephantaidinternational.org/shop/gear-up/

14939401_1308046432559048_2879081422808284583_o45 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! We are so grateful for the additional time to raise funds for the elephant paradise. Would you like to personally help these wonderful beings? Every dollar matters. Please donate today at: elephantaidinternational.org/support. Thank you for your continued support.

elephantpoacResearch from World Wildlife Fund, the University of Vermont, and the University of Cambridge has shown that African economies are losing millions of dollars in tourism revenue due to elephant poaching. As elephant poaching increases, tourism decreases. According to the article, poachers murder 20,000 – 30,000 African elephants each year. This brutality needs to end.

14853055_1309080172455674_6890099214123439748_o“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

Weekly Update: Elephants are more than a ride for your entertainment

234In a fantastic article, Elephant Watch Nepal explores the cruelty elephants endure throughout chained captivity. Elephants are more than a ride for your entertainment — they are living, breathing beings who deserve respect and compassion.

2Last year, a video was captured the moment Simsar Kali was freed from her chains — after spending 7 years shackled. The actions of Elephant Aid International in Nepal have recently been gaining the attention of media sites, such as One Green Planet.

14717311_1115814781788632_7464604301985460838_nWe cannot believe it has been nearly 2 years since we started building chain free corrals in Sauraha, Nepal. Thanks to your support, 106 elephants have benefited from our Chain Free Means Pain Free program.

14882155_1302122219818136_8189606582067987508_o“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” – Anthony Douglas Williams

14608833_1302174213146270_913941189433689731_oImagine spending your entire life shackled to the ground — trapped in agony by those who are supposed to care for you. Captive elephants should never be chained. They are sentient beings who deserve respect, autonomy and to be allowed to walk chain free and pain free.

14590068_1303170419713316_2063596753955300023_oThis breathtaking photo taken in Corbett National Park, India, captures the magnificence of a healthy herd of Asian elephants in their natural-habitat home-range.

Weekly Update: Current donation total is now at $858,945.00

captureThe current donation total is now at $858,945.00. From the bottom of our hearts, we deeply appreciate your support in our efforts to help provide a better environment for elephants. We want to acknowledge the kindness every individual who donates and likes, comments or shares our posts. You are all contributing to the cause. Thank you. Donate today:http://www.elephantaidinternational.org/support/

14713070_1290567650973593_3888856378838742979_oElephants in Asia compete with humans for nearly all resources, including bamboo, a staple of the Asian elephant diet and traditional building material for humans. As long as humans see their needs as more deserving, elephants will continue to suffer. We must continue our efforts by educating the mahouts and providing chain-free corrals for captive-held elephants.

14715661_1293375797359445_6945717541295315919_oShree (a mahout trained using EAI’s Compassionate Elephant Care) shows fellow mahout a more humane, more effective way to work around Samrat Gaj, a 4-month old captive-born elephant in Nepal. The mahout student is delighted by the results.

14714836_1293522757344749_3029055320299766199_oThis newborn calf, only hours old, suckles from his mother — aided by a mahout learning new ways of relating to elephants. Compassionate Elephant Care, an EAI program being taught to all mahouts at government owned hattisars (elephant stables) in Nepal, is changing how mahouts manage their elephants.

chitwan1Change starts with one person, who can inspire a whole group, who can go on to inspire the entire world. For elephants, chain free means pain free. By supporting the mahouts who care for impoverished elephants, the welfare of both is improved. Show the mahouts that you recognize their value. Support their transition from archaic to humane.

14692053_1295359530494405_4158283269240433179_o“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin

14711625_1295361663827525_8717717484992416154_oDid you know: Elephants take “dust baths” — as seen in the picture below — to protect their sensitive skin from sunburn and biting insects

14712991_1296262603737431_6131236874564709140_oThe ERNA closing date has been pushed to December 15th, so now we stand at 57 days until closing! To help raise funds for the elephant paradise, donate today at: elephantaidinternational.org/support.

Weekly Update: TripAdvisor no longer makes money off of animal suffering

11tripadvisor-animals-master768Making steady progress for animal welfare. TripAdvisor no longer makes money off of animal suffering.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/travel/tripadvisor-to-stop-selling-tickets-to-many-animal-attractions.html?emc=edit_tnt_20161011&nlid=17663786&tntemail0=y&_r=1

14615856_1286567708040254_7526071632518963441_oThe progress in Nepal is driven by the mahouts’ willingness to learn how to provide better care for captive elephants.

14566427_1286789894684702_1653308219345432894_oFoot disease is epidemic among elephants living in captive environments. Captivity-induced foot diseases among these long-lived beings can lead to physical collapse and death. Proper elephant foot care is vital for elephant health.

14650303_1287513497945675_8147598989740765811_nIf we want a future of compassion toward elephants, we must teach our children to care for all creatures.

14707902_1288403497856675_4883728828528651954_o28 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! Only four weeks remain until the finalization of the ERNA land sale, and the elephants still need your help. Even the smallest contribution allows you to personally support the elephants in need of an environment to thrive. Donate today:elephantaidinternational.org/support

14724476_1289593234404368_7665143081699443228_nAnother incredible picture of a sweet elephant from Nepal.

Weekly Update: The Nepali Times covered the changes at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp

d1w5kgeThe Nepali Times covered the changes at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp in Nepal. This is the wave of the future; elephants no longer used as entertainers, but the object of wildlife observation.

eai1Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is gaining media attention for its elephant-friendly tourism. Now, the elephants living at the resort are ride free, chain free and pain free.

14462994_1280461288650896_5640693018084859505_nNature Defense Foundation recently provided a significant grant towards EAI’s Elephant Refuge North America. This past Friday they hosted a “Meet and Greet” with EAI Founder Carol Buckley, for California Bay Area Foundations. The event was well attended by sincerely motivated individuals interested in elephant welfare. A huge thank you goes to all who attended and to Sarah Shaw of Nature Defense Foundation for hosting the event. If you would like to host an event for Foundations and others interested in supporting ERNA, please contact us.

elephant-adventure-3Another great write up for Tiger Tops Elephant Camp in Nepal, the first resort to go chain-free and discontinue using elephants for elephant back safaris. Instead they have partnered with EAI’s CEO Carol Buckley to create an elephant-friendly experience unlike any other, full of adventure and respect for elephants.

14469581_1282843808412644_6220498687450535139_n34 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! The sale of the ERNA land will finalize on November 9th. The elephants still need you. Donate today to help these incredible beings thrive in a beautiful environment.

14484765_1282483931781965_9042817408079457784_nEveryone had fun and learned a lot at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp Foot Care Workshops!



  • The Wildlife Crime Unit in Nepal is recognized for their work to prevent wildlife trafficking.
  • Captive elephants in Asia suffer the worst foot health issues, both painful and permanent. This sweet lady suffered from such overgrown nails that her front toenail actually ripped away from her foot causing permanent damage to the connective tissue. She is now permanently crippled by the captivity induced injury.

Weekly Update: Chain Free Means Pain Free

chain-free-means-pain-free-just-look-at-this-happy-loving-familyChain free means pain free — just look at this happy, loving family.

14457423_1273834982646860_4444314854104071146_n“Man’s highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.” — Emile Zola

captureThe ERNA land will provide elephants with autonomy in a natural, lush habitat filled with lakes, wooded areas and open pastures. Join us in helping these incredible animals thrive by donating today. Thank you for your continued support.

14481724_1275431695820522_7044993152666362946_o42 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! Elephant dreams inch closer to becoming a reality as the ERNA land sale nears its finalization. Show your support today by visiting: elephantaidinternational.org/support

14519682_1275486852481673_8914519054289975268_nHow often are you able to dedicate your time to a cause that is important to you, such as elephant conservation?

14520579_1276901649006860_3795582997678227290_nThe word is getting out about EAI’s elephant foot trimming in Nepal. Private owners are requesting that their elephants receive foot trims whenever EAI staff are in the country. As part of our recent Foot Care Workshop, participants trimmed the feet of eleven Tiger Tops elephants and three elephants from Machan Wildlife Resort, a neighbouring resort. Ful Kali, one of Machan’s elephants, had overgrown and cracked nails. Even though this was her first pedicure, Ful Kali relaxed into it immediately, allowing Kevyn and Gigi to gain some serious foot trimming experience!

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Weekly Update: The first workshop was a complete success!


The first workshop was a complete success, raising consciousness about the plight of captive-held elephants and training an enthusiastic group of elephant lovers in the art of foot trimming. The second workshop begins today.

A few days ago a surprise excursion took us to one of the remote hattisars (elephant stables) inside the Buffer Zone forest adjacent to Chitwan National Park. The group was treated to a sample of the remote chain-free corrals EAI built in 2014, one of 31 corrals built for government-owned anti-poaching patrol elephants in Chitwan National Park. Shankar Prasad is a large male who lives chain free without incident in the solar powered corral even though he could easy dismantle the fencing with his ivory which does not conduct electricity.
The mahouts in all of the locations we work have exceeded our expectations. They are interested, engaged and are excited to show the progress they have made with their elephants. Sundar Mala’s new mahout shows off his skill teaching her how to put her foot up on a stump for foot trimming.
During his musth season a male elephant covers tens of miles daily searching out receptive females and socializing with his offspring in many different herds.
Did You Know? Baby female elephants remain with their mother their entire life. The male calves are driven from the herd around age ten.
David Clark, a filmmaker with National Geographic, is currently at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp in Nepal documenting Carol’s work.
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Weekly Update: Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is proving to be an amazing experience for all

3When teacher and student connect, the elephants benefit! EAI’s Elephant Foot Care Workshop at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp is proving to be an amazing experience for all

Herds of wild elephants grazing peacefully in the vast grasslands of India.

57 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING! The ERNA land and the surrounding climate are tailor-made for elephants, ensuring that each elephant who calls ERNA home will thrive.

Researchers have found that elephants are highly intelligent and capable of many human-like emotions, such as happiness, sorrow and even empathy.

Beautiful Jon taking a refreshing dip in the water.

“The pure joy an elephant exhibits when given a resemblance of freedom is what drives me to do more.” – Carol Buckley bit.ly/2cpBFhX


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