Links


Films and Documentaries:

Vanishing Giants is an award winning National Geographic documentary about the plight of Thailand’s elephants.

The Last Elephants in Thailand is a multi-award winning documentary by Michelle Mizner and Don Tayloe detailing the use of elephants in Thai tourism and entertainment. Also portrayed is the incredible story of Mosha, a baby elephant who is fitted with a prosthetic leg.

The Eyes of Thailand by Windy Borman looks into the world of elephants injured by landmines while concentrating on the efforts to fit Motala and baby Mosha with prosthetic limbs at the FAE Hospital. The documentary is in post production, but a powerful new trailer is available.

 

Elephant Photography:

Carol Stevenson’s amazing images, which are used to educate and provide support to elephants, portray the innate beauty of the elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

Brent Lewin has a series of captivating photographs which document the lives of street elephants and their mahouts in Bangkok.

Antoni Uni Photography  has a very large and well documented gallery of animal abuse in Thailand with a special look at working elephants, including begging, trekking, and shows.

 

Elephant Organizations:

Bring the Elephant Home. With over 250,000 trees planted, ‘BTEH’ supports wild and captive elephants by providing them with natural habitat and food. The organization also strives to create alternatives for elephant families and find solutions to human-elephant conflicts.

E.A.R.S Foundation is promoting responsible tourism, working on-site to assist selected projects, providing financial support for rescues and emergency situations, and making long term commitments to protect the future of the Asian elephant.

Elephant Advocacy is an educational based organization working to increase awareness of current issues affecting endangered elephants by supporting NGO’s, designing awareness campaigns and educational resources.

Elephant Aid International, founded by Carol Buckley, is a non-profit organization established to create a paradigm shift that will foster change in beliefs and approaches to the care and management of elephants.  This work includes collaborating with scientists, veterinarian, mahouts, and others as well as educating elephant caretakers with their Compassionate Elephant Care system.

Elephant Family is a registered non-profit organization reaching across Asia to secure precious corridors of land for elephants and other species, reduce incidents of human-elephant conflict, and improve elephant welfare. Creators of the highly successful Elephant Parade.

Elephant Voices works globally to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants, as well as  to secure a kinder future for them through conservation, research and the sharing of knowledge. They have also initiated and authored The Elephant Charter and Sanctuary for Elephants – Overall Principles.

For 18 years, the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, the world’s first elephant hospital, has provided medical treatment for over 3,000 sick, injured, pregnant, and premature Asian elephants, including the first fitting of a prosthetic limb for a landmine survivor.

With 12 rescued elephants, Elephants Umbrella is a registered non-profit organization working to facilitate the rescue and placement of abused elephants.

The Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society is a registered non-profit organization which works to conserve Sri Lanka’s dwindling biodiversity.  The organization concentrates its efforts on Human Elephant Conflict, socioeconomic development, and coordination between government institutions and local communities.

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation is a Thai registered non-profit organization which provides safe haven for abused elephants and those who cannot help themselves, grants employment to good mahouts, and works to ensure the survival of Thailand’s wild herd.

 

International Organizations working for the conservation of many species, including Asian elephants:

Born Free is a registered charity working to protect threatened species and end individual wildlife suffering.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora  (CITES) is an international voluntary conservation agreement between governments to ensure that trade in wildlife, plants, and animals, does not threaten their existence.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species  (IUCN) assesses the conservation status of species in order to highlight those threatened with extinction.

Established in 1976, TRAFFIC, a joint program of the WWF and IUCN, monitors trade of plants and animals in order to ensure the balance between human need and conservation.

Founded in 1961 in Switzerland, The World Wildlife Fund for Nature‘s  (WWF) mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment so that humans may live in harmony with nature. Conservation of biological diversity, including elephants, is one of the WWF’s goals.

Animal Nepal (AN) is a Nepal based NGO fighting against animal cruelty. Focused mainly on street dogs, horses, and elephants, AN runs national awareness campaigns, education initiatives, and improves animal welfare in the country.

 

Sanctuaries, Parks, and Elephant Friendly Places to Visit

THAILAND
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary  http://www.blesele.org/
Elephant Nature Park  http://www.elephantnaturefoundation.org/

SRI LANKA
Elephant Transit Home  http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/elephants/campaign-action/sri-lanka-elephants/elephant-transit-home/
Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society  http://www.slwcs.org/

CAMBODIA
Elephant Valley Project  http://www.elephantvalleyproject.org/