ERNA’s Elephants


Welcome to Elephant Aid International

Elephant Aid International (EAI) is a nonprofit organization that creates innovative approaches to the care and management of elephants. With the combined efforts of international scientists, veterinarians, mahouts, elephant owners and elephant welfare supporters, EAI is helping to change how the public relates to elephants; how elephant owners view their elephants; how mahouts (elephant handlers) and elephant caregivers train elephants; and how captive elephants are cared for worldwide.

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Elephant Aid Projects


Happy Birthday to Bo the elephant

Happy Birthday Bo!

Celebrate Bo’s 35th birthday with a gift of health! Your donations will go toward laser therapy tools to help keep Bo, and the other residents of Elephant Refuge North America, healthy.


Read the EleDiaries to Learn about Elephant Refuge North America’s Residents


Carol Buckley takes us into the day-to-day lives of Tarra and Bo, Elephant Refuge North America's first residents. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel like you're exploring with Tarra and Bo (and Mala!) in person!

elephant cam

Check the Elephant Cam to see what Bo, Tarra and Mala are up to right now.

Special Announcements

Welcome Bo essay contest

EAI Essay Contest 2021 “Welcome, Bo!”

Wow! What a turn out for our first essay contest. We had over 200 entries from all over the world in the First Annual Elephant Aid International (EAI) Essay Contest. We are looking forward to reading every entry. Please check back in the spring for results and information on our 2023 contest!

Birthday Fundraiser

Create a Facebook Fundraiser for Your Birthday
Your family and friends probably all know that you are very passionate about elephants. But do you really need another stuffed elephant? We didn't think so!

Facebook gives you the option to create a fundraising campaign that you can share with your family and friends to let them know that this year—in lieu of gifts—you would like a donation to be made to Elephant Aid International. It’s easy to set up, and you can even customize it with your own photo! Not your birthday? Consider hosting a fundraiser in honor of your favorite pet, family member or just because you care. Thank you!


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One Elephant At a Time
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