Lotus stood perfectly still while her mahout removed the chain from her ankle. Next came Pang Dow and, last, Wassana, a land mine victim who lost part of her foot several years ago in an … [Read more...]
THAILAND HERE WE COME!
After nearly two years of preparation and numerous setbacks our chain-free corral project In Thailand is scheduled to begin July 12th. In October 2013, I visited two sites–Friends of the Asian … [Read more...]
Male Elephants in Captivity
Caring for male elephants in captivity is a challenge at best. Attempts to provide a quality of life within the parameters dictated by their captivity produce poor results. Their size, natural … [Read more...]
Progress Involves Three Steps Forward and One Step Back
Partnering with people and organizations with shared goals is key to success as a foreign NGO working in Asia. Since hurry up and wait is a culturally accepted norm, an ample supply of patience and … [Read more...]
Blending of Two Worlds
Haatha, hati, hatti, hathi, are all words referring to the Asian elephant. Kipling, in his infamous Jungle Book, gave life to his supporting character, naming him Colonel Hathi. There is something … [Read more...]
Why Does That Elephant Have A Chain Around His Neck?
For the past few years, most of my time and energy has been devoted to freeing captive held elephants from chains. Working alongside Nepali partners, we have created 37 chain free corrals, in 15 … [Read more...]
Elephant Back Safaris: Misery for Elephants
May 24, 2014, 8:30AM, Sauraha, Nepal. The temperature is already 32 degrees Celsius (about 90 degrees Fahrenheit). Tens of elephants are already hard at work. Each morning at dawn, seven days … [Read more...]
Five Elephants Freed!
Two years ago, a young captive born elephant broke free from an ancient tradition. That was Prakriti Kali, the first elephant in Nepal to be released from chains. Six months later, five more … [Read more...]
Change is Afoot
March 29 The first two corrals at Kasara hattisar are finally ready. The air is charged with anticipation. Rescuing an elephant to sanctuary or releasing them from chains brings the same mix … [Read more...]
Progress Report on Chain-Free Corral Project at Kasara Hattisar
The framework for all six chain-free corrals at the Kasara hattisar is in place. Support and brace posts are concreted. Gateposts mark the entrance to each new corral. Heart work Eyeing the … [Read more...]
Himal Gaj is a six-year-old captive born elephant. His father is the dominant wild bull in the area. His mother is a wild born, captive resident of the elephant breeding center at Khosor, Chitwan, … [Read more...]
Happy Birthday My Girl (A message from an adoptive mother to her beloved daughter)
Feb 14, 2014 Hi my dear Tarra, Happy Birthday! I can hardly believe you are turning 40. It just doesn’t seem possible, does it? I miss you babe, and hope you have a fabulous birthday! I sure … [Read more...]
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