Elephant Aid International sincerely appreciates a generous grant from the DJ&T Foundation in support of our The Lambodhar Prasad Project: Freeing Nepal's Chain Gang. DJ&T founder Bob Barker … [Read more...]
Three days have passed since I was in Japan to meet Hanako and assess her welfare.
Hanako has lived at the Inokashira Park Zoo for the majority of her 69 years. Her small concrete exhibit, … [Read more...]
EAI's Chain Free Means Pain Free project, which frees elephant from chains is the first of its kind in Asia. Honestly I was surprised to learn that such an effort had never before been attempted for … [Read more...]
Another predawn awakening, like a recurring dream.
I’m woken abruptly from a deep sleep by the heart wrenching cries of a suffering elephant. All I can do is swing open my window and yell into the … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Chitwan National Park's annual rhino count is underway.
50 government elephants, from all over Nepal, take part in the survey. Elephants and their mahouts fan out through the jungle, covering … [Read more...]
This release was a surprise to all of us and the reason we build a chain-free corral for each elephant, even if we are told the elephant will remain on chains.
You just never know what will happen … [Read more...]
Ganesha Kali and her unnamed calf were the first to be released in a procession of another seven elephants in our Chain Free Means Pain Free program. Their mahout was surprisingly receptive to … [Read more...]
Ganesha and her young calf Kasara Gaj have lived on chains their entire lives.
Captive elephants are wild animals and an endangered species. The tradition of chaining disregards the trauma this … [Read more...]
Sundar Mala is nearly 70 years old and resides at the Sauraha hattisar in Chitwan, Nepal. Recently she began to lose weight, resulting in her removal from her friends Loctandra Kali and Oma Kali, to … [Read more...]