Help EAI give mahouts the skills and tools they need to improve how they care for their elephants.
In Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, the government uses elephants in anti-poaching patrols that protect the park’s wildlife. Outside the park, privately owned elephants are used for tourist rides. All of them need our support.
The elephants’ mahouts [keepers] are hard working but in many cases poorly educated and inadequately paid. Although they have advanced skills in how to control elephants, they may lack knowledge of even basic biology and psychology, which limits the quality of care they can give their elephants.
EAI aims to change that.
Foot care is essential to elephants’ overall health. Lack of appropriate care can result in infections, injury and disease, all of which can be fatal.
EAI is the only organization that collaborates with the government of Nepal and private owners to provide foot trimming, education, tools and hands-on assistance so that mahouts improve the care they provide their elephants.
In our experience, mahouts are eager to learn and improve their skills.
EAI workshops teach them basic elephant anatomy, proper foot trimming skills, foot disease prevention, effective stable design and the benefits of creating a healthy mahout-elephant relationship.
Mahouts come away from the workshops able to spot problems early, prevent infection and maintain their elephants’ foot health. They also gain a better understanding of the important role they play in their elephant’s overall physical and psychological health.
Every individual we train becomes part of a ripple effect when they return home and share their new knowledge and skills with their fellow mahouts.
Thanks to your support, EAI can make a long-term commitment to the elephants and mahouts of Nepal, returning year after year to teach, train and trim.
Donations of any amount make a difference:
- $4 provides triple antibiotic ointment to soothe elephants’ irritated corneas caused by sand and dust particles caught in their eyes.
- $5 buys two sterile exacto blades used for delicate trimming around foot abscesses and nail splits.
- $10 provides a handle for exacto blades used for foot trimming.
- $15 provides a canvas zippered bag with EAI’s logo to hold their personal trimming tools.
- $22 provides two pair of gloves to protect hands while trimming feet and cutting elephant grass each day.
- $35 provides a krupa (traditional foot trimming tool).
- $60 provides a daily stipend for 3 mahouts when they attend our foot trimming workshop.
- $100 provides a large hoof trimming rasp to remove excess pad and nail.
Your donation is an investment that makes an immediate difference on the ground in Asia. Together we can improve life for elephants…one elephant at a time.