Earlier this month, Elephant Aid International, in collaboration with the National Trust for Nature Conservation, engaged Dr. Arjun Pandit to oversee its elephant welfare projects in Nepal.
While interviewing Dr. Pandit I was pleased to learn of his interest in elephants. We’re very fortunate to secure the services of such a highly motivated individual. He will make a great addition to our team, expanding our ability to develop and monitor elephant welfare programs in Nepal.
Dr. Pandit will have full-time oversight of the many projects developed by EAI/NTNC over the next few years. When I am in Nepal, he will assist with foot care and facility and welfare projects, as well as monitoring the health and welfare of the NTNC elephants. In my absence, he will oversee all of our projects, ensuring that they stay on track.
Dr. Kamal Giarde, the senior government veterinarian has graciously agreed to allow Dr. Pandit to participate in field work to increase his experience and expertise. Dr. Giarde has dedicated his life to elephant welfare and recognizes the importance of mentoring to build sustainable elephant welfare programs. Dr. Pandit and the elephants he will care for over the next many decades will benefit from Dr. Giarde’s guidance.
I am honored to work with such a dedicated team of like-minded conservationists at NTNC. We share a commitment to the welfare of Nepal’s elephants.
We are currently raising funds necessary to provide a salary and purchase equipment and supplies for Dr. Pandit for the next year.