Thai elephants do not belong in cities. Without sufficient living space and food the Thai elephant will become extinct.
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Our current main project is ‘Trees for Elephants’. The forest is the natural home for Thai elephants; the majority of the problems of elephants are related to the gigantic deforestation that had been going on since the 1950’s
Bring The Elephant Home (BTEH) is a foundation that campaigns to help bring the Thai Elephants home and prevent the elephants from facing extinction. At Bring the Elephant Home Foundation; we campaign to help Thai elephants to promote animal friendly eco-tourism, protect and pro-create a natural habitation for the elephants.
Our campaigns for the elephants do not stop there; we also harvest our own food for the elephants, we support community development in traditional elephant villages, educate and involve the local schools in hopes of a better tomorrow where our children and animals can cohabitate peacefully. We also try to find a resolution to the human-elephant conflicts and promote awareness of deforestation. In every project we are always cooperating closely with Thai Organizations.
Trees for Elephants
Our current main project is ‘Trees for Elephants’. The forest is the natural home for Thai elephants; the majority of the problems of elephants are related to the gigantic deforestation that had been going on since the 1950’s. In the 1950’s, 65% of north-eastern Thailand was covered with luscious forest; in 1981 only 8% of this remains. As natural habitat and food is disappearing and so are the elephants, now they are in danger of facing extinction! In 1900 there were about 100,000 elephants in Thailand. Today, there are only 1,500 estimated numbers of wild elephants that have survived! Due to the lack of food in the forest for the elephants the villagers are forced to bring their domesticated elephants into the city to beg for food. In the few areas where wild elephants still have a chance to survive, conflicts between human and elephants are getting worse every year. Thai elephants need more habitat and food to survive! This is why Bring the Elephant Home started the campaign ‘Trees for Elephants’. Within a year we aim to plant 100,000 trees in areas where the elephants are most threatened. Our goal is to replant the natural habitation and food for the elephants to strengthen the elephants fight for survival!
To achieve our aims, Bring the Elephant Home works closely with Thai organizations as the Elephant Nature Park, the Wild Elephant Research and Conservation Fund and the Population and Development Association. We need their experience, knowledge and network. Together we can successfully make a difference for Thai elephants! At the moment we started ‘Trees for Elephants’ at three locations: Elephant Nature Park, Khao Yai National Park, Traditional elephant village in Isaan
Achieved thus far
Bring the Elephant Home had successfully liberated two street elephants Douk Ngern and Sri Nuan from their life from street begging for food. In a demonstrative and a video documented tour; we traveled from Bangkok to the Elephant Nature Park, which is an elephant sanctuary in Mae Tang north of Chiang Mai. During this tour we organized elephant lessons at local schools, held elephant art competitions and brainstormed with local governments in the cause of campaigning against street elephants!
Since this project; Bring the Elephant Home continues its’ campaigns to help Thai elephants and bring them home to a sanctuary where elephants can be just elephants happily. With the vigorous campaigning and much needed help through funding; BTEH was able to purchase a banana plantation and land to extend the Elephant Nature Park.
The book about Bring the Elephant Home
Presently written; a book titled Thaise Olifanten van de Straat by Antoinette van de Water (founder, Dutch) and Liesbeth Sluiter (journalist, Dutch). Is an extraordinary story about destruction of nature in a country with a Buddhist tradition, where the deep-settled Buddhist philosophy is to respect all living organisms. The story describes the liberation of ex street elephants Douk Ngern and Sri Nuan and their journey to the Elephant Nature Park. The English version of the book will be published around July 2008 by Silkworm Publishing.
Photo album of Bring the Elephant Home