You’re feeding hungry elephants in Thailand

05/06/2020

With coronavirus bringing global tourism to a halt, your support is helping keep elephants fed at elephant-friendly venues and our partner sanctuaries in Southeast Asia.

Just because there are no visitors to these sanctuaries doesn't mean that the work stops. The elephants still need to be fed and well cared for.

One such partner sanctuary, Blem and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES) in Thailand, is home to three beautiful elephants: Mae Kam, Mae Dok and Thong Dee.

Thanks to kind supporters like you, even as the tourism dollars dry up putting a massive strain on venues such as BEES, these elephants won’t go hungry.

World Animal Protection supporters like you helped get vital food and vet care to these vulnerable elephants just in time.

Just because there are no visitors to these sanctuaries doesn't mean that the work stops. The elephants still need to be fed and well cared for.

BEES Co-Founder and Manager, Emily McWilliam said:

“This funding takes a little of the financial burden off our shoulders. The elephants are happy, healthy and continue to thrive thanks to your support. We are deeply thankful for the kind support in these challenging times.”

You’ll be pleased to know you’ve helped give the elephants quality and variety in their diet, making it both nutritious AND delicious! You helped buy fresh corn stems, banana trees and grass from local Thai farmers, as well as bananas, mangoes, watermelons and tamarinds. This combination of sweet treats and sustenance helps keep these gentle giants alive and happy.

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Mae Kam and Mae Dok asking head mahout Aner for HIS fruit lunch

Mae Kam and Mae Dok asking head mahout Aner for HIS fruit lunch (credit: Blem and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES))

Cheeky pair Mae Kam and Mae Dok (pictured above) are both doing well and going about their days as normal. They were recently spotted making mischief with Aner, the head mahout. He’d just stopped for a refreshing drink at the newly-built rest hut when the two girls sniffed out some sweet fruit that was meant to be his lunch.

They can't keep their trunks to themselves if they think he might have something tasty for them!

Aside from yummy food, your support is also helping to pay for Thong Dee's vet treatments after she was injured. She hurt her leg and scraped her tail back in April but is improving every day and is almost back to her normal self. She’s slowing down in her old age but, like many elephants, has more than earned her comfortable retirement.

Thanks to you, rescued and traumatised elephants won’t go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.