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Feed Elephants Affected by Covid 19 Crisis

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4 months ago

Due to increasing habitat loss, most Asian elephants have to live in captivity and depend on tourism to eat. Covid 19 travel restrictions have caused many elephant camps to close. This sudden unemployment for elephants means that they have no food and no place to live. Many are having to take difficult 1-3-day journeys walking back to their villages. These journeys are dangerous not only because of traffic but also starvation dehydration and overheating.  If you can, please donate to help feed these incredible animals.

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Since the recent implementation of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus, many elephants have become homeless, along with their caretakers, who have no means to buy food for the animals in their charge. A single elephant eats 200 Kilos of food each day. Since all tourist attractions have been closed, this includes elephant camps. Without tourists, some smaller elephant camps cannot afford to feed their elephants. As a result, elephants and their mahouts (already low paid and vulnerable workers) find themselves marginalised.This fund is set up exclusively for elephants owned by Karen people in this situation.  The current plight of our elephants in Thailand is being exasperated by the dry season. Temperatures have been soaring to almost 40 degrees, as we face one of the worst droughts on record. For the elephants, this means that there is very little to forage naturally. Contrary to what anti-elephant tourism campaigners believe - that elephant tourism is bad for the elephants - because they are domesticated elephants the opposite is actually true. And this is being borne out even more so due to the current situation. This sudden unemployment for the elephants means that not only do they have no food, they also no longer have a place to live. Mahouts and their elephants find themselves having to walk for between 1 and 3 days back to their villages. These journeys are often dangerous and challenging as they avoid traffic and face dehydration, overheating, and tragically in some cases, starvation. 

We appreciate it is hard times for everyone. But the elephants need your help! Many of you have enjoyed amazing elephant experiences in different parts of Asia. Many of you, we know care deeply about animals and elephants in particular. We believe that many of you will care that captive elephants are suffering now more than before. Please donate whatever you can to help feed elephants during this difficult time. Chai Lai Orchid community members like Charlie and Tiger have volunteered to facilitate this project for free to ensure 100% of donations go to the food for the elephants who are now hungry and /or homeless. Thank You on behalf of Chai Lai ChaiLaiOrchid.Com and The Care Project Foundation https://www.thecareprojectfoundation.org/




Update from April 16 2020
3 months ago



On of the elephants, you for all your kindness. We have been able to buy lots of nutritious food and also medicine for the elephants. 





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First donor
1,000 THB
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Top contributor
6,586 THB
Gary Walker-Roberts
The least I can do. My heart ❤️ pours out to the elephants, mahouts, and the people in Chiang Mai. Please keep spirits high and this shall pass. And when it does, a visit back is at the top of my list. Stay well!!!

65 Donations
1 month ago
2,097 THB
Satomi Hirano
Keeping the staff & elephants in prayer and the great advocacy work you are doing. I enjoyed my stay at Chai Lai Orchid and learning about your Daughters Rising & ethical care of elephants and look forward to another visit soon.
1 month ago
1,272 THB
Saif Elmoneim
2 months ago
2,072 THB
Rachel Kramer
2 months ago
326 THB
Anonymous
3 months ago
500 THB
Anonymous
Hope to have many elephant to be fad.
3 months ago
722 THB
Anonymous
for the elephants in this amazing place that gave me the most <3
3 months ago
1,920 THB
Susan Thompson
I loved my visit to Chiangmai in November 2018 and saw elephants in a village and in a sanctuary. I hope they get the food they need!
3 months ago
2,000 THB
Tyson Koehn
We stayed here last summer and it was unforgettable! Good luck during this difficult time!
3 months ago
4,891 THB
Iris keren
This is for Zucchi
3 months ago
1,004 THB
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