The shocking and rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted an enormous amount of lives, among both the human and animal populations. Now, more than ever, individuals and organisations worldwide must rely on the help, compassion, and kindness of others, and we must all work together to get through this crisis.
In Thailand, elephants are in dire need of assistance. A combination of travel restrictions, the widespread closure of tourist activities, and social distancing measures has resulted in the loss of the primary source of income for elephant camps nationwide, and many are now struggling to feed and provide adequate care for their animals.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary was founded in 2014, and we have worked tirelessly since then to achieve our goal of providing a safe, ethical, and sustainable home for rescued elephants, where they can experience freedom, happiness, and good health. We have also endeavoured to provide our Mahouts, or elephant caretakers, with a comfortable life, and circumstances in which they can take the best possible care of both themselves and the elephants they work with.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary now cares for 97 elephants at locations in four provinces throughout Thailand. (Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, and Samui). The majority of our income is generated from visitors to our Sanctuary, and we use this money to ensure the health and comfort of our elephants on a daily basis, veterinary treatment, and elephant food. With uncertainty looming over when we will be able to reopen our locations, and the inability for many people to travel in the foreseeable future, we are anticipating very difficult times ahead.
Elephants eat approximately 10% of their body weight in food every day, and providing a nutritious and balanced diet for nearly 100 elephants results in substantial financial costs and logistical challenges. Due to the current pandemic, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide our elephants with an adequate amount of food, as well as to support our Mahouts and continue to provide them with fair compensation for their work.
If you are able to help us feed our elephants and support our Mahouts during this crisis, any amount you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Your donation will go directly towards elephant food and Mahout expenses, and will help us provide the best lives possible for these beautiful creatures and dedicated individuals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.