Organizations Ernest supports
The Elephant Sanctuary:
A natural refuge where sick, old and needy elephants can once again walk the earth in peace and dignity. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee — 85 miles southwest of Nashville.
The Elephant Sanctuary exists for two reasons:
- To provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures,dense forests, spring-fed ponds and heated barns for cold winter nights.
- To provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures.
Performing Animal Welfare Society:
Since 1984, The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades. PAWS investigates reports of abused performing and exotic animals, documents cruelty and assists in investigations and prosecutions by regulatory agencies to alleviate the suffering of captive wildlife.
Elephant Aid International:
Elephant Aid International (EAI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to create a paradigm shift that will foster change in beliefs and approaches to the care and management of elephants. With the combined efforts of international scientists, veterinarians, mahouts, elephant caregivers and elephant welfare supporters, EAI is helping to change how the public relates to elephants; how mahouts (elephant handlers) and elephant caregivers train elephants; and how captive elephants are cared for worldwide. EAI has pioneered a new system, Compassionate Elephant Care, which will eliminate antiquated, dominance-based training and result in improved elephant welfare.
By providing education and hands-on assistance, EAI is working to end the worldwide suffering of elephants…one elephant at a time.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:
The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs. The trust exists to protect wildlife in Kenya. They are best known for the hand-rearing of orphaned elephants, so that they can return to the wild when grown. Together we can give these orphans new life!
Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary:
Located in Thailand, BLES is devoted to creating a safe and natural environment for elephants. BLES is the only sanctuary in Thailand that puts the well-being of elephants first. There are no performances — just elephants being elephants!
Elephant Nature Park:
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. We have been involved in dozens of rescues to create our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants and other animals under our care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present.
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forests and wildlife wealth. Today, the organization has evolved to actively work towards protecting the Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities.
India’s wildlife is under severe threat – every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins have fast become “the hunted”. While time is running out for these creatures, it’s not too late to help!
Elephant Asia Rescue Survival Foundation (EARS):
Promotes responsible tourism and ask tourists traveling to Asia to visit ‘elephant friendly’ projects and sanctuaries where elephants are treated with kindness and respect.
EARS works on the ground with specially selected projects in need of financial assistance by funding food, medical care, buildings such as an elephant hospital, enclosures, water pond or bathing pools, or towards the purchase of land, offers financial support for rescues and co-ordinate relief for elephants in emergency situations, and makes a long term commitment to protect the future of the Asian elephant and support projects preserving their natural habitat.
SOS Elephants of CHAD:
Dedicated to the preservation of elephants and their habitats throughout various regions by employing methods in research, education, conservation and counterpoaching disciplines.
BEES – Burm & Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary:
A retirement home for elderly elephants, providing an alternative for elephants and owners. Home to all animals in need.
Our mission is to provide an alternative for elephants and their owners, to give elephants a chance to have freedom and a better life before there time runs out.
To run a sterilization and animal rescue and care program in the local area to control and care for the domestic animal population.
To sustainably develop the local area and protect and keep clean the natural environment.
Our aim is to Educate locals and Tourists on Elephants, Conservation of the Environment and Ethical treatment of Animals.
We run volunteer program for people to get involved and assist in Education Programs e.g. English Teaching, Animal welfare, Clean up days, planting tree days.
In the future we would like to have a sterilization program set-up to make sure animals don’t have to continue to suffer.
We hope to buy a lot of land that we can turn back to its natural order and have many acres for the elderly, retired elephants and other animals to live freely and as naturally as possible.
Community based project. We work towards sustainable community development and working to create better futures for humans and animals. We provide an alternative for owners and their elephants to move away from city life and the hard, rough days of trekking or working in the tourist trade by providing a retirement home for elephants where they can come to have some much needed rest or have a long term/permanent stay. The elephants have the chance to live free and both owner and elephant no longer have to face the hardships of daily life in the city and trekking camps. In addition we also give a home to all animals in need and run rescue, rehabilitation and release programs and have education programs in the local community. We plant trees, have clean up days, run education programs and work towards creating a better future.
Volunteer Today and help us create a better future for all humans and animals.
Elemotion Foundation is working to improve the lives of endangered Asian elephants and the people connected to them. Our mission has three goals.
- Educate the public about the plight of the Asian elephant. The foundation’s education initiative includes information in several languages about wild and captive elephants. An informed public has the power to improve elephants’ lives by choosing to participate in elephant friendly activities, donating to established organizations, and spreading the message.
- International network building. Support, coordinate, and facilitate the passage of information between like-minded organizations, programs, researchers, and individuals who are working towards the betterment of wild and captive Asian elephants.
- Create and support programs which improve the lives of elephants and the people connected to them. The foundation is dedicated to helping elephants by creating initiatives which have an impact on large numbers of elephants as well as on individual cases. We also focus on educational and community development for people who live and work with elephants, including Human Elephant Conflict (HEC )affecting villages.
Team Bona are just three ordinary Australians who embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Amanda, Bruce and Murray came across the story of Bona, an orphaned Sumatran elephant on the brink of death and knew that they couldn’t turn a blind eye. The story that unfolded is one of incredible determination, compassion and inspiration all driven by a passion for conservation, the planet we call home and the love for one little elephant. This is a story of survival.
Bona will play an important role in protecting diminishing habitat for her species if she survives. When she is fully grown, Bona will join the 19 other elephants at the ECC to be part of the CRU (Conservation Response Unit) where she will patrol against illegal poachers, plantation encroachment and any other activity that may harm her species’ last remaining precious habitat. She will be a true ambassador for her own species.
A registered non profit organisation, who care for large wild animals that are milk dependent until they are ready to be relased back into the wild in Malawi.
Black Beauty Ranch:
The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas.
Its nearly 1,300 acres are home to more than 1,200 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches. Others are discards from circuses or roadside zoos, or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others have come from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government.
Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, camels and llamas, all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch, which was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate.
ElephantVoices’ Mission is to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants and to secure a kinder future for them through research and the sharing of knowledge.
Amboselli Trust for Elephants:
Conservation through knowledge and awareness. The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy. ATE, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and the USA (501(c)3). ATE’s operational focus is in Amboseli National Park and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy-setting worldwide.
Save the Elephants:
One of the world’s foremost authorities on the African elephant, Iain Douglas-Hamilton pioneered the first in-depth scientific study of elephant social behaviour in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park at age 23. During the 1970s he investigated the status of elephants throughout Africa and was the first to alert the world to the ivory poaching holocaust.
Mission Statement: To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.