HELP THE ELEPHANTS

LONG-TERM KONCEPTS ARE THE ONES WHICH ACTUALLY HELP

HELP THE ELEPHANTS

LONG-TERM KONCEPTS ARE THE ONES WHICH ACTUALLY HELP

ELEPHANTS NEED OUR SUPPORT

ASIAN ELEPHANTS ARE HIGHLY THREATENED BY EXTINCTION

There are less than 60,000 gentle giants walking this earth

ELEPHANTS LIVE UP TO 80 YEARS

Preservation only works in a long-term partnership

ASIAN ELEPHANTS HAVE BEEN DOMESTICATED FOR 6000 YEARS

We need to create a future for elephants and humans

ELEPHANT BABIES ARE RARE

Pregnancies last 22 months and giving birth calls for a lot of strengh of mother and her calf

CHALLENGING: ELEPHANTS CO-LIVING WITH HUMANS

Conflicts can only be solved together, not against each other

ELEPHANTS EAT 200 KG A DAY

Simultaneaously feed prices exploded from 2014 to 2018 and increased in our area by 7000 %

HOW CAN I HELP ?

SPONSORSHIPS FOR ELEPHANTS

FOR ELEPHANTLOVERS: SPONSOR AN ELEPHANT!
  • WHY?
    • asian elephants are highly endangered from extinction
    • every elephant in the Tong-Bai-Foundation gets taken care of with love and respect
    • sick elephants can come to us for help and medical treatment
  • HOW?
    • you can become a direct sponsor for one of our 6 and a half elephants
    • you can donate with PayPal if you click the button „Spenden“ below
    • you can become a food sponsor – and a best friend 😉
    • you can book a tour with XXX where the fee goes directly to the Tong-Bai Fund
  • WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO TO?
    • donations get into one fund, from which money is taken for food, water and the elephants caretakers salary

DONATE TO THE TONG BAI FOUNDATION

WHY EVERY DONATION HELPS!
Elephant keeping is very cost intensive. Every elephants needs daily up to 200 kg of feed and one Mahut for his own caretaking.  The Tong Bai Foundation does not receive any state subsidies, but depends on donations and sponsorships to fund itself. To have another source of income, in 2013 in a cooperation with Green Trails Co. Ltd., Chiang Mai we have developed th epossibility to visit us twice a week. Interested guests can book a day-tour in small groups with Green Trail. More than half of the tours price goes directly to our Tong Bai Foundation.
How can I donate?
    1. DONATION VIA TRANSFER → our bank account: Tong-Bai e.V. Jens-Bahnsen-Weg 6 25524 Itzehoe, Deutschland        IBAN : DE55 2225 0020 0090 0559 30 BIC : NOLADE21WHO
    2. DONATION VIA PAYPAL → press yellow „Spenden „button ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓   ⇓

We are a recognised non-profit organisation. Therefore, every donation will receive a tax receipt after the end of the calender year, which can be offset against taxes in Germany. 

FEED SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS

IMPORTANT FOR ELEPHANTS: CONCENTRATED FEED
  • grown elephants eat up to 200 kg (400 lbs) a day
  • hay is terrific feed, however atypical in Thailand
  • since it is rare it is more expensive
  • ca. 50 EUR EACH ELEPHANT EACH MONTH

ASIAN ELEPHANTS ARE HIGHLY THREATENED BY EXTINCTION

Less than 60,000 asian elephants in 13 asian countries are walking this earth. Thereof an estimated 25,000-32,000 are living in the wild. The lates census for elephants in Thailand of March 13, 2017, made for 3,000-3,500 elephants living in the wild and 3,471 domesticated ones. Only 100 years ago there were an estimated 150,000 elephants living in Thailand. The population decrease is so dramatic, that the asian elephants might be extinct within the next 3 generations, which are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of On the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature) he is IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

The natural habitat for asian elephants the forest decreased to a small fraction. As last room left available, only Nature Parks can now be a home to wild elephants. However, in these regiment areas only a limited amount of elephants are able to live. 

We cannot influence the wild elephant population directly. But we can breed with our elephants. The number of domesticated elephants fell from 1950 to 2000 by 80%. However, in the last couple of years the population rose slightly and we are thrilled about every newborn calf of our herd. That is how we can contribute to the preservation of these gorgeous gentle giants.

ELEPHANTS LIVE UP TO 80 YEARS

Elephants can grow very old, up to 80 years. Wenn wir uns dem Schutz von Elefanten verschreiben bedeutet dies immer ein langfristiges Engagement. Für jedes heute in Menschenhand geborene Elefantenkalb müssen wir sicherstellen, dass auch noch in den kommenden Jahrzehnten für sein Auskommen gesorgt ist. Projekte zum Schutz unserer grauen Riesen müssen generationsübergreifend und Hand in Hand mit der lokalen Bevölkerung gestaltet werden, um den Elefanten bei Menschen ein möglichst naturnahes Leben und Überleben zu bieten. Hierfür benötigte Gelder müssen kontinuierlich fließen, sei es durch Einkünfte mit den Tieren im sanften Tourismus oder Patenschaften und Spendengeldern. Bei Patenschaften und Spendengeldern sind wir von Ihnen abhängig. Um im Tourismus mit und für unsere Elefanten Geld zu verdienen müssen auch weiterhin verantwortungsvolle Gäste aus aller Welt Elefantencamps besuchen, in denen ein verantwortungsvoller und auf Respekt basierender Umgang mit den Tieren gewährleistet ist. Sie sehen, es geht nicht ohne Sie! Damit unsere Elefanten in eine glückliche Zukunft im 21. Jahrhundert blicken können umfassen unser Konzept viele verschiedene Aspekte, bis hin zum Bau eines Elefantenkrankenhauses, nicht nur für unsere wenigen Tiere sondern offen für alle Elefanten in unserem großen Tal. Für dieses ehrgeizige Projekt benötigen wir noch weitere finanzielle Unterstützung.

ASIAN ELEPHANTS HAVE BEEN DOMESTICATED FOR 6000 YEARS

The relationship between elephants and humans was and is a very special one. Domesticated elephants play a significant role in Thailand’s history and culture and many elements of the Buddhist religion are intertwined with these gentle giants. Their appearance and character have often been used as metaphors in Buddha’s teachings. In the history of Thailand, elephants were used in temple construction and in the timber industry. However, in 1989, when the teak strike stopped, the situation of working elephants changed from one day to the other. Thousands of elephants and their owners became unemployed – the families‘ main source of income had become an intolerable financial burden due to high running costs. Some elephants found rewarding work in the tourism industry. Many, however, were not so lucky and forced to fight hard, often under unworthy living and working conditions. In order to lead our animals into a promising future – in an enviorment as natural as possible –  working close with the local people is inevitable. We can only guarantee this by combining their centuries-old traditions with the demands of modern animal welfare. We combine the good ofthe traditional experiences of elephant-owning families, respect their religion and culture, and combine it with the latest scientific founds and animal welfare aspects. This requires a lot of time, trust and mutual respect. From human as well as elephant.

ELEPHANT BABIES ARE RARE

Young elephant cows become sexually mature at the age of approx. 10-14 years. Since the cycle of an elephant cow takes 3-4 months, it can only be fertilized by a bull 3-4 times a year. However, not every attempt is successful. The time of ovulation can be determined by hormonal analysis by a laboratory. Our elephant cows are in daily contact with bulls and often one can tell, by a change of behavior, when a cow is ready to mate. Over a period of several days, the cow and bull are then brought together for the daily cover act. If successful the elephant cow looks at 18 to 22 months of pregnancy due to their enormous size and slow development and metabolism. Also, the brain of the elephant is fully developed at birth. Giving birth is an enormous feat for both mother and child and usually lasts for 2 nights. Pressing the calf through the 1.5 meter long birth canal causes the mother a lot of pain. The following 4 years the mother breast feeds her calf. 2 years after giving birth she can become pregnant again at the ealiest.

CHALLENGING: ELEPHANTS CO-LIVING WITH HUMANS

The conflict between elephants and people does not only worsens on the edges of national parks due to closer growing villages and agricultural areas. Us also, living in the immediate vicinity of the local people, need to make sure conflicts do not arise. Our camp is located near a river, surrounded by dense forests, small villages, rice fields and banana plantations. If one of our elephants gets on rice field or the banana plantations illegally, he does not only eats as much as he wants but destroys all harvest of farmers in the villages nearby. The high compensation payments are only one problem in this scenario. If a farmer sees his harvest or his family threatened by invading elephants they will defend themself accordingly. As a result the life of our elephants can be in serious danger. Therefore, our elephants must be secured with a long chain from time to time, as they are not able to go out exploring their surrounding unattented while their mahout e.g. has lunch or enjoys a nap. At the same time Thai people love and admire elephants, they fear them. We include the local villagers in our concepts. We do not only provide information about these gentle giants and contact with our animals but the Tong-Bai Foundation creats jobs and supports social projects in the villages.  As long as we stick to certain rules we are a welcomed guest around here. We are for example allowed to use the river for bathing our elephants but have to make sure it is not over-polluted with elephant dung. Since the river is used as a food source and service water our mahouts have to remove elephants dung from the water after a nice bath with our guests.

ELEPHANTS EAT 200 KG A DAY

Elephants spend about 18 hours a day eating. Since their digestion is not very effective they have to consume large quantities of food to meet their nutritional needs. As our elephants spend a lot of time each day and night in the camp surrounded by a species-rich forest and grassland, they are able to eat as natural as possible. They can add to their diet every herbs, grass, bark and roots they want to. Due to the immense amount of feed of about 200 kg, which requires a full-grown elephant a day, elephant grass, corn and hay must also be fed. The permanent provision of hay is a great feature and we are proud to be the only privately managed elephant camp to offer our animals this raw food which is rich in fiber and protein. The production of hey has a long history in Europe but is completely atypical in Thailand. The long rainy season and high humidity make hay production very difficult. The hay harvest, which is so healthy and herb-scented for elephants, can only be harvested in December and February, and the widespread application of pesticides must be avoided altogether, making annual productivity comparatively low and hay accordingly cost-intensive. Only in a few places in the country this high-quality feed is produced. One of these places is the village of Ta Goa Muang in the district of Lampun, about 80km from Mae Sapok. Here, a group of 20 small farmers collectively cultivates an area of ​​about 48 hectares (300 Rai). Even the corn, of which we feed only the stems and not the fruit flask, must be grown pesticide-free. Of course, this will give the farmer less crops and the loss of earnings will have to make up for the „waste product“. The harvest of elephant grass, specially planted for the elephants, is very labor-intensive and sweaty. The leaves are very sharp-edged and the harvesters need to protect themselves accordingly. However, this does not bother the elephants. They feed this grass with great fondness.

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