About Elephant Aid International
Carol Buckley founded Elephant Aid International (EAI) in November 2009 to raise global consciousness about the lives of elephants both in captivity and in the wild.
EAI’s first projects take place in Southeast Asia, where elephants and humans have a long history of coexistence. Richly woven into the fabric of Asian culture, elephants play a role in religion, economics, tribal life and, in recent times, tourism. Revered as gods, honored as a national heritage animal and protected as an endangered species, elephants are never far from the consciousness of the people.
But the fabric that has tied human and elephants together has begun to unravel. The problem is survival, as humans and elephants compete for limited land and food resources. Both sides have suffered casualties in the resulting conflict, which threatens to destroy this highly endangered species.
Asian governments are now grappling with how elephants and people can coexist. What happens in the coming months and years will determine whether elephants will have a place in a rapidly developing world and what that place will be.
The time is ripe with possibility.
EAI sees a world in which society respects elephants and provides environments in which they can not only survive but flourish. Elephants who live in semi-wild and wild environments would be free of human harassment and exploitation; elephants in captivity would live as humane and natural a life as possible.
- EAI melds knowledge, experience and vision to bring fresh new ideas to the table.
- EAI’s agenda is simple: improving the lives of elephants and the people who live and work with them.
- EAI cuts across the lines that usually divide people. It brings together everyone who cares about elephants—biologists, mahouts, scientists, researchers, veterinarians, educators, caregivers, progressive zoo professionals and elephant enthusiasts.
- Improve the conditions of captivity in which elephants live and eliminate abusive training and management styles.
- Demonstrate alternatives to the use of chaining as a form of management.
- Train mahouts in positive management techniques so they can better care for and manage their elephants.
- Improve the social status of mahouts through education and job advancement.
- Remove begging elephants from the streets of Asia by finding alternative livelihoods for mahouts and their families.
- Facilitate the establishment of lifetime care centers (sanctuaries) across Asia.
EAI’s first projects are focused on elephants living in captivity, but over time it will also address the issues of elephants who live in the wild.
Elephant Aid International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.