Elephant Aid International : Projects
Location: Chitwan, Nepal
Our Chain-Free Corral Pilot Project in Nepal, which began in May 2012 with the construction of a one-acre corral for eight-year-old Sweetie Kali, was a grand success!
After months of watching Sweetie Kali blossom in her chain-free corral, the mahouts wanted the same for her two-month-old baby brother Hem Gaj. Determined that Hem Gaj will not be put on chains, they asked that we build a chain-free corral for the calf, his mother and all the members of the herd.
To be asked to build additional corrals, where elephants can wander unchained and engage in species specific behaviors such as dusting, browsing, walking, napping and bathing, is a dream come true.
In January 2013, EAI completed construction of Asia’s first chain-free hattisar (elephant facility). All six resident elephants at the National Trust for Nature Conservation’s Biodiversity Conservation Center, in Chitwan, Nepal, now live chain-free.
From seven-month-old Hem Gaj to seventy-year old Mel Kali, all the elephants have transitioned beautifully to their new-found freedom.
For the first time, the related family of baby Hem Gaj, mother Man Kali and eight-year-old daughter Prakriti Kali (aka Sweetie Kali) are united. After years of painful separation, Prakriti Kali gently touched Man Kali's face, as her mother, Man Kali, showered her with caresses.
The chain-free corrals make it possible for the family to live together.