The Elephant Valley Project and ELIE (the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment), in Mondulkiri, Cambodia, has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to help secure the future of three of its much-loved resident elephants.
Easy Rider, Gee Nowl and Milot are rescue elephants who have been living a restful and happy life in the wild environs of the Elephant Valley sanctuary. They were originally loaned to the project on a short-term basis by their owner but ended up staying for four years. Now their owner has decided the project must purchase the elephants to keep them for good, or they face an uncertain future (the EVP helps domestic elephants who have been forced to live an unnatural lifestyle working on the land or in the tourism industry).
The elephants cost a huge $22,000 EACH to purchase but buying them outright will ensure they live out their days in the sanctuary. It will also free up three more ‘rental’ spaces for other domesticated elephants in need of respite. The owner has given EVP a deadline of the end of the year to buy the elephants, so the race to raise the funds is on!
Donate now and secure their future
You can help secure a happy future for Easy, Gee Nowl and Milot – beautiful, gentle creatures – by visiting the EVP fundraising pages to read the story of each elephant and DONATE NOW! (Please note, there is a fundraising page for each elephant, but we recommend you give equally to all three and show your support for such a brilliant project!).
Goodtrippers visited the Elephant Valley Project back in January 2011 – it even inspired us to start Goodtrippers! – so we know from personal experience what a great project this is, and what wonderful animals Easy Rider, Gee Nowl and Milot are. The EVP is urging everyone who has visited the project, or anyone who loves animals, to help raise funds by either donating individually, organising a sponsored event, even running a ‘Drink to get TRUNK’ evening at their local pub – they are currently pulling together a fundraising pack with ideas on how you can help get friends, family, workmates and neighbours involved in raising the cash. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To read more about the work of ELIE and the Elephant Valley Project, plus pictures and stories of the elephants themselves, visit www.elephantvalleyproject.org.
Read the Goodtrippers review of our week volunteering on the Elephant Valley Project here.