BENEFITING: International Elephant Foundation
We know that elephants understand words and phrases in English, German, Thai, Afrikaans and 50 other languages but elephants don’t speak English. So why English Lessons for Elephants?
To answer, first we have another question: Did you know that there are 10 times fewer Asian elephants than African elephants? If the world does not band together to find solutions for human-elephant conflict (HEC) and habitat loss as they are for poaching, then we could see Asian elephants go regionally extinct within the next 10 years! Back to English lessons for elephants. We need YOU to help us raise funds to teach the elephant mahouts (you know the guys that take care of the elephants in Asia) English so that everyone can communicate better about protecting elephants in Myanmar.
Most HEC occurs in areas where national parks border farmland, causing loss of crops, damage to houses and other property of the surrounding communities. Illegal human activities inside national parks such as encroachment, logging, poaching, land cultivation and cattle grazing, threatens the wildlife and contributes to increasing HEC. When elephants threaten lives, property and livelihoods, a response is required to ensure the safety of communities. If authorities don't take appropriate actions in response, local people are likely to respond themselves, sometimes by killing entire herds of elephants whether they caused the conflict or not.
Through our Conservation Response Unit (CRU) program, mahouts and their elephants work with wildlife authorities and forest rangers to patrol vital habitat and stop wildlife crime. The mahouts receive training in conservation science and in actions such as collecting and documenting wildlife presence, human-wildlife conflicts, and illegal activities, as well as recording the locations and reporting the crime to law enforcement. The CRU elephants also herd wild elephants away from human settlements, and serve as elephant ambassadors, teaching local communities to love and conserve elephants. Mahouts are also trained in modern elephant care practices, and the elephant ambassadors receive regular veterinary care, improving every life involved in the CRU.
An important step in developing a successful CRU are English language classes for mahouts, wildlife officers, and others with a role in the CRU program. With these lessons, it is much easier to communicate and share conservation techniques and technologies, especially at the international level as those working in Sumatra or India or Thailand have valuable information, experiences, and best practices to share just as they can learn from the experiences of the mahouts in Myanmar.
Now does It make sense? Please support English Lessons for Elephants.