Here’s an opportunity to be part of an amazing project that will make a huge difference, indeed the difference between life and death, for Asian elephants disabled by land mine explosions.
Oh, you didn’t know that elephants could step on land mines? It happens in former battle zones in Southeast Asia. Cheap land mines that were once intended for enemy armies still lie abandoned by the thousands. All it takes in one wrong step in the jungle and… the loss of a foot or even an entire leg.
Elephants are very resilient creatures, but even they can’t hobble around in pain on shredded limbs. Of course, its not possible to make them whole again… but it is possible to give them the closest thing possible to the mobility they enjoyed before the accident. Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Thailand has pioneered a process to create prosthetic legs that can take the weight and stresses of movement of massive elephants. They work much the same as artificial legs for humans, but built sturdier. Two land mine victims, Mosha and Motala have worn theirs for years. The only problem is how do you get one-of-a-kind custom fit elephant legs repaired when they break and how can you quickly make more when new patients arrive at the hospital?
What FAE hospital has decided to do is create a workshop “factory” to fabricate, adjust and repair prosthetic limbs for elephants on-site. This will make it possible to help disabled elephants almost in real-time compared to the weeks and months the process takes now.The one snag is… it’s not cheap to build such a facility. The cost is estimated at 400,000 THB equi
valent to over $11,300 USD. Even so, can you think of a more valuable asset to help these ailing eles.
Here’s where we come in. I’ve launched a CrowdRise fundraiser to Help Build The Elephant Leg Factory. We’re going to raise the money needed to build and stock this new workshop with the tools and supplies to serve Mosha, Motala, and any other elephants in need. Will you help us raise the $11,500 we’ve set as our goal as soon as possible? You can donate quickly and easily through our CrowdRise fundraising page.
Here’s your opportunity to own a large hand-carved mango wood elephant crafted in Thailand. There’s actually an entire herd of these gorgeous elephant figures, but they are finding homes fast and will only be available to adopt for a short time. The elephant shown in this photo is called #2. She weighs 3 lbs and is 9 inches tall. The beautiful mango wood gets darker as finish is applied. Right now, #2 has only a light application of clear oil.
You can bid on this wonderful carved elephant right now. Don’t dawdle… the first bid has already been received. This eBay auction ends next Monday (Feb 2) at about 4 PM. After that you’ll likely be out of luck.
Not only will you be acquiring a unique work of hand crafted art, but you’ll also be helping to support a real elephant hospital in Thailand. Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) Elephant Hospital treats sick and injured elephants at no cost to their owners and depends on donations from caring people worldwide. Jody Stickney is donating 100% of this sale to FAE, so your money will go far… and you’ll have a valuable elephant too!
Note: 2/5 update. I’m happy to say that I’m the proud winner of the auction for elephant #2 (shown above) She should arrive in the next few days. Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on any of the auctions to date. There are more eBay auctions in progress right now to benefit FAE.
A main goal of our Loves Elephants site is to encourage donations to worthy elephant rescue and conservation organizations, and to generate revenue that we can contribute ourselves. It’s always fun when you can do a good deed and get something you’d like for yourself at the same time. Here’s your opportunity.
Our new design store is now open for business. What will you find there? It’s an eclectic collection of elephant related products based on our own designs. For instance, do you like our graphic of two elephants at sunset? Would you like a mousepad, button, puzzle, license plate or cosmetic bag with this picture? How about this comfy pillow with all the white little elephants among the wispy clouds? Yes, they’re all available.
You’ll find a sampling of our latest designs at the “Design” tab in this site’s navigation bar above. There are more, many more, available at For Elephant’s Sake. That’s our Zazzle shop. What’s Zazzle? It’s an exciting place to shop and to create your own custom products. You simply supply the creative content, such as photos or artwork, and you can make everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs to holiday ornaments, pillows, plates and much more.
For every item we sell, Zazzle pays us a small commission. We use this income to support elephant charities worldwide. You can sign up with Zazzle and create your product store to support yourself or causes that you consider important. What’s more, you can promote anybody else’s designs on your website, blog or social media site and you’ll receive a referral fee from Zazzle if someone buys that product through your link. We would be honored if you’d promote our products for our mutual benefit. In the future, we may also feature elephant related designs by other talented artists.