Bring the Elephant Home is aiming for a better chance of survival for Asian elephants. We want to achieve this by restoring natural habitat, by stimulating animal friendly eco-tourism, by creating alternatives for elephant families and by finding solutions to mitigate human-elephant conflicts. In every project we are cooperating closely with local organizations and communities. With our project Trees for Elephants we have already planted over 350,000 trees for elephants. To be able to extend the natural habitat of elephants, we organize Bike for Elephants during the weekend of 18 and 19 of January 2014. Read more... >>>


Volunteers for protecting the forest on 29 March 2014, Kanchanaburi

antoinette - 20 March 2014 11:12

Firebreak cutting and rock check-dam making in wild elephant habitat.

Kanchanaburi is in full dry season at the moment. All deciduous trees lost their leaves; bamboo turned yellow and there’s forest fire at many places. A disaster for the forest and its wildlife. Let’s help the rangers and local people protecting the forest. A hard job, but so important for the survival of eco systems. By helping the rangers cutting a firebreak, we can save the forest right before the fire comes!

To cool down from this hot and dusty job, we will also install a rock check-dam to preserve water for the wildlife. The forest and the elephants are in dire need of rain, and when the first drops will fall, we would like to keep the water inside the forest as long as we can. During this period, the wild elephants have to get out of the protected forest, to find water near the villages. This can lead to road accidents and conflicts between the elephants and the local people.

Please help us with these important forest conservation events! These simple activities help to improve the habitat of wild elephants and to solve human elephant conflicts around the sanctuary.

Program of the day:
9.30 A.M: Arrival of volunteers. Welcome by village leader, chief of rangers and BTEH (Note: all volunteers are requested to get to Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary by themselves
9.45 A.M: Start firebreak cutting around the planting site and natural forest.
12.30 A.M: Lunch near the ranger station.
1.30 P.M: Rock check-dam making.
4.00 P.M: Finish all activities. Collect all garbage/plastic bags. Drive out of Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary.

* For groups that would like to stay the weekend: we can arrange a homestay program and some light volunteer activities for Sunday morning as well.

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Bike for Elephants 2014

antoinette - 1 March 2014 11:14

Kanchanaburi, 18-19 January, 2014: 37 bikers, 13 support team members, 1 weekend, 140km and 206,000 THB raised for the conservation of Thai elephants!

Last month, our annual Bike for Elephants event took place. After months of preparation, 37 exited cyclists gathered at the famous bridge over the River Kwai and were adjusting their bikes to be able to make it over 140km for elephants! A service team of 13 volunteers were prepared for the various tasks they had to perform during the event: catering, security, first aid, bike repair, traffic control , pictures and video . After the briefing and an interview with the local TV, Bike for Elephants 2014 started!

In two days we cycled 140 km, crossing mountains, plantations, forests and local villages. The first day ended at Erawan Elephants Paradise, a new sanctuary for ex working elephants. Here, the participants had a chance to cool down with elephants in the river and feed the elephants. The next morning started with a climb of a few kilometers, followed by an adventurous off road part. For most participants, it was a relief when we finally arrived at the finish line. With the event we raised 4,500 euro for the protection of the wild elephants in this area. What an achievement! All participants, volunteers and sponsors: Thank you so much ! Click <more> for pictures of the event, or click here to see all the pictures on our Facebook group.

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Aspire Club sponsors Bike for Elephants 2014

Dutsadee - 1 November 2013 10:37

Aspire Fitcorp Asia in Bangkok will support Thai elephants by joining Bike for Elephants on January 18 and 19 in Kanchanaburi. But besides signing up as the Aspire Bike team, they also help us to promote the event and will donate some special vouchers as awards for the event. So if you are joining Bike for Elephant 2014, start your fundraising and preparations early! You have a chance to win prizes from Aspire Club such as a Personal Training Session and Membership, which includes privileges such as joining their small group training in CrossFit, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Yoga and Bootcamp. Thanks a lot, Aspire. We are looking forward to bike for elephants with you! See more about bike for elephant 2014 in Kanchanaburi here

ISB Elephant Volunteer Trip

antoinette - 30 September 2013 10:52

On saturday 21 and sunday 22 September we had our first Wild Elephant Volunteer Weekend with 32 students from the 7th and 8th grade of the International School Bangkok. We kicked off on saturday morning at the border of Erawan National Park to build check dams in a gully located in the community forest. This area gets very arid during the dry season. The check dams will catch and store rainwater during the wet season. In this way, we can provide wild elephants with drinking water while at the same time allowing the soil to retain more moisture and improve the growth of trees and plants.

Let’s rock and roll!
The students didn’t need much encouragement, they were super excited to get started! (more…)

Video Borneo project

antoinette - 27 September 2013 12:34

© Bring the Elephant Home 2013

We are proud to present the first short video documentary of our project ‘In action for the Bornean elephant’. Donations are needed to continue our work in this area. All donations, big or small, will directly contribute to a more suitable habitat for the Bornean elephant. Please donate now through this secure link.

Bring the Elephant Home is cooperating with local organizations in Borneo to create a more suitable environment for the endangered Bornean elephant. Together we work on creating and expanding corridors, increasing biodiversity and restoring the forest in areas affected by oil palm plantations. This projects aims to translate research data into action, to make sure this unique elephant has a chance to survive.

Our video gives a good impression of this natural treasure, the ongoing destruction and our work on forest conservation. Select full screen and switch on the sound of your computer!

Special thanks to the international creative team, that fully volunteered to produce this video:
Camera, video editing and production: Federico Menzano
Storyboard: Federico Menzano and Antoinette van de Water
Music and audio post: Agustina Miqueo and Javier Gore of Music Bag
Narration: Lucia Chouhy.
Music composition: Tito la Rosa

And to our partner organizations: Hutan, Mescot, Danau Girang Field Centre and the Sabah Wildlife Department.

Help raise awareness about the Bornean elephants by sharing this video on Facebook, Twitter, email by using the link to our video on Youtube.

Thanks a lot!

Article in The Natural History Bulletin

antoinette - 9 September 2013 11:09

Article about our project in Borneo in The Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society. Click here to view the whole article.

Volunteer event for wild elephants with Chulalongkorn University students and Bangkok volunteer group

Dutsadee -  09:25

Every rainy season, it’s time for us to plant the trees for over 300 wild elephants living inside the Salakpra wildlife sanctuary and the community forest connected with the sanctuary. Due to much less rainfall in Kanchanaburi last few years, there has been a water shortage inside the jungle. This forced many wild elephants to roam outside the jungle to find water resources for drinking and bathing. They also caused damage to plantations of the local people living nearby the sanctuary. Partly caused by the lack of water problem, the human elephant conflict is rising. One way to mitigate this problem quickly, is to add more water sources and plant more elephant food inside the forest.

During 9 - 11 August 2013 we organized some tree planting events, with the great support of 60 students from faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University, 19 volunteers from Bangkok Volunteer Group, together with local villagers from Baan Klang Pla Kod village and the EGAT officers. All activities were done very quickly and successfully, over 500 native tree seedlings were planted and 55 natural check dams have been constructed within this three days trip.

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Wild elephant conservation work with KIS school

Dutsadee - 3 September 2013 12:00

During August 13 - 14, 2013 KIS International school from Bangkok joined our volunteer event to improve the natural habitat of wild elephants in Kanchanaburi. In two days the 72 students from grade 11 - 12 and 8 teachers and staff made a big difference for Thai elephants!

The students not only worked hard to restore the forest and to create check dams in the jungle but they also learnt about our Trees for Elephants reforestation concept, fruit and seed structure, seed germination and potting and of course about elephant conservation issues.

With such a big group of young people, and the help of the local people and EGAT officers, all activities were done quickly and successfully. We planted almost 1,000 trees on the first day and constructed over 25 check dams on the second. The check dams have been created inside the jungle of Erawan National Park, at the headwaters of the river Kwai. Bring the Elephant Home wishes to thank all volunteers from KIS International School for all the hard work of. We are looking forward to the next event KIS can join again!

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Volunteer for improving wild elephant habitat

antoinette - 24 July 2013 12:54

Join us improving the habitat of wild elephants in Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi. During the rainy season we would like to catch and preserve as much water as possible. We need many volunteers to help with this important forest conservation task. The project helps to improve the habitat of wild elephants and other animals and to mitigate human elephant conflicts around the National Park.

Drought is a serious problem in Kanchanaburi, for the forest and the animals. Last year some streams inside the jungle completely dried up, causing a lack of drinking water for animals. Many wild elephants went to search for drinking water outside the sanctuary, passing through local fruit plantations. This leads to increasing human elephant conflicts.

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Forest restoration workshop with FORRU

Dutsadee - 10 July 2013 10:39

During 26 - 29 June 2013, BTEH collaborated with FORRU (Forest Restoration Research Unit) under Chiang Mai university to host  a reforestation workshop for our partner organisations Hutan and Mescot from Borneo. Four intense learning days, which included nursery training, research and reforestation techniques to improve the current reforestation programs. A panel discussion about saving pygmy elephants and restoring peat swamp forest at the biology department of Chiang Mai University was also part of the program. At the end of the workshop a special session was scheduled to enable the key persons to plan and carry out effective forest ecosystem restoration programs for the Borneo elephants in Sabah. The workshop brought together five participants from our co-partner organizations, Hutan and Mescot, including staff of BTEH and FORRU. (more…)

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