She gasped and squealed and ran towards it without looking back. "Dumbooo!"
A few strides away from the elephant, she stopped in her tracks. She seemed terrified. Upon closer look, there was blood splattered on the elephant's face and ear. He was chained to a post, swaying his head left and right, over and over. He stopped for a second and directed his trunk to our daughter for a quick sniff, then fell into a trance again.
Definitely not how Luna imagined Dumbo would look or act like in real life.
About Save Elephant Foundation (taken from their site):
Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non–profit organization (founded by Sangduen "Lek" Chailert ) dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations. Each of our flagship projects is aimed at accomplishing that mission, as well as working towards these goals:
- to expand self-sustaining eco-tourism operations that benefit local communities and ecosystems
- to better incorporate our efforts into local communities
- to become a leader in the field of Asian elephant research through academic outreach and education programs
- to create practical, positive reinforcement based elephant training and rehabilitation programs
- to establish an international volunteer community that raises awareness to issues facing the Asian elephant
- to more fully integrate with the global conservation community to facilitate dynamic cross-cultural networking
Donate And Win!
Simply visit The Travel Blogging Calendar Website and choose the amount (ranges $20 to $500) you'd like to donate. The funds will be utilized to rebuild the elephants' shelters and to purchase new land so that the park may open once again to the adoption of these beloved giants. When you give donation through this project, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a $3,300 (USD) holiday to Thailand! Flight Network has donated a $2000 flight voucher and the eco-friendly tour company Where Sidewalks End will take you on a one-week tour in Thailand where you will even be able to visit the Save Elephant Foundation in Chiang Mai!
Winner will be selected in March of 2014.
But wait, there's more... In return for donating, the bloggers involved have come together to build a creative new product, only available to those who donate. Each week, on an exclusive blog, they will be posting tasty new content and photos highlighting different destinations from around the world. They tell you what’s happening in the world that week and they give you lots of great new reading material to check out, too.
Really, this is a win-win thing here. So let's shell out those dibs.
Meet Elephant Nature Park's Yin Dee, born on the 24th of August this year. I'm sure he's the kind of Dumbo my daughter has in mind.