When Elephant Nature Park founder Lek Chailert posted on Facebook today about the elephants shivering in the unseasonably cold weather there in Thailand, it was a matter of hours until two animal lovers who are concerned about elephant issues had organized a giant-sized coat drive for the elephants.
Teresa Bradford and Gert Zagler along with others wanting to help have contacted the wonderful people at The Goat Coat Shop and arranged to have donations sent to make blankets for seven more elephants. It is a great idea, and a good opportunity for people the world over to show support for those who dedicate their lives to rescuing elephants from harsh treatment.
While the coats are several hundred dollars with shipping costs, even a dollar or two will make a difference. Teresa and Gert’s message:
Who wants to help the elephants at [Elephant Nature Park ( ENP)] in Thailand stay warm?! The elephants need coats this year because it’s been cold. If you can help, please send your contribution via PayPal to email@example.com.
Please specify in the notes that your payment is for elephant coats for ENP. No contribution amount is too small! All funds go towards the coats.
The cost per coat is $250 and approximately $75 shipping per coat. Please [message] Gert Zagler with the amount of your contribution, she will keep track of all contributions. Also, please note this is not a 501c. Thank you so much!
This year is not just only cold, but the rain comes to the wrong season and with it a cold wind; some of our old elephants stand shaking. Bua Loi is one of the elephants that shows very obvious shake when she gets cold.
This year Bua Loi got a great Christmas gift from Barbara and Rich Hendele, who ordered the elephant coat to be made by the Goat Coat shop at New York, and they donated this blanket in memory of Ahsi, one of our bull elephants, who Rich and Barbara spent time with when they last visited.
Thank you to Rich, and Barbara , for your love and warm heart that send along with the beautiful Blanket to our elephant. Bua Loi is so proud and she looks quite elegant in her new coat.
Apparently the adult elephants are suspicious when blankets are put on the babies so they can’t be blanketed, but the young ones are able to keep warm by huddling with the adults.
“The young ones can squeeze with their mother and nanny at night,” writes Lek. “The problem with the little babies when we put something to cover them, then the nannies start to suspect and they start to investigate the coat we have put on their baby. ”
Please donate (any amount) to the coat drive via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify that it is for the elephants at Elephant Nature Park. Then contact Gert Zagler, she is keeping track of the donations.
About ENP: “The park has received numerous awards from institutions including the Smithsonian. The founder [Lek Chailert] was named Asian Hero of the Year by Time magazine in 2005 and the park has been featured in many international publications including National Geographic magazine as well as feature documentaries from respected film production companies – Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC, CNN, KTV, RAI, major Thai language TV channels, printed press and radio stations.”