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Save Two Captive Elephants from a Casino in Laos

Joumban, a 34-year-old male and Mae Seang, a 32-year-old female are chained up in the parking lot of a casino in Laos, adjacent to the Chinese border. They are held captive so Chinese gamblers can take souvenir selfies, posing with the elephants and the casinos’ “lady boys”. (Casinos are illegal in China so punters cross the border into Laos for their gambling fix.)

Captive elephants nearly all their lives, these two suffer inadequate shelter, lack of exercise, a restricted diet, goading by metal hooks and nightly stress from the noise and bright lights.  Their eyes are glassy and lifeless.  They deserve SO much more.

Elephanatics, a non-profit organisation in Vancouver, BC has been raising money for 2 years via the “Ride A Bike, Not An Elephant” campaign to ultimately free a captive Asian elephant.  We recently heard that the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos plans to rescue not one, but two pachyderms – approximately the week of June 3, 2019.  The 422 km truck ride from Boten to Nam Tien Lake should take at least 15 hours, not counting grass-breaks.

Can you help us raise the last of our donation to help give these sweethearts a well-earned retirement together?  No amount is too small as the trickles become a river that will change these two elephants’ lives forever.   The center hopes to one day release Joumban and Mae Seang into a wild herd in the Nam Pouy National Park nearby.  Your donation = their freedom for life.

Laos has around 400 wild elephants and 450 captive elephants. They are on the brink of extinction in what is still ironically called “The Land of A Million Elephants”.  Launched in 2011, the Elephant Conservation Center is trying to save Laos’ elephants through a breeding program, endocrinology lab, positive reinforcement and mahout education – funded almost entirely through ethical tourism. Visitors do not ride the elephants but enjoy observing them in their natural habitat. Elephants get to just be elephants!

Leanne Fogarty, Elephanatics ‘ Director of Asian Elephants/ Campaign Manager, has self-funded her witness of the rescue operation and will be broadcasting live video feed from Laos on www.facebook.com/Elephantics starting June 2 (if she can tackle the technology).  The 15-hour minimum rescue route should provide plenty of footage.

Elephanatics would like to extend huge thanks to the many people who have donated their time and funds to help make this rescue dream a reality. Special mention to Carol-Ann & Brian and their neighbours who have faithfully sent their recycling refunds in each month!

If you have any questions at all, we would love to hear from you via this page’s contact method.

Trunks of thanks,

The Elephanatics Team

P.S. Please share the elephant’s campaign on your social media  –  share this link: gf.me/u/s5wv2u

I Want A Rescued Elephant for Christmas, A Rescued Elephant is All I Want…

We have nearly raised enough money to rescue an elephant from the tourism industry and retire her to a sanctuary in Thailand. Might it be possible to do it by the end of the year?! What a great Christmas present that would be for all of us. To top up the donation bank account, Elephanatics will be gift wrapping by donation at the 35th Annual Knights Christmas Market on November 24 & 25, 2018 in Burnaby, BC.

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The Knights Christmas Market is spectacular! With over 100 vendors, live music, a bistro, raffles, 50/50 draws, baked goods, a book fair, handmade artisans and brimming cups of Christmas cheer, what more could any elf want? 100% of the gift wrapping net proceeds will go to rescuing the tourism elephant.

We are indebted to our generous sponsors Eddie’s Hang-Up Display Ltd. for donating the wrap and ribbon, and STMC Knights Christmas Market for providing us a complimentary vendor space at the market.





We are Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver. Our mission is to raise awareness of the poaching crisis in Africa and the unethical tourism trade in Asia.

We strive to educate people through various mediums of outreach. The last four years we hosted the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. This year we are hosting a burger and beer fundraiser at Library Square Public House. It’s a fun night where you can eat, drink, socialize and help save elephants!

Your ticket will include a burger, a beer and a donation. You will have the option to substitute a veggie burger (made with quinoa and brown rice) for the beef burger and a vodka or gin for the beer. 100% of the net money raised will be sent to the Mara Elephant Project in Kenya. The project uses anti-poaching rangers, the collaring and monitoring of elephants, and the separation of farmers and elephants to save and protect African elephants from extinction. There will also be a fabulous silent auction for you to bid on and some light entertainment.

Please invite your friends, family and anyone who loves elephants to help support a good cause and have a good time doing so! You will help stop the death of up to 20,000 elephants every year in Africa.

Thank you for checking us out. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Help Us Save a Tourism Elephant From Abuse

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Two of Elephanatics’ directors – Tessa Vanderkop and Leanne Fogarty – will be dressing in full elephant costume and plunging into the icy waters of English Bay on January 1! Why? To rescue an abused tourism elephant in Thailand and retire her to the Elephant Nature Park.

Please sponsor Leanne or Tessa with a donation (no amount is too small) here or here. Every cent you donate will go directly towards saving the elephant.

Come cheer us on at:
The 98th Annual Polar Bear Swim
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm
English Bay, downtown Vancouver

Curious how elephants suffer physically and mentally when made to give tourists rides? Watch this video, but if it may distress you, you may prefer to read this summary.


Please Sign Petition Below

Will we be the generation that lets elephants become extinct?

A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.

Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe.

Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of our elephants have disappeared.

In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade.

China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada?

On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species.

We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to:

1.  ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and

2.  make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal.

Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #ivoryfreecanada.


Fran Duthie
President, Elephanatics

Photo Credit – Larry Laverty



Look for us at “Bike the Night” on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 in Vancouver:https://bikehub.ca/bike-events/bike-the-night-presented-by-mec
Bike the Night Presented by MEC will start and end at Concord Pacific Place (corner of Pacific Boulevard and Carrall Street between BC Place
We are teaming up with HUB Cycling and their “Bike the Night” event. Over 5000 riders will be decorating their bikes with neon colours and celebrating Vancouver’s only official night ride on city streets with music, games, giveaways and free bike maintenance. The Elephanatics tent will be giving fluorescent temporary tattoos and body art, educating the cyclists and selling the “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” t-shirts. The pre-party starts at 6:00pm, and the ride goes from 8:00pm – 9:30pm.
Our new campaign spreads awareness of the damage suffered by elephants ridden in the tourist industry. Please ‘Ride a Bike’ to help us rescue a tourism elephant so it can retire at the Elephant Nature Park.

Elephanatics will be hosting the Annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos 2017 in Vancouver again!
Mark your calendars!
Date: Saturday September 30th, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Creekside Park – behind Science World – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7

Why Join:
Every year people in over 130 cities around the world organize events to raise awareness of the critical issues facing the African elephant and the rhino. These events serve to keep political pressure on governments to provide solutions today and in the longterm for the survival of these two species.
Every 15 minutes an elephant is poached for its ivory and every 8 hours a rhino is killed for its horn. Ivory and rhino horn are sold illegaly to markets the world over including China, Vietnam, America and many more. Without intervention these amazing wildlife will disappear in the wild within our lifetime..

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