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Annual Report

Asian Elephant Support

4764 Brookton Way, St. Louis, MO 63128, USA

The mission of Asian Elephant Support is to:

  • Provide financial support for Asian elephant projects in range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.
  • Increase awareness about the needs and future of the Asian elephant.
  • Increase awareness on the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity.
  • Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.


Please refer to the Projects section of the website for a more detailed description of the projects we support.  As specific projects are undertaken, details and timely updates will be posted, so visit our website often to receive the latest news. To receive our e-newsletter, which includes project updates, please contact us.  

Year 2016 in Review:

We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone that has supported us over the last year.  Without you, we would not have been able to accomplish our mission to support the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.  As we look forward to the opportunities in the new year, we would like to share some of our accomplishments of 2016. 

Our major accomplishments for 2016 include:

  • Facilitated US Fish & Wildlife Service grant for the development of the “Aceh Sustainable Development Caucus”
  • Sponsored the Regional Asian elephant and Tiger workshop - India
  • Funded the construction of electric fences and water wells at the elephant camp in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • Continued support for Dr. Kushal Sarma’s Elephant Health Clinics in Northern India and a healthcare visit for two Mayapur temple elephants in West Bengal, India.
  • Continued support for ElefantAsia’s mobile veterinary clinic
  • Supported the construction of an Elephant Hospital in the Bago region of Myanmar
  • Continued support for “Komunitas untuk Hutan Sumatera”
  • Supported a “Human-Elephant Mitigation” workshop in Bhutan
  •  Supported the Elephant Transit House project, “Assessing the stress levels of orphaned calves in Sri Lanka during rehabilitation and after re-introduction”, in Sri Lanka
  •  Supported Dr. Aung Myint Tun to attend the “Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management Workshop” in Thailand
  •  Facilitated funding for “EAR-D” project by Richard Lair in Thailand
  • Facilitated grant to Dr. Christopher Stremme from the Woodland Park Zoo
  • Supported “Getting Along With Elephants Workshop for Nepal: Prevention and Mitigation of Conflict Between Humans and Pachyderms"   
  • Continued support for S. Mamatha’s “Mahout Workshops” in India
  • Supported the Cambodia Wildlife Alliance Veterinary and Education Programs
  • Supported the development of the “Suan Xany: The Elephant Garden” project in Sayabouri Province, Laos
  • Continued support for the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust’s “Schools Awareness Program”

2016 is a year many of us will not forget.  We saw the loss of many great artists and experienced a one-of-a-kind election year.  So with such a tumultuous year behind us, we’d like to share with you what was made possible with your donation dollars.  Not only were we able to continue our work with many already established projects, AES was there to help in new areas too.  Dr. Sarma, Dr. Stremme, and the ERUs in Sumatra are all doing well.  We had many workshops to teach elephant veterinary care and human-elephant conflict mitigation.  The new elephant hospital in Myanmar as well as sending drought aid to Sumatra are just a couple highlights of the year.  In addition to this list you can see all of our projects at here.  The world in which elephants live is constantly changing around them.  Their habitats are continuing to shrink and poaching is always on the rise.  However right as the year ended China announced it will aim to ban the sale of ivory by the end of 2017.  More and more countries are banning the sale of ivory and other wildlife parts in an effort to mitigate the rapid loss of endangered species around the globe.  It is altogether possible for us to stop the juggernaut of the elephant population decline if we continue to work together for their sake and ours.  We at AES look forward to another year taking strides toward the preservation of Asian elephants.  Let’s make 2017 the year of conservation!


Please donate today and help us be prepared for the challenges of 2017!

    Asian Elephant Support is committed to supporting efforts that will offer positive benefits to all range state Asian elephants, whether in the wild or living under human care.  Be a part of our team and stand with us as we work for the care of today’s Asian elephants and the future of this magnificent species.  We believe that all of our efforts, along with your support, will make a real difference for this magnificent ‘other nation’ with whom we share…. and must make sure we always share…. this planet.



    We feel that our activities in the last decade of existence confirm our belief that we can fill a niche in the Asian elephant community to assist both wild and captive populations.  We believe in the importance of collaboration and teamwork between all interested parties and look forward to helping the Asian elephant make its long and difficult trek into the next century.


    Asian Elephant Support Statement of Activites

    Revenues, Gains & Other Support 2017 2016 2015
    Cash contributions $57,522.78 $138,464.00 $27,287.00
    Grant income $30,800.00 $104,700.00 $57,350.00
    Non-cash contributions $13,784.01 $14,341.00 $3,945.00
    Other $11,379.95 $7,632.00 $7,243.00
    Total revenue $113,486.74 $265,137.00 $95,825.00
    Direct expenses
    Grants to domestic individuals $3,000.00 $3,250.00 $4,972.00
    Grants to foreign individuals $55,452.00 $123,851.00 $131,097.00
    Program Services
        Medical aid $1,278.30 $5,258.00
        Education $50,550.13 $64,049.00 $5,766.00
    $51,828.43 $64,049.00 $11,024.00
    Administrative and Fundraising $22,619.60 $23,315.00 $4,508.00
    Total expenses $132,900.03 $214,465.00 $151,601.00
    Operating excess ($19,413.29) $50,672.00 ($55,776.00)
    Beginning of year $152,945.52 $101,578.00 $158,375.00
    End of year $133,532.23 $152,946.00 $101,578.00

    *Admin expenses include travel expenses for directors which they covered themselves as in-kind contributions.

    Basic Information:

    • This organization is a 501c (3) Nonprofit Organization (EIN 20-5999845).
    • Contributions are tax deductible, as provided by law.
    • Year founded: 2007. Year amended: 2009.
    • Four board members. No full or part-time employees.
    • Officers and Directors are paid no salary and are required to cover their own travel expenses when travelling on behalf of Asian Elephant Support.
    • Officers and Directors: 
    1. Linda Reifschneider, President and Treasurer
    2. April Yoder, Vice President, Development and Fundraising
    3. Vanessa Gagne, Secretary                          
    4. Barbara Davis, board member
    5. Gretchen Rumsey-Richardson, Communications Chair
    6. Sharon Glaeser, Grants Chair
    7. Richard Lair, Advisor
    8. Heidi Riddle, Advisor
    9. Bruce A. Schulte, Advisor
    10. Ellen Wiedner, Advisor

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