This past October, AES board members Linda and Vanessa attended the 30th annual Elephant Manager's Association (EMA) conference in Miami, FL. We enjoyed two days of papers about all things elephant, with president Linda presenting on the last day covering our project updates. Zoo day was spent at the luscious Miami Zoo and one would think it is half botanical garden with all the gorgeous blooms everywhere, even in mid-October. That evening at the awards ceremony Linda won a cash raffle and donated the proceeds right back to AES.
Every year we are thankful to meet new people, see old friends, and catch up with colleagues regarding range country news. Anabel from the ECC in Sayaboury attended and presented so we were able to chat with her about their progress and elephants in person. Many of our supporters are members of the elephant community here and were also in attendance.
On to Denver next year to see their bachelor Asian elephant herd in the Mile High city!