elephant orphanage in tanzania
Your donation will help build a sanctuary for orphaned or rescued elephants in Tanzania
The First Project for Tide for Tusks!
Tide for Tusks received email from Pratik Patel, the CEO of the African Wildlife Trust in Tanzania asking for help in building an orphanage for African elephants in Tanzania. With the slaughter of mature elephants for their ivory, young elephants are left as orphans. An elephant orphanage with mature older elephants will serve as surrogate parents, teaching the young skills for survival. The elephant orphanage will not be a zoo, but a safe haven that will help ensure the survival of the next generation of African elephants. Tide for Tusks will donate all proceeds from this project to the Elephant Orphanage in Tanzania. Using our website and social media, we will keep you up to date on the progress of this project.
Initial Project Goals:
Copy of email from African Wildlife Trust
Tide for Tusk received an email on Friday, December 5, 2014 from Pratik Patel, the CEO of the African Wildlife Trust. The following are excerpts from his message. Pratik wrote to inform us that just a few weeks ago there was a problem at a ranch where elephants were being kept near Arusha, Tanzania. It seems that a property dispute, which has been going on for several years now, came to a toll that resulted in unthinkable behavior by the Masai community. They burned the entire property to the ground.
According to Mr. Patel, more than 2,000 Masai Warriors and other members of the community “…marched onto the ranch and burnt the place down. The government sent in a unit to help restore peace within the community. I was called in at midnight to go in along with an anti-poaching response team from the wildlife department to recover the elephants.”
Patel said, “My primary job was to secure the 2 elephants that the community wanted to kill. With the help of others, we managed to rescue them and walked them 45 km to safety in Arusha National Park. That is why I am reaching out to you now. You see, our orphanage is not ready to take in elephants and we have no funds. I now have 2 elephants on my hands and no money to feed, house, or protect them.”
Pratik continues on by saying, “We need your help to raise funds for shelter and a fence to secure an area of 3 km square to hold these elephants. We are not ready. It is too soon, but we must do something. We are desperate and we need your help now. With your help, the two rescued females will become ambassadors for the young orphans that we bring in – we will sort of use them as step mums that will help introduce orphans back into the wild.”
“I have lost 60 orphans in the last 5 months,” Patel writes. “We just don't have the infrastructure to accommodate them. The fence alone is very expensive, and we need a truck to mobilize our VET team and transport the elephants. Please watch our video at the African Wildlife Trust website. Please do whatever you can to help raise money for these elephants. Thank you!”
An elephant will receive a hug in your name for each $5 donation.
Each $50 donor will receive a photo through email of an elephant receiving a hug in your name.
Each $250 donor will receive a photo through email of an elephant receiving a hug in your name and a T-shirt in your size. Your name will be listed on our website (if you agree).
Each $1000 donor will receive a photo through email of an elephant receiving a hug in your name, a T-shirt in your size and your name on the donor wall at the elephant orphanage in Tanzania. Your name will be listed on our website (if you agree).
With a $100,000 donation, you will receive the right to name an elephant at the Elephant Orphanage in Tanzania, and supply a radio monitor for at the orphanage and when they are released into the bush. If you are interested in this donation level, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are many ways you can become involved with the Elephant Orphanage project in Tanzania. If you would like to leave a legacy and have the Elephant Orphanage named after yourself or a loved one, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.