#LIVE on #JaneUnChained in SEAsia at Green Hill Valley elephant reserve, Elysabeth Alfano of Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano Podcast/Vlog reporting. There are only 35,000 Asian elephants left in the world and most are in captivity. As explained to me by the guides at Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp which cares for eight retired elephants from the timber trade, they can Eat up to $6-7K worth of food daily and need 20-22 acres of land per elephant.
The elephants at this sanctuary are rescues from the timber trade, which has been outlawed through most of Asia. These animals hauled timber for these companies and when they were required to shut down, the elephants had to be placed somewhere. Asian elephants differ from African elephants because they are smaller, with larger brains, and more nimble due to their anatomy to their shape. This is why they are described as “small and crafty.” Sanctuaries like Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp make it possible for people to visit these giant pachyderms without causing them harm. We hope that places like this sanctuary will help conserve the lives of elephants so future generations can enjoy them too
Photo courtesy of Elysabeth Alfano.
Video work by Elysabeth’s boyfriend Ken.
Report edited by Ellen Dent.
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