• Don Lichterman

Zara, Tourism, Shriners, Gajraj, Botswana, Wildlife SOS, Daring Rescue in the Elephant in the Room!

Recently, a reported 275 elephant carcasses were found in Sergona, Botswana.  However, the cause of these deaths remain unknown. 

Research is currently investigating this mass die-off.  The tusks of the fallen elephants were untouched despite the elephants being found near human settlements which possibly points to an illness affecting the elephants rather than poaching.

After a long journey in the elephant ambulance Zara took her first steps of freedom in her new home at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital campus.

She’s a little anxious in her new surroundings, which isn’t unexpected. Before her rescue, Zara’s 25 years of life was dominated by fear and pain as a means of control. Now that her life has remarkably changed, Wildlife SOS doctors and caretakers are giving her the time she needs to feel safe and cared about in her new home.

Thank you for all your love, well-wishes and support that helped save this beautiful girl!

Elephants chained up in their own urine and feces, threatened with bullhooks to give rides. That's what a Lady Freethinker undercover investigation found at Mason Elephant Park & Lodge in Bali, Indonesia, just before the pandemic lockdown. The park is now reopening -- which could put people at risk of zoonotic disease! Watch the investigation video and sign the petition calling to end elephant rides and ALL human-elephant contact and reopen as a safe, humane space instead.

SIGN TO END ELEPHANT ABUSE LFT's investigator also documented workers pushing elephants' heads underwater for long periods of time and using pressurized water guns on baby elephants. One terrified baby kept desperately attempting to return to her mother. Elephants don't belong on chains! Help us send the message loud and clear.

NEW POLL: Vast Majority of Britons Want to End Cruel Elephant Tourism
An Elephant Is Trapped. Watch the Daring Rescue.

Sometimes even the biggest animals need a little help. When an Asian elephant tumbled into a manmade crater earlier this year, he couldn’t get out on his own. So conservationists came to his rescue in what Ken Sereyrotha, WCS Cambodia Country Director, called “a true team effort.” WCS staff, rangers from Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment, and community members worked in concert to help the adult male clamber back to safety.

This is just one small example of how we create a greater conservation impact: bringing people together where wildlife needs us most. That’s how we’ve helped elephant populations stabilize at key WCS sites—and how we’ll continue our urgent work for these compelling creatures. 

As we look towards World Elephant Day next week, see this amazing team take action for an elephant in trouble, and celebrate all we can do for wildlife when we pull together.

Shriners Are Key to Ending Circuses

Every year, local Shriners chapters hire abusive circuses in 120 cities and towns across the country which force elephants and other wild animals to endure lifetimes of suffering. These animals are coerced into performing hundreds of unnatural acts through fear and punishment, and have to withstand the deprivations and hardships of being caged and transported from one event to another — all simply for the purpose of making Shriners money. LEARN MORE

And, we had to say “goodbye” to our King today. For over 50 years the majestic and massive Gajraj was used as a temple elephant before coming to Wildlife SOS. In 2017 at the grand old age of 70, he found a home with us where he could get the love, pampering and medical care his aging body desperately needed.

Our hearts break with the loss of Gajraj, but we will always remember his strength and perseverance as he found the joys of simply acting like an elephant. Playing in the water. Taking dust baths. Going for walks. In those three short years with us, he was able to experience the natural behaviors he was denied in his youth. We will miss the King.

Read more about the mighty Gajraj, and watch the short 2018 film by Thomas Rowell, 'The King's Keeper.'

The Freedom Team has been critical in saving 37 elephants from a life in chains and misery, allowing them to lead a life with dignity. As a member of this team, you will be essential in saving more elephants with future rescue efforts. The Freedom Team also helps provide lifetime quality care at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre.

"Corporations Are People, My Friends."

Our companies are known for creating products that enhance people's lives. Through Sunset Corporation of America and its companies, we’re equally dedicated to improving lives.  Our commitment extends to helping local communities, fostering better educational systems, supporting the arts and culture, helping disadvantaged youth, protecting and improving the environment, animal welfare, wildlife issues and encouraging employee volunteerism.

The Sustainable Action Network (SAN), A Don Lichterman non-profit organization dedicated to building a global community raising awareness of corruption, injustice and the need for action across a full range of issues impacting people and animal/wildlife welfare around the world, such as conservation, climate change, campaign law, lobbying, government action and rescue work. SAN’s vision is to create safer world, free from political, environmental, and social oppression, where all the inhabitants of Earth can live in harmony within their own natural environments. Our commitment extends to helping local communities, fostering better educational systems, supporting the arts and culture, helping disadvantaged youth, protecting and improving the environment, animal welfare, wildlife issues and encouraging employee volunteerism.