Please Support Elephant Welfare in Vietnam!

Erin Ivory, the NC Zoo's Elephant Manager, visits Vietnam frequently to promote elephant welfare and conservation. Last year, she was key to saving the lives of the two orphans, Jun and Gold, rescued by the Elephant Conservation Center. Her success with these calves inspired their caretakers to learn, and begin relying exclusively, on positive rewards to manage these youngsters and other Center elephants.

In Vietnam, she advocates to improve the welfare of privately-owned elephants in the logging and tourist industries; teaches workshops on humane, positive training methods; works with the national government on long-range conservation plans; and cooperates with a network of experts who provide training, welfare outreach, veterinary, and other services to Vietnam's elephants.Your donation will help ensure that her work can continue without interruption.

Original 12"x14" acrylic-on-canvas painting by Jun.

Donate $150 or more by December 20th, and we will add your name to a drawing to win an original acrylic-on-canvas painting by Jun, one of the calves Erin helped save. The painting depicts an exact replica of prints left behind by Jun's trunk and one of his hind feet.

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PS: You can read more about Erin Ivory and her work in Vietnam in the Fall 2016 Alive feature article Helping Wildlife Around the World and in the Fall 2017 Alive, Undate on the Zoo's Asian Elephant Work.

Erin Ivory with "Gold," one of the elephants protected
at Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center