Support Asian Elephant Conservation with Holiday Gifts that Give Back

The holiday season is upon us! As you start your holiday shopping, consider giving a unique gift that gives back.

From notebooks and weekend totes to performance shirts and cozy blankets, our Elephant Store has the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Best of all, your purchase will directly support our work to protect endangered Asian elephants and their habitats.

Read on to get inspired with our 2020 holiday gift guide.

For the Wildlife Lover…

Symbolically adopt a wild Asian elephant with our Elephant Adoption Kit. Each animal available for adoption represents a real individual from the population in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. Adopters receive a Certificate of Adoption, exclusive information and updates about the elephant, and the option to add an adorable plush. 

For the Student…

Whether students are back in school or participating in remote learning, they all need a notebook. The cover of this lined spiral notebook features a beautiful painting of an elephant in a forest. It’s perfect for class notes, and your student will feel inspired every time they look at it – especially if they are learning about wildlife or nature! 

For the Cute Baby…

Just like human babies, elephant calves are known to get a little dirty. This soft baby bodysuit features a picture of a muddy elephant calf with the words, “Rub my tummy and say you love me.” Does it get any cuter than that? 

For the Tech Lover…

A smartphone case is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list. This case is available in various sizes to fit both iPhone and Galaxy models, and features a variety of colors and designs. 

For the Cozy Homebody…

2020 is the year of working from home. This means that formal office clothes have been pushed to the back of the closet and replaced with more comfortable options, like this french terry pullover – cozy and cute! 

For the Traveler…

Any traveler knows how useful a zippered pouch can be. It helps organize everything from electronics to toiletries. The Elephant Store also has tote bags, weekender bags, and even laundry bags for all travel needs.

For the Coffee Lover…

We all know that person who can’t get through the day without a cup of coffee…or three. You can’t go wrong with a mug! This coffee mug is printed with a Asian elephant alongside a philosophical quote, “I think…therefore I must exist.” The Elephant Store also has travel mugs for those always on the go. 

For the Fitness Junkie…

A muscle tank is versatile enough to be worn jogging, biking, or doing yoga. And let’s be real, a picture of an elephant makes any workout more enjoyable! 

Elephants are more than just cute and cuddly animals. They are ecosystem engineers and key players in our environment, with important roles like dispersing and fertilizing seeds and creating micro-habitats for smaller species like insects and amphibians. Needless to say, Asian elephants are definitely on the “nice list”! Help protect these endangered animals by shopping for gifts that give back

If you’re shopping for other gifts on Amazon, don’t forget to shop through Amazon Smile and designate us as your preferred charity to make a donation to our nonprofit organization at zero cost to you!  

Happy holidays from all of us at Trunks & Leaves! 

Bees are Helping Thailand’s Elephants and Farmers to Peacefully Coexist – Bee Fences in Asia Part 2

A new study brings hope for reducing conflicts between elephants and farmers in Thailand

Guest post by Antoinette van de Water

Beehive fences in Thailand. Photo: BTEH

Kaeng Hang Maeo district in Eastern Thailand is in an area of high human-elephant conflict. A herd of about 70–80 elephants lives between the protected areas and agricultural land, causing damage to crops almost on a nightly basis. Over four years ago, Bring The Elephant Home (BTEH) and the Phuluang Wildlife Research Station started a joint project to evaluate the effectiveness of beehive fences in deterring Asian elephants, under supervision of Dr. Lucy King. We set up a pilot beehive fence around a subsistence farm surrounded by elephant habitat and installed camera-traps to record the elephants’ reactions to the bees, which belong the species Apis mellifera, or European honeybee.

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Responsible Tourism & Ethical Elephant Experiences

Mother and calf - ethical tourismOn World Elephant Day, Trunks & Leaves is challenging travelers and travel companies alike to commit to responsible tourism practices when it comes to viewing and interacting with Asian elephants.

 For the first time in recent history, the world has slowed down, the travel industry is on hold, and humankind has a chance to reflect on the way we’re doing things and how we can improve in the future – for both humans and wildlife.

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