By now you probably know that 10% of our profits go back to our ellies in Sri Lanka. So they can be taken care of properly. But you might be wondering where the money goes to. We decided to write down some of the Elephant expenses so you’ll have a better idea of what it is that you are supporting!
This one’s obvious right? Elephants eat, a lot! And this obviously costs a lot of money. Apart from the food itself also the transport that comes multiple times a week for the food to be dropped off needs to be payed. Wondering what elephants eat to begin with? Check out this article.
Medicine and supplements
Because captive elephants don’t get all the minerals and vitamins that they would get in the wild, they are given supplements (you can read more about that right here). Some of the elephants also require extra medicine when they deal with an infection or illness.
A.k.a. the caretaker of the elephant. They take care of one dedicated elephant for mostly 365 days a year and guess what: they need to get payed! Mahouts often look at their elephant as one of their own children. Not that strange because they probably see their elephants more than their kids tbh…
The elephants that are at the organization we support are not actually owned by them. They pay the owners of the elephants and basically rent them. In this way the organization has the chance to give the elephants a better life then the owner would have probably given them.
The organization is constantly trying to upgrade the area where the elephants live. With “enrichments” we mean stuff like placing hollow trees with food hidden in there, creating a better free roaming area etc.
As you can see Elephants come with a lot of costs and these are only a few of the expenses that we have covered today. Let us knowifyou have questions about any of this? And want to help? Check out our collection of Elephant poo paper products and help us help the ellies!