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Human Elephant Learning Programs

Contact

Name: Ben Fulton-Gillon

Position: Vice Chair

Email: admin@h-elp.org

Address

730 Clonbinane Rd

Clonbinane

Australia 3658

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Our Mission / Objective

The Human Elephant Learning Programs (the H-ELP Foundation)  is an Australian organisation working to improve working elephant welfare via the systematic application of humane, evidence-based training initiatives, education, engagement with local communities and relevant stakeholders.

Through our programs, the H-ELP Foundation contributes to the development, welfare and safety of elephant handlers and trainers across India, Thailand and Myanmar

Founded by Dr. Andrew McLean in 2010, the H-ELP Foundation has grown significantly as his work in elephant training is recognised as an alternative to traditional submission based methods. The remaining foundation members of the H-ELP Foundation also have similar professional interests.

In 2014, H-ELP Foundation published their Manual “Elephant Friendly Training for Working Elephants” which has since been translated into Assamese, Malayalam, Thai and Burmese. It has received a positive reception in India which has led to its further development and translation.

 

Andrew Congratulates Mahouts

Projects in Progress

We currently have 5 major programs operating:

Human Elephant Learning Programs

Kerala, is one of the major hubs of Indian elephant training with a rich history of using elephants for logging and for religious festivals and ceremonies.
We work with the Neyyar Dam Elephant Sanctuary’s where the elephants are generally orphaned or injured elephants that are simply unable to be re-introduced into the wild without a herd.
We love the atmosphere of southern India. The trainers have a vastly different method here which is adapted to their environment.

Manas National Park, borders with Bhutan along the banks of the mighty Manas River. It’s incredibly diverse National Park that has a plethora of birdlife and big cats including Tigers, Leopards (black and spotted) and they now have a Rhino reintroduction program that has seen over 20 Rhino successfully re-introduced to the wild.

Our work here is with the park guards and mahouts that patrol the park on elephants keeping a presence to ward off poachers, for census measures counting the wildlife and as general transport to reduce the requirement for roads and bridges within the park.

Kaziranga, is home to the world’s most successful Rhino conservation program and one of India’s most incredible natural assets.

With and initial population of 280 Rhino, the park’s Rhino population today is over 3000 individuals and growing. Rhinos from this park that have been (for whatever reason) hand reared are being re-introduced to other national parks, namely Manas National Park.

Our work here is primarily with the park mahouts and guards, ensuring they can continue to monitor and protect the Rhino from poaching.
The ability to maintain constant close surveillance on this national park is a large reason behind the success of their conservation efforts.

In Bago, Myanmar, The Government company Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) has the world’s largest privately owned population of Asian elephants with an approximate population of around 3000 captive elephants. MTE has used their enormous herd for the companies logging operations with the terrain being too extreme for regular machinery based operations.

MTE have engaged with HELP to develop sustainable and welfare centric methods of working with their elephants.

Thailand, has the world’s biggest “Elephant Tourism” industry. People come from all over the world for experiences with these incredibly gentle and

With the translation of our book “Elephant Friendly Training for Working Elephants” into the Thai language, our work has been supported by the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC). This involves working with the Royal Stable and the Thai Elephant Institute (TEI). The aim of TEI this is to develop elephant conservation in a sustainable way and preserve local traditions.

Our work here is around the early training of elephants and the reformation of traditional aspects of existing techniques based on submission.

Our People

CEO

Andrew McLean, Chairperson

Names of Board Members

Dr. Andrew McLean

Dr.Portland Jones

Nicki Stuart

Marlee Horobin

Alexander Lilley

Ben Fulton-Gillon

Number of Volunteers

All of us

Registration Information

ABN

46147088757

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Putting the H-ELP Foundation in your will or leaving a bequest is one of the most generous gestures we encounter.

Our founders personally handle these occasions and will arrange a meeting once you have let us know of your intention.

General Donations

In the beginning, back in 2010, H-ELP Foundation founders along with Christine Townend funded every workshop and every program out of their own pockets.
But over the years as our organisation has grown and spread the job simply couldn’t be achieved as it was, one elephant at a time.
It is now estimated that half of the entire Asian Elephant species is now in captivity, and demand for our help far outstrips our capacity to supply it, so we function off the generous donations of those that believe in our people and our work.

Look around the site, see what we’re and about and if you wish to, you can contribute here and allow our organisation to grow and reach more elephants.

Donations to our cause are the only reason we can actually keep doing what we do.

Donate to the HELP Foundation LTD

 

Work with us

We’re a purely volunteer based organisation.

Many of our roles require specific professional skills, but we are growing and always on the look out for people that want to contribute their skills.

 

 

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The Human Elephant Learning Programs (the H-ELP Foundation)  is an Australian organisation working to improve working elephant welfare via the systematic application of humane, evidence-based training initiatives, education, engagement with local communities and relevant stakeholders.

Through our programs, the H-ELP Foundation contributes to the development, welfare and safety of elephant handlers and trainers across India, Thailand and Myanmar

Founded by Dr. Andrew McLean in 2010, the H-ELP Foundation has grown significantly as his work in elephant training is recognised as an alternative to traditional submission based methods. The remaining foundation members of the H-ELP Foundation also have similar professional interests.

In 2014, H-ELP Foundation published their Manual “Elephant Friendly Training for Working Elephants” which has since been translated into Assamese, Malayalam, Thai and Burmese. It has received a positive reception in India which has led to its further development and translation.

 

Andrew Congratulates Mahouts

Projects in Progress

We currently have 5 major programs operating:

Human Elephant Learning Programs

Kerala, is one of the major hubs of Indian elephant training with a rich history of using elephants for logging and for religious festivals and ceremonies.
We work with the Neyyar Dam Elephant Sanctuary’s where the elephants are generally orphaned or injured elephants that are simply unable to be re-introduced into the wild without a herd.
We love the atmosphere of southern India. The trainers have a vastly different method here which is adapted to their environment.

Manas National Park, borders with Bhutan along the banks of the mighty Manas River. It’s incredibly diverse National Park that has a plethora of birdlife and big cats including Tigers, Leopards (black and spotted) and they now have a Rhino reintroduction program that has seen over 20 Rhino successfully re-introduced to the wild.

Our work here is with the park guards and mahouts that patrol the park on elephants keeping a presence to ward off poachers, for census measures counting the wildlife and as general transport to reduce the requirement for roads and bridges within the park.

Kaziranga, is home to the world’s most successful Rhino conservation program and one of India’s most incredible natural assets.

With and initial population of 280 Rhino, the park’s Rhino population today is over 3000 individuals and growing. Rhinos from this park that have been (for whatever reason) hand reared are being re-introduced to other national parks, namely Manas National Park.

Our work here is primarily with the park mahouts and guards, ensuring they can continue to monitor and protect the Rhino from poaching.
The ability to maintain constant close surveillance on this national park is a large reason behind the success of their conservation efforts.

In Bago, Myanmar, The Government company Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) has the world’s largest privately owned population of Asian elephants with an approximate population of around 3000 captive elephants. MTE has used their enormous herd for the companies logging operations with the terrain being too extreme for regular machinery based operations.

MTE have engaged with HELP to develop sustainable and welfare centric methods of working with their elephants.

Thailand, has the world’s biggest “Elephant Tourism” industry. People come from all over the world for experiences with these incredibly gentle and

With the translation of our book “Elephant Friendly Training for Working Elephants” into the Thai language, our work has been supported by the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC). This involves working with the Royal Stable and the Thai Elephant Institute (TEI). The aim of TEI this is to develop elephant conservation in a sustainable way and preserve local traditions.

Our work here is around the early training of elephants and the reformation of traditional aspects of existing techniques based on submission.

Our People

CEO

Andrew McLean, Chairperson

Names of Board Members

Dr. Andrew McLean

Dr.Portland Jones

Nicki Stuart

Marlee Horobin

Alexander Lilley

Ben Fulton-Gillon

Number of Volunteers

All of us

Registration Information

ABN

46147088757

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Putting the H-ELP Foundation in your will or leaving a bequest is one of the most generous gestures we encounter.

Our founders personally handle these occasions and will arrange a meeting once you have let us know of your intention.

General Donations

In the beginning, back in 2010, H-ELP Foundation founders along with Christine Townend funded every workshop and every program out of their own pockets.
But over the years as our organisation has grown and spread the job simply couldn’t be achieved as it was, one elephant at a time.
It is now estimated that half of the entire Asian Elephant species is now in captivity, and demand for our help far outstrips our capacity to supply it, so we function off the generous donations of those that believe in our people and our work.

Look around the site, see what we’re and about and if you wish to, you can contribute here and allow our organisation to grow and reach more elephants.

Donations to our cause are the only reason we can actually keep doing what we do.

Donate to the HELP Foundation LTD

 

Work with us

We’re a purely volunteer based organisation.

Many of our roles require specific professional skills, but we are growing and always on the look out for people that want to contribute their skills.

 

 

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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