A note from BEES

Written by Em. Posted in bees blog

BEES Friends,

Thank you all so much for your patience, it’s been a very busy time here…. When are we ever NOT busy BEES?? :) ….. The rain is bringing back all the gorgeous lush greenery for the elephants to enjoy, as well as lots of glorious mud! The perfect time of year to be with elephants enjoying them at their very best! With the rain also brings a lot of power failures, floods and landslides making it even more difficult to get onto the already slow internet connection here in rural Thailand!

Mae Kam has a splash down at the Maechaem river

Mae Kam enjoys a splash down at the Maechaem river

Sad News and an update on the rescues at BEES:
It is always with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of one of our dear animals. It’s always so hard to find the words to speak when we lose an animal that is so close to our hearts. It’s also always hard to accept that they are really gone. With a very heavy heart we bring the news of our darling disabled dog Kao’s passing. Kao took a bad turn in the early hours of the evening on Saturday night, 5th July and passed away suddenly. We are all in shock and completely devastated, he was doing so well and was learning to trust again after he had been badly beaten and horribly abused in the village he lived in previously, leaving him with spinal trauma and no feeling from the waist down. He was so strong and determined, he loved his mobility wheels and getting rubs around his ears and head because he couldn’t scratch himself. We all loved him so much and will miss him dearly. We held a little burial and memorial for Kao to pay our respects to our amazing little boy. Love you always and forever Kao. R.I.P and forever run the hills of green in the meadows of puppy dog heaven, send all our love to all our beloved doggie friends who we miss dearly also. Thank you for being such a special part of our lives.

R.I.P Our darling sweet boy Kao

R.I.P Our darling sweet boy Kao. This is were we buried our sweet boy. We’ll miss him dearly!

R.I.P Kao, love always and forever! <3

R.I.P Kao, love always and forever!

Tiny ginger kitten ‘Ginnie’ rescued back in June is doing alright she was recently suffering from diarrhea, which now cleared up and was most likely caused due to having to have a supplemental diet, at this age she should still be on her mother’s milk, her badly infected paw she was suffering from when she arrived, was treated with antibiotics and cleaned daily and has healed and is no longer causing any discomfort.

Our gorgeous disabled girl Mollie is doing extremely well! She is now at a point where she is taking steps and holding herself up a lot longer! Mollie is walking! Although when very tired she still drags and sometimes gets her legs twisted, our darling Mollie is taking steps! How AWESOME! Mollies strength and determination to pull through has just been so heartwarming, when we found Mollie a little over a year ago, she had been dumped in the river during a big rain, its believed her previous owner thought the river would flood and she would have drowned. Thank fully Burm’s uncle was working on his farm when he heard heart wrenching screams and yelps, he tried to approach her, but cold and frightened she dragged her damaged little body away from him. He couldn’t leave her like that so he came to alert us of the poor little pups fate if we didn’t act quickly. We assembled our little team and searched into the night, at around 9pm we found her cold, wet and frightened covered in ants, we thought she wouldn’t make it! After getting her to the vets as soon as we could, a long 3 hours drive away, X-rays confirmed she had a broken rib, severe swelling and inflammation around her spine, it was suspected spinal cord trauma and the vets said it was likely she would never walk again. We have NEVER given up hope and although it took several months before we saw improvements Mollie has be going from strength to strength and we are so proud of her. Go Mollie!

Rescued dogs of BEES run and play on a walk in the jungle

Rescued dogs of BEES run and play on a walk in the jungle

All the other rescues are doing very well. Diana’s litter of kittens and Tigger’s little of kittens are doing very well growing big and strong. We have introduced the two litters together and they are getting along very well with each other and love to run and play. It won’t be long before they are old enough for sterilization and we will bring them in to Chiang Mai to have it done or organize for the vets to come out to BEES again.

Cheeky kitten Leo

Cheeky kitten Leo exploring the gardens at BEES

The elephants of Thailand need our help now! We MUST come together to help create a positive and sustainable future for the elephants.

Update on privately owned elephants Kham Mee and Baby Boon who need medical care, rest and recuperation:
In the last BLOG we wrote about privately owned elephants, Kham Mee and Baby Boon, a mother elephant and her baby that need medical care, rest and recuperation and we would like to move them to BEES temporarily. We can’t travel 65+km daily to provide the care they need at this time. The owner has contacted BEES to ask if we can help, he is very concerned that Baby Boon’s terribly inflamed eye will go blind if he doesn’t get proper care and daily treatments; he also has concerns for Baby Boon’s mother who is very tired and has uncomfortable and very damaged feet. Health concerns are a big welfare issue for these elephants and returning them to work greatly affect their chances of a good recovery.

Dr. Sak from TECC kindly made the big trip out to assess the health and well being of Kham Mee and Baby Boon. It’s been agreed the best thing for them both is to have some time in a quiet place to rest and recuperate where the eye can be treated and monitored and Kham Mee can rest and have some time of freedom so that more serious health issues don’t arise in the near future. Its certain more severe health issues will arise if she is kept in the stressful situation they are in, they both need a good rest. The vets have given anti-biotic drops for baby Boon’s eye and we are currently building an enclosure for Kham Mee and Baby Boon at BEES so they can receive the care and treatment they need here onsite.

The new enclosure is taking shape

The treatment area and enclosure is taking shape

It’s important for everyone to understand that at this stage if all goes to plan and they are come to BEES it will be on REST and this is NOT permanent. Ideally we hope that Kham Mee and Baby Boon never have to leave but the reality is we do not own or have control over these elephants. We hope that we can secure a long term agreement in the future but the most critical thing to achieve now is getting these elephants the help they need. We feel we can’t walk away from this situation, and we can’t travel the 65+ KM per day to provide treatments for baby Boon in his village until the eye has properly healed, it’s just not possible. The best thing to do is to move them on rest and recuperation so that if and when the time comes that they have to leave that they are strong enough to go and won’t have even more severe health issues in the near future.

After having endless discussion with the owner we have now got a time and date for the elephants to move to BEES and have agreed upon a rental period of one year with the hopes of being able to secure a longer term agreement in the future. All going to plan Kham Mee and Baby Boon will move to BEES during the week of the 14th July to receive the rest and care they need.


Baby Boon and Kham Mee on the edge of a road nearby the village forest they are chained in

Baby Boon with his sore left eye beside his mother Kham Mee. Note: This picture is not taken at BEES Elephant Sanctuary

Renting over buying elephants:
We have said it many times before and feel the need to put it out in the world again. We found that when other organizations buy elephants it can mean that the funds handed to the owner are then used to purchase another elephant, usually a calf that then gets ripped from its mother at a young age, broken in and forced into work. We are very careful not to contribute to further elephant trade, exploitation and abuse. It doesn’t mean that BEES will never buy an elephant, but we have seen and learnt from the consequences and problems that arise when it comes to making purchases of elephants in Thailand without having proper knowledge, care or experience. At BEES all we want to do is ensure positive change for the future and not fund further exploitation and abuse. By renting elephants it means we are providing an alternative for the elephant and their owner. The elephant can get the rest and care they need and a chance to enjoy freedom and the owner can still make an income to provide for his family. WIN-WIN

Chains: Why do elephants need to be chained?

It’s simple for generations there has been no other choice and their carers have known no other way! In trekking camps, Sanctuaries, Parks, Reserves, Conservation Centers nearly all elephants are chained to keep them safe and out of trouble. A mahout cannot safely leave an elephants side without securing his elephant. It wasn’t until recently that the movement of going completely chain-free for the elephants came about. If elephants aren’t going to be chained they need fencing or corrals built to keep them in and safe, otherwise they will raid people’s crops, damage houses and put themselves in danger of being injured or killed because they don’t understand destroying a farm land, can result in owners of damaged crops becoming very angry and causing harm to the elephants. At BEES we 100% support the movement to go chain-free, but fencing and corrals are highly expensive and due to lack of funding and support we are not yet able to make our dream of removing chains 24/7 for our elephants a reality. The elephants still need to be safely secured in the evenings to ensure their safety and the safety of surrounding villagers. During the day they roam freely until the late hours of the afternoon, roaming around in the jungle and by night they are secured so they are safe.

Please join us and help us raise awareness of our project and what we are trying to achieve so we can make all our dreams for the captive elephants a reality. By working together as a global community standing united for the elephants, we can do this!

If you would like to make a donation or sponsorship to support our work, you can donate via bank transfer to Thai or Australian Bank


ACCT #: 419 2 35661 5
LOCATION: 45 Moo 4 Charoenniran , Amphur Maechaem, Tambon Chang Keung, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50270


BSB: 082-146
ACCT#: 848647725.
SWIFT code: AAU3303M
LOCATION: 690 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale 2100 NSW Australia.


Trumpets from the elephants in thanks for your support!

Mae Kam has a lovely soak in the river and says: Thanks for your kind support!

 Thank you all so much for your kind support! Together we CAN and will BE the change, to work towards a brighter future for as many elephants and animals as possible! Our work here will never be done and this is just the beginning!

Kind Regards,

The BEES Team x


A note from BEES

Written by Em. Posted in bees blog

BEES Friends,

We are very sorry for the lack of blogs lately it has been a very busy time on the sanctuary and with very limited internet access it can be very difficult to find the time to post, let alone to find the time to write a blog. Where to begin?! It has been a while since we blogged, there is a lot to share!

We have had a very busy time lately with new volunteers, animal rescues, animals passing away, community projects, the abandoned temple cats project, a sick elephant, the arrival of the new truck, sick staff, celebrating our 2 years with Mae Kam, 2 years since BEES retired their very first elephant and the possibility of more elephants coming to join BEES and spend their days enjoying the forest.

Our darling rescued pup Bear passed away suddenly on the 13th May, he was found resting peacefully behind the tortoise house never to be woken again. R.I.P Darling Boy, We miss you each and every day, you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.

In memory of our beautiful boy Bear we have created the BEARS- Cat and Dog Home and Clinic facebook page so that we can give the animals the best possible care and be able to provide regular checkups, we will never know what took our little boy but we can prevent things like this from happening again if we have the resources. BEARS is named after Bear but also stands for (Burm and Emily’s Animal Rescue and Shelter). We plan to secure land, build a cat and dog shelter and build a small clinic onsite, in the future we have dreams to build an animal hospital in Maechaem which will provide high-scale support to all animals within the local community, we can provide employment for local people, provide immediate medical care as needed, health checks and the big one….. you guessed it, population control through sterilization! With your help these dreams can become reality and we could be providing assistance to animals all over the district of Maechaem.

Happy Dances for Pooh:

A lot of you would have seen our poor old girl Mae Jumpee got extremely ill last month, on Saturday 17th May she started to go off her food, she would not eat, was drinking very small amounts of water and was unable to defecate. The BEES Team worked tirelessly to get our darling old girl well again, performing enema’s and giving natural laxatives, but due to not being able to find the blockage and time slipping away we had to act fast and call in the vets from TECC as Mae Jumpee was growing weaker, we feared she was losing the strength to pull through. It was difficult to reach the vets on the Sunday but luckily they were all back to work on Monday morning and after making the call, the vets made their way to BEES and arrived Monday afternoon. As soon as they arrived they assessed her and performed an enema this time finding soil and finding that it was part of the cause of the blockage, they administered IV fluids, metabolism stimulators, vitamins/minerals and anti-inflammatories and then they advised to wait and see what the morning brings. If nothing we would need to move her to the elephant hospital in Lampang so they could monitor her and continue to give IV Fluids. The vets so kindly stayed with us to monitor her throughout the night and in the morning when we found no pooh, they performed another enema finding more soil, administered more IV fluids and medicines and advised to call for the elephant transfer truck. Burm was incredible with getting everything organized with the local government office to get the transfer papers done and organized for the truck to come to move our darling old girl. All that we could think about was our sweet old girl and just kept hoping we could get her to the hospital safely without her collapsing, when an elephant is exhausted and falls down it can be very difficult to get them back up again. Thankfully, the amazing and fast work of the veterinarians at TECC having administered IV Fluids on and off for 12 hours before, gave her the strength she needed to travel the long journey to Lampang. Our incredible elephant truck driver Mr Wimon got her there in record timing! He is known all over Thailand for his fast response and great care when driving elephants. Our wonderful mahout Aner accompanied Mae Jumpee to the hospital where he stayed by her side until she was ready to come home. We reached the hospital in late afternoon on Tuesday and where met by the vets who immediately swung into action. Administering further IV Fluids, Metabolism stimulators, vitamin and mineral supplements and anti inflammatories. Performing another enema, flushing deep into the rectum with water and finding more soil they just kept monitoring her until the blockage felt like it had moved through enough to be in arms reach. The vets at TECC were amazing, by Wednesday mid-morning Mae Jumpee’s body had been strong enough to move the blockage through the rectum and was within arm’s reach, the TECC vets and mahout staff performed another enema, finally grabbing hold of the start of the blockage which consisted of very dry grass and soil, they worked tirelessly to remove as much as possible to help her to defecate on her own again. After removing approx.. 20kg of grass and soil, she was then able to pass her pooh on her own and successfully did so in the afternoon on the Wednesday! She is such a strong and determined old lady and she took everything with great patience. Mae Jumpee spent 6 days in total at TECC and continued to received post treatment at the hospital to help her gain her strength back, she returned home on Sunday 25th May and has been receiving daily medications to help her body to heal. Mae Kam had missed her so much and their reunion was just beautiful a snipit was shared on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFMBI4pfEZE



Mae Kam enjoying just being an elephant!


BEES celebrates 2 years with elephants and 2 years retirement for Mae Kam:

What an incredible journey it has been. There have been good times and bad, tears of joy and great sadness, the animal cruelty can be beyond words and so heartbreaking, we still today face huge struggles due to lack of funding and support, in the beginning we had great troubles with staff coming and going making it very difficult to move forward, friends came and went, now we have wonderful friends and supporters who have come together and are helping us to create something special for more elephants to enjoy, we now have our own beautiful little network of people and are building great relationships with our staff and local community. When we first started BEES the local people had their concerns about freeing the elephants in the local area and thought that it would be very dangerous and were afraid that they would be in danger, because they had images of running into elephants on the loose. It was only until they saw with their own eyes when bringing the elephants to live here and have the ability to be elephants that they began to have understanding of what we were trying to achieve. Each and every day we grow stronger because of the care and support from our local community and of course our global supporters, we are developing more and more projects all the time to involve the local community and help develop the local area, we couldn’t have come so far without the support of our beautiful community. By working together with the community it benefits everyone involved, most importantly the elephants. It’s a Win-Win situation working towards positive change!

In the beginning we also faced many issues with mahouts (elephant carers) they had all been trained with abusive techniques in managing elephants and would not listen to new ideas and modern ways of care. One after the other they either left or we had to ask them to leave because they just didn’t understand the idea of what it meant to treat elephants with love, care and respect and no longer force them to work! They were mostly men that had been trained by their fathers and grandfathers’; carrying out the role they were born into and they had learned no other way. It’s hard to break the mind set of people when it’s all they have ever known.

Where we are at today is not ideal and far from perfect, we continue to learn and improve with every new day, we have managed to find Pong a helper and assistant carer and our main mahout Aner, who has made a huge transformation from the man he was and the man he is now. Beyond the whisky drinking, cranky man, was a man that no one had ever seen, a kind and gentle heart, with a very sad story and a very broken life. Aner came to us when he was lost in his life and had spent most of his days drowning his sorrows in whisky. When he came to BEES he was able to figure out what he wanted in life, after being ripped from his family at the age of 13 and forced into the Burmese military he fled Burma with his friend to create a new life in Thailand, luckily he landed in the hands of a very nice Thai government official who took him in, got him registered as a Non-Thai Immigrant so that he was legally allowed to live here in Thailand and treated him like his son. One day whilst out looking for work he found himself with an elephant, they intrigued him and that’s when he decided he wanted to spend his life working with elephants, he spent his time training with men that knew no other way of life but ‘working’ elephants. Even though he had found work, Aner’s life was troubling him and he wasn’t sure what he wanted do in life and why he wanted to live any longer, so he turned to drinking. Aner’s story is heartbreaking and he spent a lot of time thinking about his family back in Burma and has never really healed from his ordeal. When we heard his story we had to give him a chance and really wanted to help him. After 3 months at BEES he had managed to control his drinking, was starting to work as a member of the team and began to feel accepted in our little family. He went from a cranky drunk to a kind and caring man, who works very hard and has really made a life for himself. Back in January he invited Cherry his new love in life, a lovely woman who also has a very sad life story, to come and live with him at BEES, Cherry already has children, he had met her and fallen in love with her back in November last year when he was visiting his Thai family in the North, they are now expecting a baby together who will be arriving into the world inthe next few weeks. Aner has been with us for over a year now and has really changed massively, already he has started a little family, got his life on track and has taken on the role of being a great carer of the elephants and being a father to Cherry’s Kids. We are so happy for him, he continues to learn and improve every day and tries his best to meet the needs of the elephants, he now has a great understanding of what it is we are trying to achieve and has been very supportive in the work that we do.


Wow… Has it really been two whole years since Mae Kam’s retirement!!!

We have learnt so much in the two years since retiring our very first elephant, the beautiful Miss Mae Kam. One thing we have learnt is to not easily trust people or let people with power try to dictate the way you work to help the elephants because it seems some people have personal agendas and huge ego’s that stand in the way of positive change, another is that the only way to truly move forward is to do everything you can to better the situation in Thailand and not make it worse. By working together with people/organizations who put the welfare of elephants and animals first is the only way to move forward. We have found that when other organizations buy elephants it can mean that the funds are used to purchase another elephant, usually a calf that then gets ripped from its mother at a young age and forced into work. We are very careful not to contribute to further trade, it doesn’t mean that BEES will never buy an elephant but we have seen and learnt from other peoples mistakes and the consequences when it comes to making purchases of elephants in Thailand without doing their homework first, all we want to do is ensure positive change for the future and not fund further exploitation and abuse. It is only through EDUCATION and providing alternatives for elephants and their owners that we can make change! Currently there are 4,000+ registered captive elephants in Thailand, most of which are suffering from overwork, abuse and exploitation, working for tourism and entertainment. The people that own these elephants know no other way, this has been their way of life, income and sustenance for 100’s of generations. Since retiring Mae Kam we can see huge changes in her, Mae Kam was a sad and overworked elephant, she no longer wanted to work and shook tourists off her back, resulting in her being beaten badly with nails in bamboo sticks, she now has large scared bumps and welts around her bottom, scars that tell a very sad story of an elephant, that all she wanted was her freedom, to be an elephant! Her owner moved her out of camps and back to a small patch of forest above his farm land where he kept her for nearly two years, with no other elephant contact, just the comfort of a chain and food, he felt he had no choice, if he were to keep her in the camps he thought that she would be beaten so badly that she would give up. Keeping her out of work proved to be very difficult because he had a lot less of an income and he spent most of his time working long and hard days on his farm to make more money to survive and had very little time to give to his elephant, he had to work harder to provide for his family. There is no doubt in our minds he cared for his elephant which is why he moved her from the camps in the first place. He had no other choice but to keep her home, he had nowhere for her to go that he thought she would be safe. Then BEES came into the picture and he had an alternative, he needed help with earning an extra income so that he didn’t have to continue the back breaking work, on his own working on his farm to provide for his family. After joining bees his elephant is now safe, she lives a happy life spending her days just being an elephant and has the ability to interact with her own kind, her owner Panuu is paid rent by BEES and is now able to afford to hire workers to help him on the farm. Now, both the elephant and the owner live a better life.

From little things big things grow!

We need your help to help BEES grow and build to its full potential providing a home to many more elephants to come and helping to improve elephant welfare and making positive difference in Thailand:

The need to grow and expand on BEES becomes more and more urgent every day with more elephants needing rest or retirement. More owners are becoming interested in retiring their elephants from work and giving their tired, overworked elephants either time to rest or to go into a longer term retirement. In order to take on more elephants though we feel that we need to expand on our facilities, buy more land, build shelters and a medical hut so that we can provide the best possible care for the elephants and be able to provide a home for many more elephants to enjoy. We are still in the process of setting-up Non-Profit registration and are just a couple small papers off the Australian registration, but we have had many delays during this process and can’t wait any longer, as time is not on our side. There are elephants that need help today!

Poorly elephants need our help, we have been contacted by the owner directly and we feel we can’t walk away from this case:

On Tuesday 3rd June we went on a research trip through Mae Hong Son, a few times now we have been contacted by Mae Kam’s owner who has said that there is an owner that needs help and has two elephants that need care, rest and recuperation. On Monday the owner of these elephants, drove all the way out to BEES on approx 70km journey to tell us about his elephants and has asked us if we can provide a home for his mother elephant Kham Mee 33 years old and her 6 month old baby boy Boon for a rest period of up to one year and then the possibility of longer term at the end of the contract. He has been keeping them chained up in the forest after he moved them back to his home district after the baby was born 6 months ago. Because Kham Mee has been very weak since the birth of the baby and is suffering from damaged and uncomfortable feet, the owner feels it would be best not to work her at this time. But it seems he is struggling without the extra income and may need to return her to work sooner if he has no other choice. Health concerns are a big welfare issue for this mother and her baby at this time. There are serious concerns for the baby as he is suffering from a severe eye infection and needs ongoing treatment to try and avoid full loss of sight in the left eye. The mother has very badly cracked nails in both hind feet on the middle nails and could desperately use some foot work to avoid serious troubles in the not too far away future, if she is forced to return to work or left chained in the forest she could easily damage her feet further, possibly causing infection, a veterinarian will need to be called in to assess the mothers feet and the eye of the youngster to advise a treatment program for both elephants.

The owner came to us to ask for help with treatments but also because he is having trouble providing for his family without the extra income. After meeting the owners and going out to see the elephants and assessing the situation ourselves, we feel it would be best if they were moved to BEES on rest, to receive treatment instead of leaving them like this only to suffer even more in the nearby future.

If they are to move to BEES it will be temporarily in the hopes of securing a more long term agreement in the future. Ideally we hope at the end of the contractual period that we can persuade the owner to keep them here and out of work. We feel that after seeing these elephants and knowing about their situation that we can’t walk away and leave them to deteriorate even further. We will do everything we can to improve their livelihoods and hopefully to persuade the owner that giving them their freedom is the right thing to do, but we must all remember at the end of the day we do not own these elephants and we dont have the final say.

Kham Mee has very cracked nails

If they do move to BEES to receive treatment we will need to build an enclosure for the mother and baby and a small medical hut and treatment area so that they can both receive treatments. We have been in discussions with the owner and he is very keen to move his elephants to BEES as soon as possible so that the baby in particular can receive antibiotic treatments for his very sore eye to try and avoid the eye going completely blind and the mother can rest, recuperate and have her feet seen to. We have been in negotiations with him this week to try and extend the time of the contract but don’t want to push too many buttons, the fact that he has come to us to ask for help is a great start. We do really hope that any elephants that come into our care are permanent but the reality is, it is up to the owner.

Baby Boon’s terribly uncomfortable eye 

Could you walk away if new you could help to improve their health so that if they have to return to work that they would not be suffering from serious health issues?

Let’s hope the owner makes the right decision to move them on rest instead of back to work, it would be a terrible mistake and very stressful for them both. They need to be moved so we can get Kham Mee and Baby Boon back to good health!

If you would like to make a donation to support our work you can donate via Karyn Steele’s Fundraiser for BEES via PayPal by enetering Beesfundraiser@hotmail.com or via bank transfer to Thai or Australian Bank




ACCT #: 419 2 35661 5


LOCATION: 45 Moo 4 Charoenniran , Amphur Maechaem, Tambon Chang Keung, Chiang Mai, Thailand50270




BSB: 082-146

ACCT#: 848647725.

SWIFT code: AAU3303M

LOCATION: 690 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale 2100 NSW Australia.

We are just a small organization trying to better the lives of the elephants, animals and the local community so that we can make a positive impact for the future. Everthing that we do, we do because we do because we are passionate about improving the welfare of the elephants and animals and making positive change.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, for your kindness and support.

On behalf of the elephants and animals, Thank You all for being a voice, by working together we CAN make a difference!

With lots of ele love from

Emily, Burm and the Elephants xxx


A note from Emily

Written by Em. Posted in bees blog

Dear BEES Friends,

WOW we have had an incredible month of highs and lows here at BEES!

Mae Kam looking pretty!

Mae Kam looking pretty!

 In the last Blog you heard a little bit about the Australian film crew being here at BEES for 3 magical days of filming the elephants and interviewing Burm and I. We are very excited for this to be released later in the year, but for now it still is top secret. We hope it will bring great awareness for the elephants and BEES projects but as we mentioned before they weren’t just here for the elephants!.

On Sunday 23rd I returned to Thailand after 12 days of Non-Stop elephant talk! Whilst in Australia with the wonderful help of my Mother Celia wecompleted the first load of  paperwork to apply for Non-Profit Charity status and put in the application which is now under consideration by the Australian government. Fingers Crossed we will be an up and running non-profit soon!!!

On the 20th February I was interviewed by Andrew Priestly a Northern Beaches Journalist who published an article about BEES in the local Daily Newspaper – The Manly Daily and online in the Daily Telegraph. My beautiful little 84 year old Nana Cynthia organized this and I am so grateful for her loving and kind heart. We do hope that this little article helped just make a little difference to such a big problem. Elephants must be protected and we MUST be their voices!  

It is so great to be home with all the animal rescues, the staff and of course the elephants!

Dry Season:

The fires burnt right through the forest that the elephants graze in.

The fires burnt right through the forest that the elephants graze in.

It is well and truly into the dry season now, the forests are burning and on the 1st March we got quiet the scare! On the way back from a big long walk to Maechaem river we could smell smoke, the sky was black over the burning forest and it was right on top of the hill above BEES place. The Mahouts (elephant caretakers) took the elephants back down the stream to safety in a cool place with some greenery left to munch on until the fires passed. Shin (our student and great help) and Cherry (our mahout’s wife) rounded up all the animals to keep them safe. It was a very long day and we got the elephants back when it was safe to return around 6pm. The last few nights the hills surrounding us have all being glowing orange in different spots, the whole of Maechaem seems to be on fire right now!

Fundraising for the desperately needed new Vehicle – update:

The incredible Karyn Steele has been doing such kind and incredible work in setting up the fundraiser to raise much needed funds for the desperately needed new BEES vehicle. So far just over $4000 has been raised! Karyn has also been designing posters to be shared on Facebook and templates for collection boxes that can go in schools, offices, supermarkets, post offices and anywhere really where people may see it and like to donate. Huge Thank you Karyn again for your continued support and for just being an amazing friend of BEES.

A Special Thank you also to Renee Roberts for her fundraising ideas and trying to help with rasing the funds, also a big Thank You to Lori Sirianni who designed a great Facebook poster to share around to help with fundraising.

If you wish to donate please donate through PayPal by entering Beesfundraiser@hotmail.com

Running an animal sanctuary isn’t easy and I have to be perfectly honest, I am afraid that we can’t and won’t survive without funding, the fear and worry is constantly on my mind. Month by month we just get by and I hate to think what will happen if one month we can’t afford to feed our animals. Each and every single cent counts and makes a difference! BEES purely rely on donations and paying guests in order to keep the project going, we are in the process of being registered as a Charity Foundation but this take times. Thank you to everyone who is donating, we can’t continue this on our own. Also if you would like to support us why not become a volunteer? Please contact us today if you wish to volunteer, visit the Contact Us section on our website!

The ele girls grazing in the fields

The ele girls grazing in the fields

Together we can and already do achieve great things!

BEES and SANTISOOK Cat and Dog rescue are joining forces this month for a big Operation Sterilization at BEES:

In the last 8-12 months BEES has been taking on a lot more cat and dog rescues we can hardly keep up! Santisook and BEES are joining forces on Saturday 15th March to Sterilize BEES rescues and as many as we can from our local village. BEES and SANTISOOK share the same idea when it comes to animal welfare, to keep animal populations in control and to care for the animals that have been abused and mistreated and give them loving homes where they can enjoy the rest of their lives. 

For this Sterilization clinic we will be joined by Diana Dammery an Australian vet Nurse, a great friend and supporter of BEES who will assist us with this huge task! Diana has been running the ‘Sugars for Sterilization’ Event on Facebook for Sydney siders in Australia; she has been making beautiful old style toffees and selling them with the proceeds going towards the running costs of this Mass Sterilization. This sterilization clinic wouldn’t have been possible without Diana’s dedication and love for all animals big and small, she has raised the funds or the sterilizations and vaccinations for BEES rescues. Thank you so much Diana for your kindness and for always being there as a great friend, a lot of BEES animal rescues have lived through serious emergency situations because we have been able to call Diana at any time day and night to ask advice. BEES is located 2.5hours drive from the nearest veterinary doctors and clinics, without Diana we wouldn’t have been able to assist the animals to keep them alive before seeing the vet, we are so grateful for Diana’s help. Thank you Diana for being such a great friend! 

Rescued Animals of BEES Update:

Panda and Pai Lin the cheeky two!!!

Panda and Pai Lin the cheeky two!!!

We always expect the unexpected here in Thailand especially in the dry season. The weather has changed from warm during the day and freezing cold at night to boiling hot during the day and cool at night, soon it will be boiling hot during the day and night!! The little animals just don’t do well with all the temperature changes, the temperatures have changed drastically in the last three weeks and every year we see local village dogs fatally ill for different reasons, but most commonly dehydration and parasites because of lack of preventative and health care. This year the ticks are also really bad, every day will pull off 10 or more ticks from our dogs despite the fact that they get medicated flea and tick wash and preventative treatments regularly. Here is an update on a few of the doggies that have been unwell or were being treated for injuries. 

Rescued dogs:

BEAR: Bear was a bit sick whilst I was away in Australia with severe dehydration and was not eating well. Burm was able to give him SC fluids and put him on a cause of Antibiotics and now Bear is back to his normal self. He has also grown a lot taller and is very active and making friends with some of the other rescues including the cats!

Toto: Earlier in February Toto got into a big fight with a local village man’s dogs in the middle of the night which resulted in a large open wound from an aggressive bite from the other dog in left hind leg. His antibiotics where continued and Burm and Shin cleaned the wound daily until it healed over. He now has a very big scar, but is walking around well. 

Newest Rescue Puppy Robin: Has lost a lot a bit of weight over the last few weeks and also needed antibiotics and fluid injections to keep her hydrated,  we think it was the same bug that Bear had. She is very strong now though and we are working on getting her weight back up.

Milo (left) and Lucky (right) snuggling up together!

Milo (left) and Lucky (right) snuggling up together!

Pai Lin: Pai Lin also took a bad turn last month and lost a lot of weight again, her health was a bit more serious than Robin and Bears and she had to be kept separate from the other dogs. We suspect Pai Lin has a blood parasite and so started her on Antibiotics specific to treat blood parasites and she is looking a lot better, the colour is back in her gums, she is keeping hydrated, has an appetite, is starting to gain weight and is looking great! She also loves getting her bone shaped doggie biscuit treats!   

Son: The leader of our pack who got a severe wound which partly de-gloved his front left foot is healing really well. He finished his course of Antibiotics and the skin flap healed and rejoined to the top of the paw and is closing over, so not too much damage has been done. Although he is a very difficult patient, he did take all his antibiotics (unknowingly in food) and has done very well. He is no longer limping around and is walking normally which is great as we were very worried he had done some real damage!

Mollie our beautiful little disabled dog: Mollie has been doing really well lately. We still give her rehabilitation therapy daily. Massaging her legs taking her for walks in her walk-about harness that supports her back legs whilst walking a longside us. She is so strong willed and has such a playful personality. We just love her to bits. She now stands on two back legs when she is eating, sometimes one and balances with the left hind leg up lifted up. She gets around very wobbly earlier on in the days and then is dragging again by the afternoons. We have seen great improvements since her rescue and she keeps surprising us everyday!

Kitty Rescues:

Did you know??? Elephants eat roughly 250kg per day

Did you know??? Elephants eat roughly 250kg of food per day

Kittens Justine and Tracey are growing up so quickly! They are exploring more and more every day and love to snuggle up with the big kids Lucky and Milo.

Dani, Suki and Cocoa are the little explorers and come back home whenever they want good food or cuddles, but recently Tigger has started to explore a lot more too. Gizmo and Tigger usually go everywhere together and it is so strange to see Gizmo here on his own, all of these rescue cats are outdoor cats and until we can have the funds to build secure facilities they are able to wonder wherever they please. We worry about them all the time and spend hours out calling them when they don’t come home for 3-4 days. Mee Suuk is also known to disappear, but usually you can find her sleeping in a guest hut. Milo and Lucky are always snuggled up in the Managers hut and are very lazy in heat!

The little dinosaurs:

Hahn’s, Bubbles, Ronald and Shelly are all doing great! They just sleep all day, come out in the afternoon to get some sunbaking in and then off to bed again after some fruit and vege. Bubbles the Terrapin has been spending a lot more time in the pond on these hot dry days. He loves to swim and also loves to watch the little fish swim by that we have placed in the pond too.

The Passing of Poor Kratuu:

On the 4th March we received very sad news, Mae Jumpee’s owner for 68 years passed away. The passing of Poor Kratuu has left us at a loss for words. He was such a kind and generous man, he really loved Mae Jumpee and when he came to visit her the last time he ever saw her, he cried, he was not strong from his serious health problems, mainly from what we know it was an unhealthy kidney, but he said he was so pleased to see Mae Jumpee so happy, grazing in the field and living the way an elephant should live, just as an elephant! It brings tears to my eyes when I think, that was the last time he saw her, it was his last memory of her, which was about 6 months ago and he was on the way to the hospital and insisted his son stop on the way so he could see her. We went to visit Poor Kratuu a few times since his last visit to Mae Jumpee, taking him donations of snacks and small money donations to assist with his treatments. He always asked how Mae Jumpee was and said he would come to visit her when he felt strong. About 4 weeks ago he went back to his village to continue his treatments from home; sadly he took a turn for the worst earlier in the week and passed on the evening of the 3rd March at 72 years old. It was his dying wish for Mae Jumpee his elephant that he had been with him for 67years before retiring her to BEES to return to his village at least one more time before she passes for a Traditional Karen Ceremony ‘Mut Muur Suu Khwam, so the family could give back to her and pay respect to her’. Poor Kratuu has left 4 sons and 2 daughters behind. The oldest 2 sons will now become Mae Jumpee’s new owners. The family has said they don’t want to move her back for the ceremony right now, but would like to move her over the next year just for a short period of time 1-2 weeks. Poor Kratuu wanted her to live out her days here at the sanctuary, but wants his family to be able to pay respects to her and her mspirit in her birth place and to ward away the bad spirits and to bless her, the family and the village in which she was Born. In order to do this she must return home.

Sweet Poor Kratuu, We will always remember you.

Sweet Poor Kratuu, We will always remember you.

Karen people have done this for centuries and we have to respect this Traditional. All of the elephants that come to BEES temporarily or long-term for a rest or to be retired, if we are renting them, they are owned by someone else, if they are from Karen Hilltribe they will mostly likely return home to ceremonies every year or second year, we have to respect their ways and work with the people in order to insure a safe future for the elephants.

If we were to offend their culture how would we be able to get anywhere positive and be able to move forward, we MUST work in harmony with the people, focus on building strong friendships with owners and in the long term it will make the world of difference! We haven’t talked a lot about the ceromonies in the past because we had hoped that the elephants wouldn’t have to go, but even Mae Kam’s owner has also said many times in the last 6 months that he would like to bring her home for a ceremony soon because usually he would have done this every year before she was retired, there is no date for this yet and may not happen this year but if and when it does we will do everything in our power to ensure she is kept out of work and returns home to BEES. We believe in being completely honest and truthful with all of you because this is a Tradition and something we feel we must respect. These ceremonies occur once every year, it is a tradition and a way of paying respect to the elephants, to the spirits and blessing the village. Although we don’t want the elephants to leave for any period of time, the main thing to remember is at the end of the day, we have made a difference because these owners have taken the opportunity to entrust the care of their elephants in our hands to give them the freedom their elephants deserve, to take a much needed rest from from work, and most will still want to keep their elephants out of work and in Sanctuary in the future because we all have an understanding and built strong friendships!

On the 5th March we traveled to Poor Kratuu’s home, Mae Jumpee’s Village in Ban Huey Pakuud to pay our respects to him and his family, it was such an overwhelming feeling of sadness, saying goodbye to a man that was one of the first to gain an understanding of our project, our goals and understood what we are trying to achieve here. It was a very difficult thing to say goodbye to him, I had to hold back the tears and stay strong because the rest of the family were in his home grieving his passing also, all of them sad faced but no tears. I never knew I would be so affected by this beautiful mans passing, it really was so hard to say goodbye, I cared for him deeply and I’m so sad he is gone. No one deserves to go through that kind of pain and suffering. I will never forget him and his kindness, for entrusting us to care for his elephant, for giving us a chance and for believing in what we do. He had been with Mae Jumpee for 67 years before he retired her, he was 5 years old when she was born. They must have seen and been through so much together. When we found out about Poor Kratuu’s passing we went home and told Mae Jumpee, elephants are incredibly intelligent beings and have emotions very similar to humans. I think she understood what we were telling her, I could see the tears in her eyes. Looking into her sweet innocent eyes, I felt her blow out a deep warm breath of air onto my arm, I wonder if it was a sigh of relief and sadness all in one. Her

Mae Jumpee out on a walk through the forest and down to the river.

Mae Jumpee out on a walk through the forest and down to the river.

owner and caretaker for so long is now at peace.

Sweet Poor Kratuu, Rest in Peace our dear friend, we will never forget you!  


The elephants are really feeling the heat! Every day now they spend their time close to the stream or down near the river. Because the forest is all burnt it is too dry for them to eat too deep in the forest, we will now have to wait for the rain and everything to become green again. So we have bought a banana tree farm from a local villager, he doesnt use these banana trees and they are growing on his farming land. By purchasing these trees it helps the owner to provide for his family and we dont have to travel very far to find supplements for the elephants, in the past we had to travel up to an hour to find Banana trees. Now we just have to Travel ten minutes down the road and every day the elephants can enjoy sweet juicy Banana trees!

Mae Jumpee has been having coconut oil rubs on her head daily for an old hook wound (she worked in trekking for a long time and the hook was used on her head every day), scars like this take a long time to fully heal. The skin is very dry and sensitive and when she rubs it against some trees or rocks, it opens, becomes infected dries and scars. It is a really dry sensitive area and is always in the sun. The coconut rubs are really helping it heal well. With the coconut oil rubs daily and weekly scrub downs with a native vine that has healing properties, Mae Jumpee’s head should be much better in the next few weeks.

Mae Kam communicating with Mae Jumpee after playing with the tire she found in the river

Mae Kam communicating with Mae Jumpee after playing with the tire she found in the river

I think the heat is getting to us all lately! Last week Mae Kam found a tire at the bottom of the river bed and brought it up out of the water and kicked it all about all over the sandy river bank. She had such a great time, but it’s seems as though Mae Jumpee really didn’t like her playing with the tire and missing out on all the fun and so she let out a short low grumble and Mae Kam walked straight over to Mae Jumpee flicking the tire behind her and gave her a good long sniff and touched her bottom and breasts with her trunk, almost as though to reassure her that everything was alright! Elephant communication is so incredible!!!!     

That’s all for now BEES Friends!

Thank you all for your kindness and support, please continue to spread the word! Together we CAN and already do MAKE a difference! 

Kind Regards,

Emily and all of us here at BEES big and small xx

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A note from Emily

Written by Em. Posted in bees blog

Hiya BEES Friends,

We have had a super busy start to the year! January was packed with lots of discussions about moving forward and developing more community programs, rescuing more furry friends, big talks and discussions with the owners of Mae Kam and Mae Jumpee about their futures with us, discussions with owners who are becoming more open to the idea of retiring their elephants to BEES, more talk about paper work for foundation status and we have had at least one or more volunteers here a week since Christmas week!

Although we have been keeping busy my heart is still heavy from the loss of

A very pretty Mae Kam reaching for some juicy green vines

A very pretty Mae Kam reaching for some juicy green vines

our beautiful rescue puppy NongWhan, the Oriental Bay Owl and the Barn Owl all in the same 24hours. Rescuing animals isn’t just a job for us, they become part of our little family and we love them deeply and feel great loss when one of them passes away. It only makes us continue to push forward and fight for the animals.

A big WELCOME to our new Friends of BEES:

I wanted to take the time to say WELCOME to all our new followers and say an elephant sized THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your continued support, it means a lot to us!

Together we really are making a difference!




What is BEES trying to achieve and where we are at: 


Mae Kam and Mae Jumpee play in the river. Mae Jumpee playfully kicking Mae Kam!

When I first moved to Thailand to start BEES a retirement home for elephants with my fiancé Burm we would never had known that we could have learned so much. In the first 6 months before we retired our first elephant to BEES we spent a lot of time talking with elephant owners, mahouts and trekking camp owners, each conversation was an interesting experience, some didn’t want to listen to our ideas, whilst some gave us 10 minutes before walking away and some were and still are interested in our model of working towards protecting and preserving the future of the elephants.

It shocks me that Elephants being the national symbol of Thailand have been treated so poorly for hundreds of generations! Every day, hundreds of thousands of tourists are unknowingly funding elephant exploitation and abuse all in the name of Tourism.

A very old and tired trekking elephant. Note: This is not taken at BEES and was taken in a camp in Chiang Mai

A very old and tired trekking elephant. NOTE: This is NOT taken at BEES and was taken in a camp in Chiang Mai


Tourists need to take a step back from the happy,bubbly, ignorance of the travel brain when they arrive in Asia and question what they are doing, would you go to Australia to ride emu’s or kangaroo’s???or go to China to ride Panda’s??? NO… So WHY is it okay to ride elephants?

To put it simply it ISN’T!

 If tourists new about the training the elephants went through and the continued fear and daily suffering, I think they would think twice about contributing to the Elephant Tourism. The trouble is A LOT of Tourists don’t know the truth behind the paintings and the clever tricks the elephants are forced to perform. That’s where YOU, my friends come in, it’s all about EDUCATION!

A street beggining elephant we found in Chiang Mai last year. Note: This is not taken at BEES and was taken in a camp in Chiang Mai

A young street beggining elephant we found in Chiang Mai last year.
NOTE: This is not taken at BEES and was taken in a camp in Chiang Mai


Through our project we wish to be able to provide a sustainable alternative for owners and their elephants, to escape the city life and hardships of working in tourism and to give the elephants retirement where they have the freedom they rightfully deserve.

BEES currently rent elephants to keep them in retirement and out of backbreaking work as vehicles for tourism and illegal logging. This way the owners can continue to feed their families and the elephants can live a nice happy natural life, they no longer have to work and can just BE elephants. WIN- WIN

Yes.. I know what a lot of people are thinking, by renting it does mean that we DON’T OWN the elephants in our care and that the owner has every right to move his elephant when a contract comes to an end or to take their elephant home for traditional ceremonies when he needs too or even sadly the possibility they will one day return back to work.

But it isn’t as black and white as just buying any elephant to give it permanent freedom!!!

Some people may ask why BEES don’t buy or haven’t yet bought elephants???

Well….One reason is because we haven’t yet had the funds too, but the main reason we have learnt is that you have to consider every aspect of a situation and be sure you are NOT making the situation worse by contributing to further elephant mistreatment and abuse for tourism. The exploitation and abuse of Thailand’s elephants needs to END!

Taken at BEES where elephants can live and BE elephants!

Taken at BEES where elephants can live and BE elephants!

What most people don’t know is that a large percentage of elephant owners selling their elephant are interested in getting funds to buy a younger, stronger elephant.

Not to say BEES will never purchase elephants because in some cases an owner that wishes to sell doesn’t always wish to use the funds for another elephant and will use the funds to buy land for farming or learn a new skill.

We believe that in the case an owner is selling his elephant with the intention of buying another elephant, it means the funds are being used directly by the owner to rip another baby elephant from its mother at a very young age and put it through the cruel and soul breaking practice ‘the phajaan’. The Phajaan is a terrifying practice where they tether the babies by all four legs, beating them for days, sometimes weeks until they submit themselves. When the poor, innocent babies soul is broken, it will then spend the rest of its life imprisoned working as a vehicle for tourism.To avoid this from continuing further it is important to rent in these situations so that the elephant can live a natural life and the owner can continue to feed his family but can’t afford to buy another elephant.

BEES work on EDUCATING mahouts, elephant owners, trekking camp managers and unaware tourists that there is another way! Elephants no longer have to go through the agonizing pain, fear and discomfort they endure on a daily basis having to work long hard days, to keep tourists happy and so that owners of elephants, trekking camp managers and mahouts can make a wage.

BEES model is one of many that are working towards giving the elephants freedom. I think all of you would agree that the best way to see elephants is when they are living in a natural environment, free from work and abuse, just being what they should always be able to BE, ELEPHANTS.

Ever since starting BEES we have wanted to give the elephants the very best we possibly can, true freedom. We are working towards securing land and fencing so that the elephants can live Chain-Free in a natural environment, where they will be protected, can roam freely and no longer have to go through the stress of being chained each night to protect them. This is a very expensive task, one that we cannot achieve on our own, but with your help we CAN achieve anything!

Let’s work together to put abuse and exploitation in the past and make Elephant Friendly Eco-Tourism (seeing elephants just being elephants) the future.

Happy ele's grazing at BEES!

Happy ele’s grazing at BEES!



What is new at BEES:


 Currently in our care we have 12 rescued dogs, 10 rescued cats, 4 rescued tortoises and Terrapins! BEESwork together with the community but also work to better the futures of local domestic animals and wildlife. By rescuing re-habilitating and releasing wildlife where possible and providing a home to those that can’t be released. We give a home to all animals in need!

In the near future we wish to secure land, fence it to build a large dog/cat rescue center and Animal clinic, have veterinary staff and be able to treat, spay and neuter on site. 

Bear: the puppy who was rescued on the 6th of January is settling in well. He was full of ticks when we got him and is still picking up ticks and getting regular tick baths. He loves to play and has the cutest little growl when he is trying to act like a bossy boots with the other dogs.

Toto: At the start of the month rescue dog Toto got into a big fight with a local village man’s dogs during the night, he ran to bark at the local villager who should not have been walking through the land with his dogs at that time of evening. One of the dogs was very aggressive and attacked poor Toto for standing his ground and we are now treating our little man for a very deep wound in his left hind leg. He will be on antibiotics for at least another week and we have been flushing the wound daily.

Some of our many rescues!

Some of our many rescues!

Newest Rescue Puppy Robin: Nick named Robin-Claire after the two volunteers that help assist in her rescue. Robin is still settling in which is to be expected as she has only been here a few days. She is very shy and nervous around the other dogs and it took her several hours to eat proper food when she first arrived. Poor Robin has had to fend for herself for weeks since her Mother and siblings had been poisoned by neighbors of the Maechaemschool. Students that attend the school were very worried about this little pup and contacted us to let us know of her existence as they were very worried she was going to die. Sweet little Robin now has a loving home where she will be well cared for.

Son: is the oldest and toughest Male dog, he is the leader of the pack and although very handsome, with a sweet face when it comes to medicating he is quiet aggressive and very difficult to treat when he becomes injured. On Wednesday Son went off wondering in the morning and came back with a serious wound on his front paw, he has partly de-gloved his front left foot. We have spoken to the vet and he has given us advice on how to best care for Son in this situation. He is on a course of heavy duty antibiotics in which are being sneakily passed to him in naughty treats such as sausage, a bit of pancake or fish cubes. We hope our Big beautiful protector will be well again soon.

Rescue pup Pai Lin acting as a Mummy figure for baby bear!

Rescue pup Pai Lin acting as a Mummy figure for baby bear!

All the other rescued doggies are doing well, Pai Lin, Panda, Kip and Toby all had flea and tick bathes on Tuesday as well as Robin and Bear because the Ticks are ridiculous at the moment, you pull one off and find ten more!

Kitty Rescues: 

Kittens Justine and Tracey that were dumped in the neighboring land at the beginning of January are wonderful. They are the sweetest cuddliest little kittens and purr ever so loudly. I can’t help but wonder what their sibling would have been like if she hadn’t sadly been killed by the neighbors dogs because their previous owners dumped them in the wrong place. They love to chase each other around all day and have become great friends with Lucky and Milo two of our adult rescued cats.

All the other cats are doing well, Lucky and Milo always find a way to break into our hut (the managers hut) so they can snuggle up with us under the warm covers. Dani, Suki and Cocoa are little explorers and came back home whenever they want a good meal of cat biscuits or fish and rice. Gizmo and Tigger the rescue kitties are getting bigger and bigger, I think they are almost fully grown! MeeSuuk who was rescued back in November 2012 has also been sneaking into volunteer huts to snuggle with guests on these cold winter evenings.

The little dinosaurs:

Hahn’s, Bubbles, Ronald and Shelly are all doing well. Bubbles the Terrapin has stopped using his pool at the moment, we suspect it is too cold! Hahn’s and Ronald the Mountain Tortoises snuggle up together under the warm dry rice grass we have provided for them while little Shelly hangs out in her corner on her own.

A very handsome rescue kitty lucky in the garden at BEES!

A very handsome rescue kitty lucky in the garden at BEES!

Emily heading to Australia this Month:

This month I will be returning to Australia for a very quick visit, of course to see my family but to get together with some wonderful supporters to discuss and hopefully finally set-up Charity/Foundation status. I do apologize that it has taken so long to get this set-up. It is very very difficult to set it up from here and there is a lot of paper work to get through in order to be able to operate as an Australian Foundation. It is so difficult for us too not be able to receive much needed funds to be able to support our many rescued animals, the elephants and providing preventative medicines for them. While I am in Australia if you wish to help us in any way with fundraising or make a donation monetary or other that is only small that could easily be carried in luggage back to Thailand, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the BEES contact email! I will be in Sydney from the 11th – 23rd February. Donations of dog treats, dogs toys, old towels and blankets, animal medical resources (bandages, steristrips, Elastoplast etc), 100% pure Coconut Oil (for the elephants), Lanolin (Pure wool fat, for the elephants), SudoCreme(For the elephants) is all greatly appreciated. If your Australian based in NSW and wish to join our Australian Fundraising committee or join as a BEES Friend please contact us! It has been fourteen months since I left the sanctuary for more than 3 days. I leaving my team here with lots of responsibility here but I know they are all fine as they are as hardworking and passionate about the welfare of the animals as I am.

As I am finalizing everything before I head off to Australia and whilst I am in Australia it may be very difficult to respond to your emails and enquiries. Please bear with me and will write back to you as soon as I can and I do sincerely apologize for any delays in advance.

Fundraiser: BEES Vehicle Fundraiser By Karyn Steele

Currently an amazing supporter Karyn Steele is dedicating her time to raising funds for BEES much needed new vehicle. We have been in desperate need for a new vehicle for over a year now and we fear that our current 19 year old Toyota Hilux is at the end of its life. Since starting BEES we have had to change the truck battery several times, it has broken down in emergency situations where we are in desperate need to get animals to the vet and has cost us a fortune in mechanic bills to get it fixed which could be funds for the elephants and animal rescues.

Can you help us raise the funds needed to buy a new vehicle to continue our important work here in rural Thailand??

Your donations are gratefully appreciated through PayPal by entering Beesfundraiser@hotmail.com

or through

Go Fund Me: BEES Vehicle Fundraiser By Karyn Steele



Australian Film crew visits BEES:

A very smiley Mae Jumpee at BEES!

A very smiley Mae Jumpee at BEES! She loves the camera!


On friday 7 th February we had an Australian film crew come out to film us and have been here for the last 3 days, Burm and I had an interview and the elephants got to be filmed just being elephants! All very exciting stuff that will be released later on in the year but for now it’s top secret!

That’s all from me for now BEES Friends! Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to read this!

I shall do my best to BLOG again around the end of the month!

Best wishes and lots of elelove,

Emily xx

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