what is trunks up usa?
Trunks Up USA is a community of elephant advocates, volunteers, and supporters of Elephant Nature Park and the work of its founder, Lek Chailert.
To identify, recruit, galvanize, and form a nationwide “herd” of volunteers and supporters throughout the United States. Our “herd” will support Lek’s work with the goal of raising awareness and helping to provide critical funding.
Why is this important?
It is very expensive to rescue an elephant. In addition to the cost of acquiring the elephant, there are also transportation and legal costs related to transfer of ownership for an elephant. These costs can, and often do, exceed $35,000.
Elephant Nature Park operating expenses are generated from fees paid by visitors and volunteers who spend time at the park. However, these funds do not cover any extra expenses that inevitably arise on a regular basis. For example, when an elephant needs to be rescued, when an elephant requires additional veterinary care and medications, or when veterinary equipment is needed, the money required must be generated quickly from other sources.
Elephants require a lot of land to live as natural lives as possible. To continue rescuing old, abused, injured elephants, it is critical to acquire more land. When land is acquired, there are additional costs to build the infrastructure needed to support the elephants, caretakers, and volunteers.
Will you join the herd?
We need amazing volunteers who are passionate and can help in all aspects of events, including hosting events, organizing events, marketing, graphic design, and more.
If you live in the U.S. and want to join the herd, please fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you asap!