When I found out in September about elephants who needs help in Subulusalam, I knew we must do SOMETHING! But it was not as easy as expected. Our Tiger Commando team left together with Zbynek Hrabek to Aceh and worked very hard for 25 days doing monitoring to protect elephant against people who wanted to kill. People around us, so all of you helped, donated to save her who was in emergencysituation. We collected around 200 CZK in few weeks!
Amazing! But still nothing changed. Those 25 days cost us 120 000 CZK, we planned to rescue elephant with helicopter, but at the end we did not receive permission to do that. We were upset but there was nothing we could do. We tried to appeal, we pushed embassy, offices in Jakarta and also we contacted Ministry of the Enviroment. Thanks to this we created problems with bosses of BKSDA in Aceh, our team was excluded from the mission but even after that we did not stop and we came back to embassy and complained. We knew there is a lot to loose but the life of the elephant was more important.
At the end they managed to make elephant to sleep, catch and tighted to another trained elephants they made her free, outside of palm plantations. Dear friends, noone can possibly imagine how happy I am and we know we were a part of it even we could not participate the end of this action. It is the most beautiful gift we could get. We also received message from colleagues from Aceh:
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TO ALL OF YOU AND I WANT TO SHOW YOU THAT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF E WORK TOGETHER!!!!!! FINANCIALLY, PERSONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY! THIS ELEPHANT WAS SAVED BECAUSE OF YOU BECAUSE YOU MADE IT HAPPEN. IT IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!
The rest ot financial support we received, which is 80000 CZK will be used for Bangkaru Island to buy speed boat for blue patrol monitoring.
Thank you and I believe that this was not our last action for saving wildlife and nature!
Please share! It is an success of all of us who participated.