Thanks to solar-powered, electric-fenced corrals, the chains have come off some captive elephants in Nepal.
When not working, elephants at Chitwan National Park in Nepal used to spend all their time in chains. Now, almost all live chain-free in corrals.
So far, Elephant Aid International has built chain-free corrals at 23 locations in Nepal, Thailand, and India, helping more than a hundred elephants. The solar-powered electric fences need only about three hours of sunlight to stay charged for 10 days—a critical advantage in rural parts of Southeast Asia, where electricity may run only a couple of hours each day.
“Chain-free corrals provide a safe and nurturing space for captive-held elephants to experience autonomy and freedom from harsh treatment for the first time in their lives.”
-Carol Buckley, the founder of Elephant Aid International