STEF Trustee Roger Clark FCA visited the new hospital site this week to see for himself how the works are progressing. He was pleased with what has been achieved despite a slow start due to heavy rain. As an accountant, Roger is closely interested in expenditure and costs.

Roger found that the foundations are well advanced both for the hospital barn and for the veterinary office and laboratory. The ramp has also been graded ready to create the haha – a recessed vertical barrier for off-loading and loading elephants.

It really is quite amazing what has been achieved in less than a year but where there is a will there is a way and we are immensely grateful to those trusts and individuals who have supported our endeavours to date.


Of course there is still so much more to do and we continue to fund-raise and to do all we can to complete the much-needed clinic as soon as we possible can.

If you can help us in any way, perhaps by just sponsoring a tree for £25 it will help us a lot and we will never forget your support. You can sponsor a tree and get your STEF Certificate if you click here.

Despite the heavy rains at this time of year, we do get some sunny spells and this is when the workforce can get going with the infrastructure for the new clinic. The works will continue steadily throughout the rest of this year but we have started this month with pile driving to sink reinforced concrete poles (piles) into the soil to provide foundation support for the main barn. A drop-hammer uses a falling weight to drive the posts into the earth.

Now the pillars are in place, we will move on to lay the foundations (again weather dependent) and build the office and small laboratory. We have ordered the solar panels to provide the electricity for the unit but we are now actively fundraising to get the money to drill the borehole and erect a water tower to supply the site. Meanwhile we will keep you posted as the building work continues. Thank you for your marvellous interest and support.

If you can help us to complete the elephant hospital in 2019, do please give what you can. It can be dedicated to an individual or to a cause. If you are a UK tax payer, please consider completing and returning a Gift Aid form that can be downloaded here. Gift Aid enables us to claim an extra 25p for every pound you donate at no cost to you.

Please Contact Us if you have any specific ideas or wishes how your gift might be used.