Elephant foundation in critical need of aid

Soraida Salwala and her Friends of the Asian Elephant helped elephants like Motola (above) back to health, but now are close to bankruptcy. (EPA file photo)

The Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) says it may have to close if it does not receive financial support soon.

Secretary-general Soraida Salwala said the FAE is a Thai-registered foundation that has looked after the welfare of more than 4,600 elephants in Thailand for more than two decades. It is now facing its worst financial crunch in its history.

It is best known for producing an artificial leg for the wounded elephant Motala (above) in 2006, but it has helped countless elephants before and since.

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