Donation Appeal

Jungle Run for Dodo!

  • Thailand
Raised So Far THB 48,442
115% Complete
Target : THB 42,000

About Appeal

**UPDATE** Due to the coronavirus crisis, we will be using the funds from this fundraiser to help support all 5 of our elephants at this time. Anything extra raised, will also be helping us support and feed the 50+ elephants in our area who have now had to return home , many with no other means of support.

On 8th April, our staff and intern team (Terrill, Aislinn, Cami, Kerri, Alex, Carly) will be fundraising by completing a 10km run through the jungle to raise some much needed funds for Dodo!

Dodo is our newest rescue, having joined us in September 2018, previously due to his unpredictability, his owner and mahouts have had very little options and he lived a hard life of constant constraint and confinement as many people have felt unsafe around him. Thankfully since joining us at KSES, he has become a new elephant and is content with no longer having to work and having the freedom to just be an elephant has made him very calm. Observing this amazing change has been such a privilege! But the hard work is far from over, due to our low budget we can only keep Dodo long-term through fundraising. As of right now, we have enough funding to cover his costs until the beginning of May 2020. We are trying to raise enough funds to cover him until atleast July 2020, keep reading below to find out how you can help us.


At KSES, we do not buy our elephants for many reasons, including the demand that this creates for the illegal wildlife trade - i.e. bringing wild elephants into captivity - instead, we work WITH the local communities and pay our elephant owners a monthly compensation to keep their elephants. This monthly compensation allows our elephant owners to continue to feed their families and means that their elephants do not have to work anymore. 

The cost of keeping Dodo roaming in the forest for 1 day is $22/£18/700THB

The cost of keeping Dodo in the forest for 1 month is $660/£550/21,000THB

The cost of keeping Dodo in the forest for 2 months is $1320/£1100/42,000THB

Why do we need to fundraise?

As a small non-profit foundation, we often struggle to provide enough funding to provide for our elephants and community as well as our running costs. This year’s low-season is especially low, largely to do with the corona virus scare and we have very few bookings which means we will be struggling to provide for our first four elephants. This means we cannot use project running costs to cover Dodo’s expenses and we can only provide for him with fundraising.

Help us!

We need YOUR help! There are several ways in which YOU can help us raise the funds we need.

1. Donate to our fundraiser using the donate button to the right.

2. Set-up your own fundraiser - please do get in touch if you are interested in setting up your own event, we can provide advice and guidance.

3. Share our fundraiser with your family and friends and help us reach more people!

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a registered Foundation in Thailand and has been active for nearly 4 years. We really do appreciate any support big or small that can be contributed towards our elephants.

You can find out more about us, our aims and our projects on our website and facebook below: 

Thank you all so much for your support.

The Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary Team xx

Recent Donors 13

  • Duyen Tsan

    From our ❤️ to yours...thank you for all you do!

    USD 100 04/05/2020 04:22:08 AM UTC

  • Gabe Martins

    USD 25 04/01/2020 05:38:11 PM UTC

  • Lauren Jones

    GBP 125 03/31/2020 07:24:07 PM UTC

  • Grace Revis

    USD 75 03/31/2020 04:02:17 PM UTC

  • Fiona Hardie

    Thank you so much for your love and care for Dodo and his Mahout. Fiona 🐘💙

    USD 500 03/31/2020 02:40:44 PM UTC

  • Jan Parish

    Please let DODO remain at this Beautiful Sanctuary. We should Love and Respect Elephants and all Wildlife 🧡🐘🧡

    GBP 50 03/31/2020 01:54:12 PM UTC

  • Anonymous

    The Monday group, from Monton Methodist church.

    GBP 40 03/15/2020 12:05:28 PM UTC

  • Brittney Foard

    USD 140 03/13/2020 11:09:19 PM UTC

  • Judith Thompson

    Keep on keeping on 💕

    AUD 40 03/13/2020 02:17:07 AM UTC

  • Camilla Penner

    Thank you for helping these beautiful animals ❤️

    CAD 50 03/07/2020 03:17:54 PM UTC

  • Brandy Paiz

    USD 200 03/06/2020 04:40:56 PM UTC

  • Fiona Leake

    Sending all my love to ya'll! Give the wee man a banana from me!

    AUD 100 03/02/2020 12:15:33 PM UTC

  • Jan Parish

    Please Supporr Dodo!! 💚🐘💚

    GBP 50 02/29/2020 12:10:31 PM UTC