Will you support the world's loneliest elephant's new life?
Thanks to your support, Kaavan the elephant will be removed from the notorious ZOO in Pakistan, to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Your kind donations will also help us campaign for improved animal welfare around the world.
Thanks to your support, Kaavan the elephant will be removed from the notorious ZOO in Pakistan, to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. Your kind donations will also help us campaign for improved animal welfare around the world. Your kind donations will also help us campaign for improved animal welfare around the world.
Help Kaavan's journey out of the Islamablad ZOO!
Good news for Kaavan, the world’s loneliest elephant: The Islamabad High Court has appointed Dr Amir Khalil from FOUR PAWS, as amicus curiae, and assigned him with the logistical organisation and execution of Kaavan’s relocation from Pakistan to Cambodia. In early September, FOUR PAWS gave the green light for the elephant’s transfer after medically examining him. The transfer from Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary is planned for the end of November and is supported by the NGO Free The Wild. Its co-founder, US superstar Cher, has been fighting for the elephant’s departure since 2016. With the relocation of Kaavan, not only will Pakistan's last Asian elephant leave the country, but the infamous zoo in Islamabad will finally close.
“It fills me with incredible joy to see that Kaavan's suffering is finally coming to an end. I cannot wait to bring him to Cambodia together with the FOUR PAWS team. For the past four years my partners in Free The Wild – Mark, Gina and I – have been working tirelessly to achieve this moment. ‘Free Kaavan’ will soon no longer be just a hashtag, but reality. And that makes me extremely proud and happy”, adds Cher, US superstar and co-founder of Free The Wild.
Thanks to your generous help we have successfully safely relocated three wolves, several monkeys, and all the rabbits, that used to be kept in Marghazar Zoo, and plans for the rescue of the remaining monkeys, bears Susie and Bubloo and the deer are currently emerging.
The FOUR PAWS team is preparing for the removal day on numerous fronts: organising a suitable aircraft and arranging a transport crate for Kaavan who weighs over 5 tonnes and is more than 3 meters tall. To ensure his safety, an elephant expert will also be training Kaavan in the next couple of weeks, this is to make sure he can enter and stay in the crate calmly.
A MATTER OF TRUST
Due to safety reasons, FOUR PAWS will NOT sedate Kaavan on his journey from Pakistan to Cambodia. Instead, a team of wildlife veterinarians will accompany Kaavan on his journey therefore it's even more crucial he keeps calm. For this, Kaavan needs to learn to trust people again.
“In the past weeks, I have spent almost every day with Kaavan, talking and singing Frank Sinatra songs to him. This may seem absurd to outsiders, but it allowed me to build a close relationship with the elephant. Now he is ready to work with his trainer. As his personal physician, I will not leave Kaavan's side during his entire journey,” says Dr. Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and responsible for the evacuation of Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad.
This is why we need your support.
How can you help?
Your support today will make a difference:
- £15 will help provide specific species food for Kaavan for a day
- £30 will contribute towards the transport costs for the lonely elephant from Islamabad to Cambodia
- £50 will help towards the crate needed for his safe removal from the zoo
- £90 will support the team needed to accompany Kaavan on his journey to his new life in the sanctuary where he will never be alone again
- A generous gift of £150 will help FOUR PAW's continuous work to create a better world for animals, worldwide.
Only with your generous help we can complete these rescue missions.
From Kaavan, Dr. Amir Khalil, and the team, THANK YOU