Elephants are disappearing!

Elephants are struggling for their survival in many parts of the world. As a direct result of our actions, there is a chance that we could soon lose a species that is an extremely important part of the ecosystem. The only way that we can save these magnificent keystone species is if we act now!

Bring the Elephant Home aims for an ideal world where elephants can roam in the habitat that they deserve. A habitat where ecosystems are balanced, where elephants and people can live in harmony, and where tourism fully respects the wild character of these majestic creatures. If no one pursues this ideal, nothing will ever change and it will be too late for this intelligent and crucial species!

“Do animals and therefore elephants have rights?”
Antoinette van de Water, founder of Bring the Elephant Home, gave a Tedx Talk about this topic at TEDx Veghel, on World Animal Day, October 4th, 2019. Watch Antoinette’s Tedx Talk.

Volunteer in South Africa at our Elephant Field Station!
As a pioneer volunteer, you can help Bring the Elephant Home (BTEH) to set up our field station in April 2020. Tasks vary from organising logistics to setting up e.g. research projects and educational and community programs. We look forward to your application. You can find all you need to know on this web page! You can also support the Elephant Field Station financially.

BTEH Challenge – Please help!
You can contribute by starting your own BTEH Challenge crowdfunding page. Please e-mail us if you are interested. Or make a donation and support the BTEH Challenge. Help create a world in which people and elephants can coexist in harmony! The Wim Hof Ice Challenge fundraiser in Thailand, December 2019, has made a great contribution for the elephants: . Big, big thanks to all participants from 18 countries!

View our video below in which an overview of our work:

This is what we do!

Conservation Action

We make change happen (along with as many volunteers and staff members as people possible to help us!). By planting thousands of trees, building water reservoirs, testing new methods to protect elephants.


People who suffer from human-elephant conflicts coordinate conservation projects themselves. BTEH connects people, organizes training and provides the needed support to start community-based conservation project.


We use research to understand the cause of problems, to find out the perception of people, to measure and improve projects. We test innovative technologies to be able to do more. And we translate research into plans and action!


We see elephants as part of an ecosystem, with many connections. We seek sustainable solutions that touches all aspects of a problem. The Bee the Change project is a perfect example of this.


We collaborate with many different parties, from local farmers, to officials of national parks. We reach out, bring people together and ensure that people are heard. So we can work on solutions together as a community.

Years of fieldwork showed that this works. We have big plans for the future. Get involved, support personally or through your company, and make a difference for the future of Asian and African elephants!

We rely on donations. Without your support, we won’t be able to protect elephants. Please contribute to our goals with an online donation. Thank you so much!

Bring the Elephant Home!

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