Posted by: Katie | September 28, 2012

The Story of Bona

© Bruce Levick

In Sumatra, an orphan elephant named Bona needs our help. Her condition began very poor, but is improving with the help of others donating money and sharing her story. Please take the time to read, donate, and share the story of Bona.

To donate to Bona, click on this link and proceed to make a donation to her cause:

I first learned of Bona and her story from Bruce Levick – who decided to leave his life in Australia behind in order to travel to Sumatra. Here, he volunteered to help care for this orphaned elephant named Bona (who was skin and bones at the time) and raise her back to health. Two other Australians, Amanda French and Murray Munro, also traveled to help this little elephant; little did they know how much Bona would change their lives as well as the lives of others that have heard of Bona’s struggle.

To quote a bit from the Facebook Fanpage (Save Bona the Elephant):
“Bona is an orphaned juvenile elephant currently in care at the Seblat Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) in Sumatra, Indonesia. Bona was rescued in April 2011 from a palm-oil plantation, after she was found wandering alone with no sign of her mother. Sadly, it is believed that her Mother was one of seven adult elephants found to be poisoned by palm-oil farmers and Bona is now completely alone.

At the time she came to our attention in February 2012, Bona weighed a tiny 182kg, a result of her extremely poor and insufficient diet. An elephant of Bona’s age would be naturally drinking milk from her mother, and her overall body condition is very poor; she is suffering from malnutrition, has curvature of the spine and is very weak.”

As stated, Bona’s story came to their attention in February 2012. However, now she is looking like a healthy elephant. Here is a picture of the progress that has been made so far thanks to the help of donations:
I remember when Bruce was initially posting about this very special elephant and so much good has come from the awareness raised by Bruce, Amanda, Murray, and many others. Though I don’t know the names of the many others helping Bona in Sumatra, their help has not gone unnoticed. The story of Bona has been discussed on Australian news stations and Newspapers:


Your donations will help to fund the purchase of emergency supplements for Bona that will help her to grow big and strong and get her back to good health without the presence of her mother. 



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