During the past year since the Covid crisis most of the Saddle Off projects have received no visitors and as time passes it becomes more difficult to provide sufficient food for the elephants. Many of the elephants are able to forage on natural vegetation growing near the project but their diet needs to be supplemented with extra food including grass and cornstalks. Elephant love sweet fruit and vegetables but with no visitors the elephants only receive such treats occasionally now. No matter at which project when the elephants see a fruit cake they are always so excited and it is a real treat for them that they enjoy so much.
The elephant fruit cakes made at our Saddle Off projects and given to the elephants are made from a variety of ingredients. The base of the cakes are made with steamed rice or sticky rice, mashed bananas, rice husks, cooked corn or corn powder, tamarind, salt and sometimes papaya, watermelon, sweet potato, turmeric and a medicinal vine. Around the cakes is a variety of fruit and vegetables which may include bananas, watermelon, pineapple, papaya, mango, apples, mandarins, grapes, figs, tomatoes, pomelo, star fruit, guava, cucumbers, carrots, pumpkin, corn, sweet potatoes and sugarcane.
Thank you to all of our supporters who have given fruit cakes and food gifts to the elephants during these challenging times or sponsored an elephant. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We offer cakes now in 4 different size cakes detailed below:
Small Elephant Fruit Cake – for 1 elephant
Medium Elephant Fruit Cake – for 2-3 elephants
Large Elephant Fruit Cake – for 3 elephants
Gourmet Extra Large Elephant Fruit Cake – for 3 elephants (Care for Elephants)
Below are details of the various Saddle Off Projects that can make cakes and some photos of the elephants at these projects enjoying their cakes. At most of these projects the elephants can share a cake while at some projects like Pamper A Pachyderm the elephants need to be given their owner cake. Cakes can not be given to just one elephant at the project because it would be unfair for the elephants who miss out and so we have to allow all the elephants to join in and share the cake.
Please note that some of these projects can make cakes quite quickly and we can provide the photos and video to you within 1-2 weeks from the date of your order. For some remote projects it can take 3-4 weeks or even longer to get the photos and video to you depending on how many cake orders we have at the time. It takes time to arrange visiting and making cakes at some projects and with Covid travel restrictions, we ask for your patience and understanding if you have to wait a while to receive your photos and videos.
Due to Covid travel restrictions elephant fruit cakes can only be made by a couple of Saddle Off projects at the moment
Care for Elephant Cakes
Care for Elephants is home to 3 beautiful elephants – Sai Thong, Mae Dok and Thad Dao. These elephants are great friends and can share a cake. Project owner Ben and his partner Jin create beautiful and artistic cakes and in addition to making medium and large size cakes can now also make our new extra large gourmet cakes.
Pamper A Pachyderm Cakes
Pamper A Pachyderm is home to 2 beautiful senior elephants Sa Ard and Kham Pang, who enjoy their cakes so much. These two elephants have only been together for about 3 months and are still getting to know each other and so they cannot share a cake. They can be given their own small or medium size cake.
Karen Elephant Serenity Cakes
Karen Elephant Serneity is home to a family of elephants – a mother, Mae Kham Suk, her 2 year old daughter, Heng Heng and her nanny, Kham Noi. These elephants have a close bond and can share a medium or large size fruit cake. Cakes at Karen Elephant Serenity are made on a frame of sugarcane pieces joined together with banana leaves on top so it a true eco friend cake since the entire cakes can be consumed by the elephants
Sunshine for Elephants Cakes
Sunshine for Elephants is home to 3 beautful elephants – Kanjana (65 years old), Ta Mon (56 years old), and Sri Prai (30 years old). Kanjana and Ta Mon have been at this Saddle Off project for many years but Sri Prai was rescued from elephant riding about 2 years ago. These elephants can share a medium or large size cake.
Elephant Pride Cakes
Elephant Pride is home to 3 beautiful female elephants – Thong Dee, Kham Dee and Nuan who are great friends and have a close bond. These 3 elephants can share a large size always share their cakes so harmoniously and can be given a large size fruit cake.
Karen Elephant Home Cakes
Karen Elephant Home is home to 2 elephants who are brothers – Kham Meun and Dodo. These beautiful gentle bull elephants are great friends and can share a medium or large size cake.
Thank you for helping to buy food for the elephants at our Saddle Off projects
Your support of the elephants during these difficult times is greatly appreciated