Saving elephants half-a-world away

By Matt Hicks
By Steve Miller

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local man brings a message from across the globe to Endicott, trying to save elephants struggling for survival in east Asia.

Don Glauber was Tuesday's guest at the Sierra Club.

He has been traveling to Thailand each year for the past five years, donating his time along with his wife Karen to help elephants at the Elephant Nature Park.

He has since become an elephant ambassador.

Glauber's presentation comes after a baby elephant in east Asia has gone viral on the internet, when a clip surfaced of it crying after being rejected by its mother in a zoo in China.

While Don Glauber hasn't seen the video, he has seen many others like it and says they can have a great impact.

"Sometimes YouTube does spread a video that pierces people in the heart and makes them realize these are beautiful, magnificent creatures," said Glauber.

Glauber said a majority of mistreatment of elephants is found in zoos and circuses, but can also be found with tourist attractions, such as elephant rides.

He says elephants have also been losing their jungle habitat, but he works year round to raise money to preserve these areas.