Katherine Connor founded BLES in June 2005. After a successful career in retail management, Katherine left England in 2002 for a nine-month adventure in Asia.
Just six weeks after her arrival in Thailand, Katherine unexpectedly found herself volunteering in an elephant conservation centre and hospital. While establishing
her formative relationship with the baby elephant, Boon Lott, she realized her life’s passion and committed herself to the rescue, recovery, and retirement of abused
With fierce resolution, Katherine single-handedly raised the initial funds to purchase land and establish BLES as a nonprofit organization with charity status. Her unwavering efforts were internationally recognized, and she was formally
invited to The House of Lords in London to receive an award from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) for her dedication and commitment to animal welfare.
Katherine has often said she will not turn her back on any abused animals. This creed is evident — in addition to elephants, BLES is home to a variety of rescued animals, including eight dogs, five cats, a tortoise and two cows.