International is the first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to
We provide direct care, information resources for care-givers, and support
community-based initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries caused by
One of every three Asian elephants lives in captivity. Many of these
~14,000 captive Asian elephants lack basic care. Wild elephant populations
are at risk of diseases introduced by captive elephants. Elephants and
humans are in competition for dwindling forested areas. Conflicts result
in deaths of elephants and humans.
In many areas of Africa and Asia, elephants are confined to parks and
sanctuaries. When populations exceed the carrying capacity, difficult
choices are faced—birth control, culling, or starvation. In places of
human-elephant conflict, wild elephants may be captured by governments
that lack the will or ability to care for them.
Where logging has been banned (Thailand, parts of India), working
elephants that were assets are now liabilities. Many receive poor or no
care and some are abandoned. Captive elephants released in the forest pose
a threat of introducing diseases into wild populations. In Myanmar,
captive logging elephants often breed and intermingle with wild elephants.
Elephant Care International has defined goals to improve elephant
healthcare. Our projects
focus on disease research; supporting the development of longer-term
contraceptives as an alternative to culling; educating and building the capacity of in situ
veterinarians; information sharing to inspire collaborative efforts
among all professionals concerned with elephants; and efforts to reduce
human-elephant conflict and associated deaths and injuries.
We reduce human and elephant deaths caused by conflict over natural
resources by focusing on local village issues; integrating community support with
social and economic agencies; and providing alternative income means
compatible with elephant habitat.
We are expanding our Board as we seek a diverse, independent, business-minded board of
directors to build a solid plan for growth, funding, and perpetuity of our
program. With the board’s support, we can help save elephant and human
lives and expand a consciousness of conservation and cooperation. We
invite you to be a part of this effort! To learn more please
go to our
Mission/Goals/Strategies and Projects