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Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)

The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)is part of of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and  a global network of specialists concerned with the study, monitoring, management, and conservation of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).


The website has many resources about wild and captive elephants. Drs. Mikota and Brown are member of the ASESG.                                                                                                                                               

Gajah is the open-access online journal of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group.

You can access the latest Gajah and earlier editions at  If you would like to receive an email alert when new editions are available send a request to Jennifer Pastorini:

Gajah journal

Elephant Acupuncture     


Arthritis is common among elephants in captivity. Cure is not likely so treatment is directed at pain management. NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) are often used but over time these drugs may no longer be effective. This is what motivated Dr. Mikota to become certified in veterinary acupuncture and to apply this knowledge to elephants. In the course of her study Dr. Mikota mapped the acupuncture meridians (energy channels) of the elephant. The Elephant Acupuncture Chart is available from the Chi Institute . Elephant Care International receives 10% of every purchase.

Elephant acupuncture chart

Elephant Professional Lectures

Video presentations on a a variety of topics

Practical Advice for Writing Grants


Writing grant proposals can be a daunting task. 

Dr. Susan Mikota shares some advice in this PDF.

One Health Book Chapter


“Mycobacterium tuberculosis in elephants in Asia: taking a One Health approach.”  This book chapter, authored by Susan Mikota (ECI), Gretchen Kaufman (, and Nepal partners Naresh Subedi, and I.P. Dhakal is included in recently (October 2016) published book, One Health Case Studies (Addressing Complex Problems in a Changing World) (available on Amazon).

Two excellent resources for information about human-wildlife conflict

IUCN-SSC-Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Asian Elephant Guidance Documents and Key Papers:

IUCN-SSC-Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Human-Wildlife Conflict Resource Library:

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