Elephant Care International collaborates with and carries out projects with individuals and other organizations that share our mission and values. Please meet our partners and visit their websites.
Elephant Care International has worked with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) https://www.ntnc.org.np/ for many years helping with elephant health issues, in particular tuberculosis through the Nepal Elephant Healthcare and Tuberculosis Surveillance Program. NTNC has many programs throughout Nepal protecting the biodiversity of key conservation areas and the species that live there. Read more about our work in Nepal here.
Work for Wildlife International has been our trusted partner since 2017. Founder/Director Hollis Burbank-Hammarlund has been instrumental in organizing workshops, raising funds, providing expert advice and much more. Hollis also designed our new website.
The Elephant Conservation Center (ECC ) in Laos is a model for responsible elephant tourism. Check out their education and conservation program and their re-wilding project. We have been working with the ECC in Laos since the early days of the pandemic helping to support their incredible work during the crisis. Recently our Elephant Health & Welfare Emergency Lifeline Fund provided funding to establish 5 banana plantations areas so the ECC can grow supplemental food for their elephants. Read the report here.
Wildlife SOS is an amazing organization in India. They rescue and rehabilitate elephants, bears, tigers, leopards, and reptiles and carry out human-elephant conflict mitigation and habitat conservation projects. In 2023 we collaborated with WSOS to conduct a successful Elephant Health and Welfare India workshop for practicing veterinarians. Read more.
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation https://www.facebook.com/GTAEF.helpingelephants/ was one of our main partners during Covid, helping to identify needs in Thailand and distributing funds. They have a great collection of professional video presentation about elephants: https://www.facebook.com/watch/112203958829258/299813621200921/
Green Hill Valley is a model for responsible elephant tourism in Myanmar. We conducted an Elephant Care Workshop there in 2018 that brought together veterinarians from all over Asia. Unfortunately the military coup that began February of 2021 has made further work there impossible. We hope the situation will change.
The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Sri Lanka was established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation 1995, to nurture injured and orphaned elephant calves back to health and return them to to the wild. Elephant Care International is working with head veterinarian Dr. Vijitha Perera to develop guidelines for Hand-raising Orphan Asian Elephants that will be posted on the ECI website soon.
The Smithsonian is one of our partners through the work of long-time colleague Dr. Janine L. Brown who works for the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Dr. Brown has done more research to benefit elephant health and welfare than anyone else we know. We are lucky to have Dr. Brown as a board member and research associate. Dr. Brown participated in the 2018 workshop in Myanmar and the 2023 workshop in India.
Dr. Willem Schaftenaar has been instrumental in the success of our workshops in Myanmar and India. He has a special interest in ultrasound and EEHV. He is one of ECI’s research associates. Dr. Willem is helping with our orphan elephant hand-raising manual. He has a very informative website of his own: https://www.elephantmedicine.info/
In May 2019, Elephant Care International and Dr. Khyne U Mar organized a Pathology Workshop for elephant veterinarians in Myanmar in collaboration with our long-time colleague Dr. Dalen Agnew (MSU College of Veterinary Medicine). The lecture series is available online: Click here to access the pathology lectures. Dr. Mikota is an adjunct professor at MSU and lectures to veterinary student regularly.