One of every three Asian elephants lives in captivity. Many of these ~14,000 captive Asian elephants lack basic care due to a scarcity of veterinary resources and training. Wild elephant populations are at risk of diseases introduced by captive elephants and wounds from gunshots, snares, explosives, and other human-made dangers. Every day, these challenges increase.
Veterinarians in the 13 Asian elephant range countries receive little if any instruction in diagnosing and treating problems in elephants and are often unaware of the new positive training techniques that can make veterinary procedures less stressful and more effective.
Our Asian partners depend on us--with ties to Western funding--to bring our technical and financial resources to them. And we depend on the generosity of donors to carry out our important work.