Asian Elephant Veterinary Care Program

Location: Surin, Thailand

Once used in warfare and the logging industry, the Asian elephant remains central to the cultural and religious identity of Thailand. A little over a century ago, there were over 100,000. Today, they are endangered; their estimated number is between 3,500 to 5,000. Ivory poaching, illegal logging, and loss of habitat threaten their survival.

Surin, is an elephant kingdom in Northeastern Thailand, designated by His Majesty the King, to allow elephants to live in more natural settings with access to forests and a balanced diet. Up until a few years ago, elephants were forced to beg in the streets of Bangkok where their welfare was severely compromised. Surin was created for these elephants to live in harmony with their mahouts and families through a government sponsored program.  The Zoological Parks Organization looks after 200 elephants but currently only has the capacity to conduct health checks twice a year.

Our Goals

Our goal is to improve the welfare and living conditions of captive Asian elephants as well as the community’s livestock and companion animals through our veterinary care program.

The Project


Mobile elephant clinics will enable elephants to receive year-round vet care ensuring better health and welfare.

Veterinarians International has partnered with the Zoological Parks Organization (ZPO) to create two mobile elephant clinics(MEC) for the 200 elephants in Surin province. Click here to learn more about how you can help get important veterinary care to elephants in need.

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