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We have pioneered this novel approach to elephant and handler welfare since 2005, with groundbreaking results.

In Nepal, the programme we started with WWF and others is now at a stage at which we are developing a joint plan with national-level government. It lays out details on how to transform the management of all captive elephants in the country to an improved, animal-friendly system. Read more


There are approximately 15,000 elephants in captivity, mainly in Asia. Nearly all are managed by the "breaking-the-will" approach: controlled by pain and severe restriction of movement. The resulting aggressive attacks at people claim dozens of lives each year. Chronic health problems in elephants are also common.

Many owners and handlers are troubled by the situation. However, for nearly all of them, this is the only management system they have been taught, and the only one they know.

Mahout with elephant in Chitwan, Nepal


We provide advice and vocational training for elephant owners, handlers, managers and authorities. Topics cover animal-friendly methods of elephant training, handling and care, as well as an increased understanding of the behaviour and needs of elephants.

Our people are experienced professionals in animal behaviour science, animal training, veterinary medicine, development cooperation and other relevant fields.

Constructive collaboration with local stakeholders is key to all our work.
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