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Chandra Tamang, Purusottam Pandey and other government staff in Bardia, Nepal
Some of our collaborating partners in Bardia National Park, Nepal: head mahout Chandra Tamang (left), veterinary technician Purusottam Pandey (second from left) and mahouts.

Dr. Susan Mikota and Dr. Sumolya Kanchanapangka
Dr. Susan Mikota, Director of Veterinary Programs and Research of Elephant Care International, and Dr. Sumolya Kanchanapangka, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, preparing for their guest lectures in our workshop in Chitwan, Nepal.

Dr. Dag Goering and Suparna Ganguly     Tika Ram Adhikari
Above left: Dr. Dag Goering, Founder of Elephant Earth Initiative, and Suparna Ganguly, Honorary President of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, observing our workshop in Bardia in 2010. Above right: Tika Ram Adhikari, the Chief Warden of Bardia National Park at that time.

Surenrda Varma discussing with mahout
Research scientist Surendra Varma (in the middle), of the Indian Institute of Science and the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, visited our workshop in Bardia in 2010. In the photo, he is discussing with mahout Ravi Lal Tharu, translated by Ranjana Pajiyar.
Partner organizations

Collaboration with a network of partners is a key component of our work. Our partners include government bodies, non-governmental organizations and individual experts from East and West.

Current associates

Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal (DNPWC) is the government authority that is also responsible for captive elephants in Nepal, including their use in anti-poaching patrolling and other conservation activities. The majority of our workshops and other activities in Nepal have been carried out in collaboration with them and on their premises, in the Hattisars (elephant camps) of Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park. Currently we are developing a joint plan with DNPWC to ensure a sustainable transformation to modern methods of elephant training and management throughout Nepal.

Green Society Nepal is our partner NGO in Nepal. It works on a range of projects promoting sustainable development from environmental awareness to improved health care education for women children and underprivileged groups in society.

Elephant Care International is an expert organization on healthcare and conservation of elephants. In Nepal, they are running a successful programme to reduce turebculosis among elephants and mahouts. Their experts have given guest lectures in our workshops for mahouts, and we are currently incrasing our collaboration in order to provide mahouts an increased access to knowledge on elephant health care.

Elephant Earth Initiative is an NGO initiating and supporting conservation and research of wild elephants, and helping to develop animal-friendly, sustainable forms of elephant tourism. We are jointly exploring new opportunities for initiating elephant-friendly tourism to benefit local elephant owners.

We also exchange information with other organizations working for conservation and welfare of elephants, such as Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF) and Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) in India.

In Nepal, we give guest lectures for veterinarians and veterinary students at Insititute of Agriculture and Animal Science.

In our research programme to develop techniques to measure elephant emotions and detect chronic pain, we collaborate with Research Centre for Comparative Cognition of the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, Belgium. The research so far has been carried out in the Planckendael Zoo owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp; in Chitwan National Park governed by DNPWC in Nepal; and on the premises of National Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal.

Partners in starting the Nepal programme

In initiating and establishing the Nepal programme for introducing improved elephant training and management, the most important organizations were two offices of the World Wide Fund for Nature: WWF Nepal and WWF Finland. During the years 2006 to 2011, the programme was run as a part of the collaboration of WWF Finland and WWF Nepal in the framework of the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) Programme, which is a joint conservation and development programme in collaboration with the government of Nepal. Another key partner in initiating the programme was World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), currently called World Animal Protection.

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