Elephant Care International (ECI) safeguards elephants living in captivity and in the wild by providing healthcare and welfare services, educational training, and technical information to elephant care professionals.
Founded by Dr. Susan Mikota (DVM) and Hank Hammat in 2005, our programs are focused on three key objectives:
CARE: We improve the health and welfare of elephants in captivity in Asian elephant range countries.
CONSERVATION: We mitigate disease transmission to the wild where captive and wild elephants interface.
CAPACITY-BULDING: (1) We enhance the capacity of veterinarians and others who care for elephants through workshops, one-on-one training, and by providing technical support, equipment, and supplies, and; (2) we provide easily accessible sources of information via the ECI website, personal consultations via email or Skype calls, and on-site elephant healthcare and welfare training.
GLOBAL REACH: Our work takes us throughout Asia to partner with local and regional organizations in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. For elephant care professionals worldwide, we maintain an extensive online (free) database on elephant healthcare and conservation and the first formulary that includes a compendium of drugs and medication techniques, plus elephant health, welfare, and management protocols and guidelines.