INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee works to increase understanding of and support for conservation efforts to protect elephants in the wild, and promote practices to improve the wellbeing of captive elephants around the globe. The Sanctuary collaborates with and supports international organizations on four continents: Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. Their programs focus on elephant-human conflict, anti-poaching, habitat preservation, fieldwork to add to the knowledge of elephants, rescue and rehabilitation, improved management and care in captivity, and providing veterinary care.

2020 Collaborations

Animals Asia Foundation (China)
www.animalsasia.org

In support of workshops for staff of 50 zoos in China demonstrating behavioral and protected contact management and enrichment.

ElephantVoices (Africa)

www.elephantvoices.org

To continue work in Amboseli to document African elephant behavior and develop a searchable database, as well as to travel and consult at The Sanctuary in 2020.

Elephant Haven (Europe)

www.elephanthaven.com

To support the building of a barn and perimeter fence for Europe’s first sanctuary dedicated to elephants.

Elephants Without Borders (Africa)

www.elephantswithoutborders.org

For the continued care of the three orphaned elephants and the addition of one new calf (rescued at the age of two months and requiring critical care), and educational outreach focused on human-elephant conflict.

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Brazil)

www.globalelephants.org

To help with the expansion of Global Sanctuary Brazil to meet the needs of elephants identified for transfer to sanctuary.

Stellenbosch University (Africa)

Continued assistance for research to improve the health and welfare of African elephants.

Utopia Scientific — Caitlin O’Connell — African Elephant Society (Africa)

www.utopiascientific.org

In support of fieldwork to gather data and demonstrate that male African elephants form stable bonded groups.

Wildlife SOS (India)

www.wildlifesos.org

In support of the Chhattisgarh Elephant Safety project to analyze GPS data and lead community work to mitigate human-elephant conflict for the protection of wild elephants.

Wild Welfare (East Malaysia)

www.wildwelfare.org

For training of elephant personnel at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Sabah, East Malaysia to improve the immediate and long-term quality of care and welfare of 14 Bornean elephants. 

Working Dogs 4 Conservation (Africa and Asia)
www.wd4c.org

To care and train rescue dogs in global conservation projects in the field in Zambia and Tanzania to enhance safety and rapid response.

2019 Collaborations

ElephantVoices (Africa)
www.elephantvoices.org

For the expansion of a unique, user-friendly, fully searchable elephant gestures and calls database to document the complex and diverse communication and behavior of African elephants for scientists and others to study, compare and share.

Elephant Haven (Europe)

www.elephanthaven.com

To support barn needs for Europe’s first dedicated sanctuary for elephants.



Wildlife SOS (India)

www.wildlifesos.org

To help monitor and understand elephant movements within the Raipur districts of Chhattisgarh and to train Forest Department officers in human-elephant conflict mitigation.



Stellenbosch University (Africa)

In support of expanded TB research in wild elephants.

Caitlin O’Connell/Utopia Scientific/African Elephant Society (Africa)

www.utopiascientific.org

For continued research of the long-term dynamic of wild African elephant societies and the implications for conservation. Research takes place within the northeast region of Etosha National Park, Namibia at Mushara waterhole.

Working Dogs 4 Conservation (Africa and Asia)

www.wd4c.org

To train rescue dogs in global conservation projects including the detection of ivory poaching and trafficking.

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Brazil)

www.globalelephants.org

To help secure land in preparation for the retirement of more elephants in South America.  

Elephants Without Borders (Africa)

www.elephantswithoutborders.org

To provide care for three abandoned and rescued elephant calves in Botswana until they can be reintroduced back into the wild.

Animals Asia Foundation (China)

www.animalsasia.org

To support training opportunities for elephant managers in Chinese zoos that will equip them to better meet the complex needs of captive elephants.

Wild Welfare (East Malaysia)

www.wildwelfare.org

Training for elephant personnel at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Sabah, East Malaysia to improve the immediate and long-term quality of care and welfare of 14 Bornean elephants.

2018 Collaborations

A generous bequest from Mark Hopkins Schell Trust has allowed The Sanctuary to expand international giving in 2018 in support of elephant welfare and conservation efforts around the world. The Sanctuary’s Board reviewed global projects and proposals and has awarded gifts to the following organizations: 

ElephantVoices (Africa)
www.elephantvoices.org

For the expansion of a unique, user-friendly, fully searchable elephant gestures and calls database to document the complex and diverse communication and behavior of African elephants for scientists and others to study, compare and share.

Elephant Haven (Europe)
www.elephanthaven.com

To support the building of a barn and perimeter fence for the retirement of the sanctuary’s first elephant in 2018.

Wildlife SOS (India)
www.wildlifesos.org

For Mahout Training Project to better serve the 3,000 captive elephants in the care of mahouts, involving both classroom and field experience in positive reinforcement training, foot care and veterinary needs.

Stellenbosch University (Africa)

In support of expanded TB research in wild elephants.

Caitlin O’Connell/Utopia Scientific/African Elephant Society (Africa)
www.utopiascientific.org

For continued research of the long-term dynamic of wild African elephant societies and the implications for conservation.

Working Dogs 4 Conservation (Africa and Asia)
www.wd4c.org

To train rescue dogs in global conservation projects including the detection of ivory poaching and trafficking.

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Brazil)
www.globalelephants.org

To help secure land in preparation for the retirement of Asian elephants in South America and support the development of the African Elephant Care Center.

2016/2017 Collaborations

Amboseli Trust for Elephants (Kenya)
www.elephanttrust.org

Elephant Haven (Europe/France)
www.elephanthaven.com

Elephant Voices (South Africa)
www.elephantvoices.org

Elephants Without Borders (Botswana)
www.elephantswithoutborders.org

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Brazil)
www.globalelephants.org

TB Research Group Stellenbosch University, Student Scholarships (South Africa)

Thailand Elephant Care Center, Veterinary Student Program (Thailand)
www.thaielephantcarecenter.com

Utopia Scientific, Caitlin O’Connell (Africa)

www.utopiascientific.org

Wildlife SOS India, Captive Elephants Welfare Project (India)
www.wildlifesos.org

2014/2015 Collaborations

Duke University’s Humans & Autonomy Laboratory (Africa, Bendje, Gabon)
https://hal.pratt.duke.edu/research-0

Elephant Voices (Nairobi, Kenya)
www.elephantvoices.org

Thailand Elephant Conservation Center (Thailand)
http://www.thailandelephant.org/en/

Utopia Scientific, Caitlin O’Connell (Africa)

www.utopiascientific.org

Chinese Zoo Association (China)

(India, Mumbai)

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Brazil)
www.globalelephants.org

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