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A course in Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management

Asian Elephants

The world's population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is decreasing at an alarming rate and is listed as endangered by the IUCN. The total population of wild Asian elephants in the south and southeast Asian countries IS estimated to be between 35,000 - 50.000, The number of domesticated elephants in the 11 Asian elephant range countries was estimated at around 16,000 and numbers are also declining in parallel with the wild populations. In many countries, elephants are also maintained in elephant camps, zoological gardens, conservation parks, rehabilitation centres, elephant orphanages, Buddhist temples and in some countries as working elephants. To sustain this healthy captive population of elephants, it is essential to have an excellent knowledge of the health and reproductive issues of the Asian elephants.

The Course

This is an international training course on the management of the health, reproduction, breeding and welfare of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Sri Lanka.

The distance learning course is designed to provide participants with background knowledge in elephant anatomy, physiology, nutrition, management, reproduction, breeding, health and diseases. It will include interactive on-line discussions with tutors, quizzes, an individual assignment and a final assessment. It is designed to provide the knowledge necessary for participants to fully engage in and benefit from the on-site practical training course.

The on-site course will include one day of lecture/discussions at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, followed by 4 days of practical training and demonstrations at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage and the Elephant Transit Home, Udawalave, Sri Lanka.

Key Dates.

Unfortunately the Course for 2018 has been postponed


The registration fees for students and “Asian elephant range countries” participants" have been discounted and given below.

The number of places on both the distance learning and practical courses for participants from “Asian elephant range countries” and for students are limited. If you require further information regarding fees or any other details, please email your details to info@asiaelephanthealth.org


If you would like to be informed when registration for 2018 opens please email: info@asiaelephanthealth.org.

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Partially Funded by Brian Nixon fund for the protection of Elephants in Thailand.