The world's population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is decreasing at an alarming rate. In 1996 the total population of wild Asian elephants in the south and southeast Asian countries had declined steadily to about 40.000, primarily because of habitat destruction. In 1995, the number of domesticated elephants in the 11 most important Asian elephant 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.
This is an international training course on the management of the health, reproduction and breeding 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 Thailand.
This course is scheduled to be run next in 2016. If you would like further information and registration details please visit here.
The practical component for the course taking place in Thailand is full and we are no longer taking applications. There are a number of spaces left for the online component