Elephant Aid International : Projects
Elephant Foot Care
Provide pedicures for captive held elephants and train mahouts in proper foot care to support overall health and prevent osteomyelitis.
Foot health has become a serious issue for elephants living in captivity. Inactivity, poor husbandry practices, too much time spent standing and walking on unnaturally hard surfaces such as pavement and concrete can cause thin, uneven and bruised foot pads and cracked nails, leading to infection and osteomyelitis. These captivity-induced diseases have become an epidemic among elephants living in captive environments.
Aside from surgery to remove the actual toe bones, osteomyelitis is irreversible and terminal, inflicting years of pain and suffering. Osteomyelitis causes the toe bones to deteriorate, followed by the elephant’s physical collapse and subsequent death.
Thailand, India and Nepal
Establish on-going foot care programs for properly maintained nails and foot pads, vital to elephants’ overall health.