Elephant Aid International : Projects

Elephant Foot Care

Location: Asia

What

Provide pedicures for captive held elephants and train mahouts in proper foot care to support overall health and prevent osteomyelitis.

Why

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.

Where

Thailand, India and Nepal

Goal

Establish on-going foot care programs for properly maintained nails and foot pads, vital to elephants’ overall health.

 

Education Materials

View short video clip of foot trimming in Nepal

View EAI's FOOT TRIMMING instructional video

View EAI's ELEPHANT TRAINING instructional video

View EAI's powerpoint presentation of elephants used for tourist rides in Nepal -2010

 

Project Updates/Reports

Chain-Free Hattisar (Elephant Facility), Nepal - 2013

Chain-Free Pilot Project, Nepal - 2012

Elephant Nature Park, Thailand - 2011

Elephant's World, Thailand - 2011

Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand - 2011

Sauraha, Nepal - 2011