Elephant Aid International : Projects
Elephant Care, Rehabilitation and Retirement Centers
Location: India and Nepal
Elephant Aid International’s long-range goal is to partner with NGO's in Asia to create elephant care, rehabilitation and retirement centers.
Why in India
In November 2009, the Central Zoo Authority mandated that all elephants be removed from zoos and placed in alternative facilities better suited to address their needs. The problem is, wildlife parks and game sanctuaries feel ill equipped to take these elephants, believing that zoo elephants are not good candidates for the semi-wild lifestyle their facilities provide.
In August 2010, the Elephant Task Force of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a 186-page report entitled Gajah, Securing the Future for Elephants in India. The report reviews the issues facing the country’s elephants today, including the needs to:
- mitigate human–elephant conflict
- open corridors to allow elephants free movement between their natural habitats
- upgrade research on and monitoring systems of elephant numbers, demographics, distribution, density and land use
- curb poaching and the international ivory trade
- improve the care and welfare of captive elephants
State of-the-art care, rehabilitation and retirement centers.
Designed to provide freedom of movement, a healthy social environment and autonomy, care, rehabilitation and retirement centers are similar to what Americans call sanctuaries: a place:
- where elephants come to escape the abuses of captivity.
- that supports rehabilitation of elephants suffering from physical and psychological trauma.
Setting Our Sites Where
EAI is using the successful model of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee as a basis for the first care and rehabilitation center.
- land - located
- infrastructure development
- staff training
- elephant relocation
- additional fencing
- shade structures
- corral areas for rehabilitation, medical care and positive reinforcement target training
- a small veterinary lab
- an administrative office
- housing for mahouts
Unfortunately our proposed elephant care center project in Bannerghatta has experienced insurmountable road blocks. We were unable to acquire the parcels of land required for the project and our collaborating partner was unable to secure government permission for the project. EAI has decided to abandon the project at this location.