At the turn of the century, there were about 200,000 Asian elephants roaming the earth. Today, there are no more than 40,000.
In Thailand alone, there are only 2,000 wild elephants and another 2,700 'domesticated' elephants living in captivity left.
With approximately 4,700 elephants remaining in Thailand, and dozens of elephant deaths per year, it is estimated that Thailand will lose its entire elephant population over the next 30 years. Experts also believe that we have a short window of 5 years to save them. Reasons for the population decline are numerous, lack of reproduction and premature deaths being the most prominent. On-going human-elephant conflicts (HEC) leading to fatal consequences for elephants has weighed heavily on population numbers as well.
In the past, Thailand’s elephants were used to create and defend the borders we know today, acting as weapons of war. They were responsible for forging modern Thailand’s economy through logging, ironically being forced to destroy their natural habitat. It is safe to say that the nature and culture of Thailand would not be what it was today without the influence of elephants.
In the wild, elephants are the key species for maintaining the integrity of forests and grasslands. Their dung, for example, is important for dispersing germinating seeds. By taking care of nature, wild elephants ensure other animals and plants have a future.
It goes without saying that we must take imminent action to conserve our majestic creatures. We are therefore committed to doing everything we possibly can to enhance the lives of Thailand’s elephants and protect them from extinction.
We have set up an infrastructure that will conserve and protect various plant and animal species that depend on one another for survival. Our Conservation Project Site is one of our most noteworthy accomplishments, where we are rebuilding a habitat for elephants, tortoises, birds, and native plants.