Elephant Health Care

Why is this project so important?

The Sumatran elephant is the most endangered of all the world’s elephants. With less than 2,000 left in the wild, forest clearance has already halved their population within one generation alone.

Poor land use planning, the growth of oil palm plantations and smallholder farms have brought people and wild elephants into close proximity, leading to conflict. Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil in the world. As demand for this product increases, expanding palm oil plantations continues to threaten the last remaining elephant habitats.

Project Partner: Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation (VESSWIC)

Duration: 2007 – present

Sumatran elephant population: 1,720

Project goals

  • To contribute to the survival of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant subspecies by providing professional veterinary care and management support to ensure the health and welfare of captive and wild elephants.

What we do

To stop the elephant conflict problem in Indonesia the government has removed what were deemed ‘rogue’ elephants from the wild into elephant conservation camps. Elephant Family funds vets to care for these animals and improve camp management, helping to alleviate the suffering of these critically endangered creatures.