Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management

The world's population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is decreasing at an alarming rate. In 1996 the total population of wild Asian elephants in the south and southeast Asian countries had declined steadily to about 40.000, primarily because of habitat destruction. In 1995, the number of domesticated elephants in the 11 most important Asian elephant countries was estimated at around 16,000 and numbers are also declining in parallel with the wild populations. In many countries, elephants are also maintained in elephant camps, zoological gardens, conservation parks, rehabilitation centres, elephant orphanages, Buddhist temples and in some countries as working elephants. To sustain this healthy captive population of elephants, it is essential to have an excellent knowledge of the health and reproductive issues of the Asian elephants.

This is an international training course on the management of the health, reproduction and breeding of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Thailand.

Due to popular demand this course is scheduled to be run again next in 2017. Confirmed dates will be released later this year. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list please send an email to