Elephant Care International
Why is Suraj Kali a Happy Elephant on World TB Day?
Suraj Kali had tuberculosis (TB) and like several elephants in Nepal earlier this century, faced a slow death. She had trouble breathing and could not walk very far. Today however, she is healthy and happy! Elephant Care International (ECI) initiated the Nepal Elephant Healthcare and Tuberculosis Surveillance Program in 2007. Suraj Kali was among several elephants diagnosed and treated for TB. All treated elephants have survived and improved.
WHO reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2015, making it the top infectious killer worldwide. Elephants are susceptible to the human strain of TB and many elephants in the U.S. and Asia have been diagnosed with this dreaded disease. ECI initiated the Nepal Elephant Healthcare and Tuberculosis Surveillance Program in 2007. Our work has saved many elephant lives while also training veterinarians in Nepal to identify and manage this disease.
Elephant Care International is partnering with the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct a new EleVets program to deliver field-based training for veterinarians, immediate care for elephants, and collaborate with owners and mahouts to improve elephant welfare.