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 has been working in Nepal since 2006 to improve elephant healthcare, train veterinarians, and survey for tuberculosis (TB). Meet our vets and some of the elephants we know. Learn more…
Vietnam is developing an Elephant Conservation Center. Elephant Care International is providing advice, technical support, and helping with two orphan elephants Jun and Gold. Meet Jun and Gold and read more. Learn more…
Myanmar has 5000 elephants in captivity. Elephant Care International is helping to train elephant veterinarians, provide technical support, and develop welfare guidelines for Myanmar’s emerging elephant tourism industry. Learn more…
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. Learn more…