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Elephant Care International is working with partner organizations to help save the few remaining endangered elephants of Vietnam  

2014 Report
2015 Report


Elephants in Vietnam are on the Brink of Extinction

In the mid 1980’s there were 1000 wild elephants in Vietnam. Today there are only an estimated 60-80. The herds are small and fragmented. The largest herds are in 3 national parks: Yok Don, Pu Mat, and Cat Tien.

Wild elephants in Vietnam are threatened by illegal logging, illegal hunting, and loss of habitat due to conversion of land for coffee and rubber plantations.

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Human-Elephant Conflict a Problem

Despite the small wild elephant population, human-elephant conflict is a problem. There were 38 recorded conflicts in 2013. Since 2009, 17 elephants have been killed by humans. Teams investigate each incident and although there is a compensation scheme, it is not clear if it is in effect.

Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center (DECC)

The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center was established in 2012 to protect and conserve Vietnam’s elephants. Huynh Trung Luan, director of the center, said protecting domesticated and wild elephants are difficult tasks. The center was allocated 200 hectares of forest for conservation efforts, but Luan said it could take three years to complete an area designated for treating and protecting elephants. The DECC needs help.

Domesticated Elephants Are Also in Danger

At the time of our first field visit in June 2014 there were 49 captive elephants in Vietnam. This year alone, 5 elephants have died, some reportedly from overwork. The DLECC is working to provide care for the captive elephants but the veterinarians need training and resources to better diagnose and treat the remaining elephants.




  Dr. Thinh and Dr. Mikota (ECI) draining fluid from Thong Rang's knee.

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