Elephant Care International is dedicated to the health, welfare, and conservation of elephants and the sharing of information among elephant professionals.

Board of Directors

Susan Mikota DVM, Elephant Care International Director of Veterinary Programs & Research

Susan Mikota DVM
Dr. Susan Mikota is co-founder and Director of Veterinary Programs & Research for Elephant Care International. She is also a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group. She just completed her second book on elephant healthcare (with co-editor Murray Fowler DVM). She created and maintains the world’s largest elephant bibliographic database on elephant healthcare and with Donald C. Plumb, Pharm D. has published the first elephant formulary. Dr. Mikota was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work with Sumatran elephants. smikota@elephantcare.org

Stephen Alter, Board Member, Elephant Care International

Stephen Alter, India
Stephen Alter is the author of twelve novels and four books of narrative nonfiction, all set in India where he was born and raised. Among his books is Elephas maximus, a portrait of the elephants of India in culture and in nature. He has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Grant. His author page at Amazon is here and any books you purchase (or other items you purchase through this link) help support Elephant Care International.

Wilbur Amand DVM

Wilbur Amand VMD
Adjunct Professor of Zoological Med. (Retired), School of Vet. Med., Univ. of Penna.
Emeritus Vice President for Animal Health, Zool. Society of Philadelphia
Emeritus Executive Director, American Assoc. of Zoological Veterinarians
Emeritus Executive Director, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
Retired Editor, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Retired Managing Editor, Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery

Hank Hammatt Executive Director

Hank Hammatt, USA
Hank Hammatt is co-founder and Executive Director of Elephant Care International. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group. A former financial advisor and business owner, he has lived in Colombia, Indonesia, and in the rainforest of Belize (in a thatched hut without electricity or running water). He worked in Sumatra with Dr. Susan Mikota from 2001-2003 to improve the healthcare and conservation of elephants. He also does the website and photography.

Essential Support

Barb Vincent,  VT USA:  Veterinary Technical Support

Barb Vincent, VT USA: Veterinary Technical Support
Barb was awarded 1999’s “Excellence in Veterinary Nursing” as one of the top 10 Veterinary Technicians in the US. Barbara has worked both in the private sector and Zoo & Research facilities for approximately 23 years. She started working with Dr. Susan Mikota in 1998. Barb’s work with elephant healthcare and their conservation has become a passion. She has been a valued member of the Nepal Project team since its inception in 2005.