Asian Elephant Conservation in Thailand
ZSL and the Elephant Conservation Network (ECN) have been working together in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in western Thailand for many years, with the support of Thailand’s Department of Nature Conservation.
Together we are tackling the human-elephant conflict that threatens lives and livelihoods, helping to restore and protect the forest ecosystem, and enabling local villagers to develop sustainable occupations that do not harm the forest.
Sustainable livelihood initiatives
Steady increases in knowledge about elephants, crop-raiding and resource-use have achieved significant changes in attitude among villages and government officials towards elephants, NGOs and conservation.
Read more about human-elephant conflict in Thailand
Habitat restoration and protection
Salakpra and the surrounding area have been heavily exploited in the past, and its future depends on restoring the degraded habitat and protecting it from further damage.
Read more about forest restoration and protection
The Asian elephant is also an EDGE species. The EDGE of Existence programme was created by ZSL and focuses specifically on threatened species with a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. Find out how EDGE is working on the conservation of the Asian elephant