Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV)


Date: 15-17 May 2017

Location: ZSL London Zoo & ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Elephant endotheliotropic herpes viruses (EEHVs) can cause acute hemorrhagic disease in young Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Clinical infections account for the majority of fatalities in calves in captivity, posing the greatest threat for sustaining a viable captive breeding population. To date, more than 80 confirmed cases have been reported in Asian elephants worldwide, with 10 confirmed survivors. EEHV has also been confirmed and suspected in both free-living and captive Asian elephant calf deaths in Cambodia, India, Thailand, Laos, Sumatra and Nepal.

There is still no recognised treatment for the virus and it has yet to be cultured in vitro. With only a small population that can be studied, it is essential to share all knowledge not just of advances in research, but also of each clinically ill elephant calf, the treatment it has had and the outcome, both good and bad. The international elephant caring community (keepers, researchers and veterinarians) congregate once every two years to exchange ideas. The next workshop will be hosted and organised by the Zoological Society of London and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Lectures will take place at ZSL London Zoo, and the practical aspect of the workshop will be carried out by studying the elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


Included in your registration are the Icebreaker on the Monday evening, lectures including coffee and lunch on Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning, and transport between ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to attend the practical on Wednesday.

Dinner and accommodation are not included. Please see a list of suggested hotels at the bottom of the page.

For queries, pleast contact Emma Heskett via 020 7449 6245 or emma.heskett@zsl.org.


Call for papers

Abstracts are invited to be submitted for the 11th International EEHV Workshop, London, UK.

Abstracts should present new research information on elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses relating to:

  • Reports of EEHV cases with a focus on findings related to diagnostic, treatment, disease management and prognosis.
  • EEHV molecular and serological diagnostic assays
  • EEHV pathogenesis and diversity
  • Host-virus interactions and vaccine development
  • Management of clinical EEHV infections

Please note abstracts should be submitted electronically to Dr Akbar Dastjerdi at the APHA (Akbar.Dastjerdi@apha.gsi.gov.uk) and the deadline for abstract submission is the 1st April 2017.  

Call for papers and abstract guidelines








15 May 2017


ZSL London Zoo –

Prince Albert Suite

Registration opens

18:00 - 21:00

Prince Albert Suite

Ice breaker

Drinks and a light buffet


Prince Albert Suite

Plenary/Welcome talk by Dr. Willem Schaftenaar


16 May 2017

8:00 - 8:30

ZSL London Zoo - Huxley Theatre

Reception, coffee/tea and pastries

08:30 - 10:30 Huxley Theatre Session I -  Elephant herpesviruses: around the globe
(Keynote speaker & 4 x 20 minute talks)
10:30 - 11:00   Break
11:00 - 12:30 Huxley Theatre Session II - EEHV virology
(4 x 20 minute talks)
12:30 - 13:30   Buffet lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Huxley Theatre Session III - EEHV: Host response
(Keynote speaker & 4 x 20 minutes talks)
15:30 - 16:30   Break and posters view
16:30 - 18:00 Huxley Theatre Session IV - EEHV therapy
(4 x 20 minute talks)


17 May 2017

08:00 - 08:30

Huxley Theatre

Coffe/tea, pastries

08:30 - 10:30 Huxley Theatre

Session V - Management of clinical EEHV
(2 keynote speakers followed by wrap up discussion)

10:30 - 11:45 Bus travel to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Pick up at ZSL London Zoo - Huxley Theatre

Drop-off at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Elephant barn

11:50 - 13:30

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Elephant Barn

Practical demonstration, including participation, in approach to infected calves, including rectal palpation

13:30 - 14:30

Griffin Room


16:45 - 18:00

Bus travel to London

Pick up at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Elephant Barn

Drop-off at entrance to ZSL London Zoo and/or at Baker Street


Suggested hotels

Britannia Hampstead Hotel 
15 – 20 minute walk from ZSL
Primrose Hill Rd, London NW3 3NA
We have a special rate of £55.00pppn with a £40.00 per night single room supplement, if you would like to benefit from this discounted price please contact emma.heskett@zsl.org for the designated hotel contact number and reference code

Holiday Inn Camden Lock 
10 – 15 minute walk from ZSL
30 Jamestown Rd, London NW1 7BY

Holiday Inn Regent's Park
20 – 25 minute walk from ZSL
Carburton St, London W1W 5EE


This meeting is subsidised by ZSL and the International Elephant Foundation for the sole purpose of facilitating dialogue between all those who are directly involved in elephant management and medicine. Please be aware that undergraduate students are welcome to register for the workshop but are unfortunately not permitted to attend the Icebreaker on Monday evening and will have to arrange their own transport to and from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on Wednesday. This does not alter the registration fee. Full delegates will have also priority for attendance and, as spaces at the workshop are limited, the organising committee maintain the right to cancel registration of students if the number of full delegates completes the workshop capacity.