Helping to save the world’s largest land mammals

Asian Elephant Support

Through Asian Elephant Support, the Zoo assists those who care for and conserve elephants in Asian range countries. 

Asian Elephant Support is a U.S. Non-profit foundation dedicated to the care and conservation of Asian elephants in their range countries, and to the people whose lives are intertwined with this magnificent and endangered species.  The number of elephants is declining in all regions, and injuries and deaths are increasing due to overwork and abuse as well as conflict between free-ranging elephants and humans.

Developing Field-friendly Techniques for Elephant Semen Cryopreservation

The cryopreservation of semen for use with artificial insemination (AI) has the potential to become a valuable tool in the management of Asian elephant populations. Elephant semen has proven difficult to cryopreserve, especially that of Asian elephants. Scientists at the Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) work with partners on developing a methodology for cryopreserving Asian elephant semen using simple field-friendly equipment.

Maintaining Elephants in Zoos

Elephants are important conservation ambassadors for their species and ecosystems. Experiencing elephants in zoos creates an emotional connection that can inspire people to help protect them. The Zoo participates in the Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP) through which elephant care facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) work in partnership to enhance the long-range plan for elephant care, management, conservation and research. AZA institutions ensure that each elephant has superior care that meets the needs of their social, behavioral, psychological and physical senses.

Working Towards a Cure for Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) is an elephant-specific viral disease that targets young elephants. The Zoo participates in a multi-institutional research project conducted by the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with the goal of finding a cure and creating a vaccine for EEHV.

You Can Help Save Wild Elephants

Behind the Scenes Tour

Have you ever dreamed of meeting an elephant up close and personal? Book an Elephant Extravaganza behind-the-scenes tour! Proceeds from your experience will fund conservation work in the field and help protect elephants in the wild.

Elephant Art

Support elephant conservation by purchasing original works of artProceeds from painting sales go directly to elephant conservation through the International Elephant Foundation.