and thrive in natural habitats and societies End the capture and export of elephants from the wild and the exploitation of elephants in captivity Contact Us A future in which elephants live

about us

ESAI is a global alliance of elephant specialists who represents a range of disciplines, including natural science, conversation, behaviours and psychology, veterinary medicine, animal welfare, academia, and animal care and management.

Together, we work to provide the best possible fact-based information and scientific evidence to protect wild elephants from capture and export to ex-situ destinations and to end the exploitation of elephants in captivity

OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. Provide a “go to” source for fact-based information and scientific evidence relating to elephant health and welfare.
  2. Create public awareness of the intrinsic value and biological/psychological requirements of elephants.
  3. Inspire and support actions to protect elephants in the wild and in captivity.
  4. Promote the rehabilitation and release of captive elephants to the wild or, in the absence of that option, to facilities that aim to best replicate the ecological and social conditions that sustain wild elephant populations.
  5. Advocate for the effective protection of elephants and their natural social structures in the wild.

OUR STATEMENTS

 ESAI utilizes fact-based information, scientific evidence, and the voices of elephant specialists to stop the capture and export of wild elephants to ex-situ destinations and to end the exploitation of elephants in captivity. These are our latest statements:

Checking out of cruelty

We want a world where wild animals live in the wild where they belong. But one of the biggest barriers to this natural freedom is
global tourism.

Wildlife Crime Report

Trafficking in Protected Species 2020. The heedless exploitation of nature by humans has led to unprecedented biodiversity loss and a worsening climate crisis.

Taken for a Ride

The conditions for elephants used in tourism in Asia. This report documents the conditions endured by nearly 3,000 elephants used in tourist venues across Asia.

Assessment of the live elephant trade in Thailand

A TRAFFIC Report on the trade-in elephants in Thailand Documenting the extent of illegal capture from the wild to supply
the tourism industry

1770
Elephants in zoos
790
Facilities keeping solitary elephants
50000
Asian elephants in the wild
157000
Poached elephants in Africa (2010 – 2018)

Who We are?

Wildlife Director of Humane Society International / Africa

Zoological consultant, Curator, Director and Private Consultant

Director of Science, Research and Advocacy

Co-Founder and Trustee of Elephant Reintegration Trust and ESAG

Founder of
Elephant Aid International

Conservation Biologist and Environmental Consultant

Chairman of the Elephant Reintegration Trust

contact us

Elephant Specialists Alliance International

ESAI Logo FINAL transparent

ESAI utilizes fact-based information, scientific evidence, and the voices of elephant specialists to stop the capture and export of wild elephants to ex-situ destinations and to end the exploitation of elephants in captivity

Contact us

info@elephant-specialists.org

Our Statements

Read our latest letter to address urgent elephant issues

Resources

Access our archive with relevant resources and statements

Contact US