About Elephant Reintroduction Foundation

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization based in Thailand founded in 2002 as a Royal initiative of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand with the mission to reintroduce captive elephants into the wild, restore natural habitat with indigenous plants and wildlife, research and educate others about Asian elephants, and promote management of long-term survival of elephants in Thailand and around the world.

The mission of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation is to acquire either through donation or purchase captive elephants and reintroduce them to protected forest habitat to live as wild elephants.”

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation manages three vast forest sanctuaries in Thailand where, so far, ninety-three formerly captive elephants have been successfully released back into natural habitat. The elephants roam free and there are no tourists visiting these sanctuaries. To celebrate the work of the Foundation, World Elephant Day was created to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants worldwide because both species face numerous threats pushing them towards extinction.  World Elephant Day was co-founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Patricia Sims, and launched on August 12, 2012.

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation has a team of 28 field staff who are based in the three forest sanctuaries. They are all uniquely skilled and trained in forestry and wildlife management, conservation and elephant behavior.  Some of them have grown up with elephants and are former mahouts.

For the past ten years, the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation has kept a regular blog and website that is updated weekly to chronicle the lives of the elephants and the organization’s activities in the three forest sanctuaries.  All sponsorship and donation funds directly support the work of the Foundation and care for the elephants in the field.  The Foundation’s annual reports are independently audited yearly by Ernst & Young Office Ltd. and are available on the website.

To learn more please visit the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation’s website.

Donate to help keep elephants living in their natural habitat.

Your donations will support:

  • On-going protection and management of 3 vast forest sanctuaries in Thailand where reintroduced elephants are free to roam
  • Tools and supplies for field staff working in the sanctuaries to monitor and protect elephants
  • Veterinarian care
  • Purchase and transport of captive elephants for rehabilitation
  • Elephant research and education

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