Elephant Veterinary and Nursing (Thailand)
For centuries, elephants have been trained to battle and. In Ayudhaya’s wall mural in Wat Yai Chhai Mongkol, The Great
King mounted on Elephants fighting the Burmese Crown Prince to defend the kingdom. When it was a peaceful time,
especially white elephants were used to honor the king. They have also been noted for their intelligence and loyalty.
White elephants, in fact, are rarely complete white. The skin has to be very pale in certain areas to qualify as a "white
elephant". Elephant plays role in arts and crafts too.
The volunteer/internee will help veterinarians and nurses, native Thai elephant at the Ayudhaya’s elephant camp which
shelters hundred of elephants. Most of the elephants in the camp are not caught from the forest. They are bred by ethnic
family in that community techniques have been passed to generations to generations. You will own an elephant and
work with the Mahut (elephant trainer) during your volunteering & internship. Recommendation letter and certificate will
be granted to the volunteers/internees after complete the whole length of project.
Working days: Monday – Friday (09:00 -15:00 hrs)
Fee (US$): our fee is estimated to be affordable and reasonable for the volunteers/internees to achieve when compared
with relevant conservation and veterinary projects offered by other organizations. It varies with the program length and
specialization. Part of your fee is to sponsor your elephant buddy for his/her livelihood and “big” nutritious feed.
1. Program I: Basic Nursing and Elephant Control
Activities: observe behavior and learn to control, feed, bath, clean cages, collect elephant’s dung to recycle and
produce paper and basic for elephant control
2. Program II: Elephant Veterinary & Nursing
Activities: Elephant observation & control, feeding, bathing cleaning cage, diagnose for disease and treatment
and elephant husbandry and breeding
Note: it is helpful if you please send us your research proposal before sign up for this program so we can help
you to develop further methodology and selection of elephant population!!!