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Elephant Aid International

Cause Area

  • Animals


P.O. Box 283Attapulgus, GA 39815 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Elephant Aid International (EAI)’s mission is to end the worldwide suffering of elephants by creating innovative approaches to the care and management of elephants in captivity. EAI gives hands-on assistance to improve standards of care; teaches humane methods of training and handling; raises public awareness of the lives and needs of elephants; models new standards of care at its Elephant Refuge North America, where elephants can retire, recover and thrive.


Elephant Aid International (EAI) is a nonprofit organization that creates innovative approaches to the care and management of elephants. With the combined efforts of international scientists, veterinarians, mahouts, elephant owners and elephant welfare supporters, EAI is helping to change how the public relates to elephants; how elephant owners view their elephants; how mahouts (elephant handlers) and elephant caregivers train elephants; and how captive elephants are cared for worldwide. By providing education and hands-on assistance, EAI is working to end the worldwide suffering of elephant at a time.

Elephant Refuge North America (ERNA) offers a home for retired captive-held elephants in which they can live naturally and thrive. ERNA contributes to knowledge of elephant intelligence, biology and social needs by conducting non-intrusive research; fostering international dialogue on elephant welfare; and partnering with South Asian governments to establish elephant care exchange programs for indigenous mahouts. ERNA also advocates for improved welfare conditions in captivity and supports innovative methods to resolve human-elephant conflict.


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