International Outreach

The Elephant Sanctuary is not alone in its vision of a better world for all elephants through improved welfare and a commitment to conservation. The Sanctuary is excited to partner with like-minded organizations in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, all working in their respective regions to improve the lives of elephants in captivity and protect the lives of elephants in the wild. Thanks to The Elephant Sanctuary Board of Directors, and with generous support from the Mark Hopkins Schell Trust and the Janet M. Johnston Foundation, funding is made available for projects dedicated to elephant conservation, field research, education, and welfare.

2022 Collaborations


Elephant Voices – Kenya
To continue research, fieldwork in Amboseli National Park, and further development of searchable database, The Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior, documenting the complex and diverse repertoire of African savanna elephant behavior and communication.

Elephants Without Borders — Botswana
For protection and care of orphaned elephants as they transition to a fully natural environment in the elephant range in preparation for release into the wild.  

Stellenbosch University — South Africa
To support ongoing research to improve the health and welfare of African elephants.

Utopia Scientific / Caitlin O’Connell / African Elephant Society — Namibia
For fieldwork in Etosha National Park gathering data on elephant behaviors, family hierarchies, conflict resolution over resources, and relationships of male elephants. 

Working Dogs for Conservation — Nigeria
To increase the presence of canine teams used to rapidly identify, track, and stop poachers in elephant range countries.


Animals Asia Foundation — Vietnam
To broaden the model for ethical tourism program, removing elephants from elephant riding tourism and developing opportunities for freedom to roam in Dak Lak province. 

Wild Welfare — Malaysia
To support fieldwork, education, and training for improved care and welfare of captive Bornean elephants at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Sabah. 

Wildlife SOS — India
To continue the Chhattisgarh Elephant Safety Project work in the mitigation of human-elephant conflict and the protection of wild elephants.


Elephant Haven— France 
For staffing and training to meet the needs of Gandhi, Asian elephant retired in 2021, and for preparations for additional retired zoo and circus elephants. 


Global Sanctuary for Elephants — Brazil
For support of expanding facilities for refuge, rehabilitation, and lifetime care of captive elephants in South America.

For information on previous years' international outreach, read more here.