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UFAW supports project to enrich the lives of captive elephants in Thailand

7 June 2017

UFAW is one of the supporters of a workshop project in Thailand aimed at improving the welfare of elephants living in captivity in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Dr Lisa Yon, a Lecturer in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham University and UFAW LINK member, has been instrumental in developing the workshop which is aimed at elephant owners, and mahouts from Thailand’s elephant camps.  The workshop will help participants develop a better understanding of elephant welfare, learn new and better training and care methods and so improve the welfare of these elephants.  

Dr Yon said: “We want to work together with the mahouts and elephant camp owners who are working to ensure the positive wellbeing of these elephants.

“The elephant is endangered, and within a few decades these animals could become extinct in the wild. The only ones we would then have left on the planet would be those living in captivity – we need to give those animals the best welfare possible.”

The workshop will run from 7-11 June.  More information can be found on the University of Nottingham’s website -  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2017/may/enriching-the-lives-of-captive-elephants-in-thailand.aspx