Hospital entrance with crane
The elephant hospital and mobile clinic run by the Thai Elephant Conservation
Center (TECC) are fantastic resources that provide medical care to elephants
absolutely free. The hospital at the TECC has nine qualified veterinarians
who work at the hospital every day 8.00am until 4.00pm and are also on
call 24 hours a day. At any one time there are 25 sick elephants under
treatment at the hospital.
In addition to treating all elephants, whether wild or privately owned,
free of charge, the hospital also provides education to people who have
an interest in elephant health and encourages students to commit to elephant
At any one time there are 25 sick elephants
under treatment at the hospital.”
The mobile clinic provides treatment for injured and
sick elephants free of charge throughout the rest of Thailand. In urban
areas where all too often the owners of the elephants do not understand
proper elephant care, the vets provide consultation and education in elephant
welfare and even provide a first aid box specially for elephant care.
The mobile clinic treats on average 100 elephants a year.
Typical Examples of Elephants Under Care at TECC
Here are a few typical cases of elephants that have been
Krungsee, a female elephant, privately owned from Tak Province, has
been in hospital the longest period, since January 1999. She is recovering
slowly after treading on a landmine that blew off the foot from her
right foreleg. She was walking near the Thai-Burmese border at the time,
an area that is frequently mined and which cause similar injuries to
many elephants, as well as killing and maiming humans of course.
Zrai is a male elephant from nearby Lampang and he has also been at
the hospital permanently since 1999. Zrai has now been donated by his
owner to the TECC and when he is fully recovered he will join the other
healthy elephants that are being well taken care of at the Center. He
may even become an artist. His condition involves serious infection
to his right tusk, something that his owner could not possibly attend
to without constant, expert veterinarian help.
Tui is a male elephant who was rescued from the streets of Bangkok and
brought to the hospital by his owner in June 2005. Tui, like hundreds
of other elephants that walk the streets of cities in search of food
and cash for their owners, was in bad shape and his prognosis was simply
“poor condition”. Elephants like Tui require a lot of TLC
(tender loving care), to be cared for in a stress free environment and
given proper nutrition as well as medication for a range of illnesses
including serious stress.
Kongtong is a privately owned male elephant from Phrae province who
started treatment at the hospital in January 2005 when he was brought
in after being shot in the leg by villagers who were afraid of him during
his musth period. He has a huge abscess on his lower leg where the bullet
was extracted and was in a serious condition as the abscess could not
be cut away without risking bleeding to death. Musth is a natural phenomenon
caused by a surge in reproductive hormones and can last for months in
some males. During musth the male will become aggressive, difficult
to manage and dangerous. To safely deal with musth, the mahout should
tether the elephant in an isolated place with sufficient food and water
and avoid making it work hard. Sadly the condition and these precautions
are not fully understood by some owners and tragedies can occur. Poor
Kongtong did not survive and eventually died, despite the best efforts
of the hospital vets.
The mobile clinic treats on average 100 elephants
a year. ”
Your Generosity Can Really Help
These four cases are typical of the problems that elephants face and which
need to be cared for. The hospital provides services completely free and
relies on donations. It never has enough money to care for all the sick
elephants in need.
If you would like to help financially, you can make donations to The
Elephant Hospital through this website. If you would like to make a donation
please go to the Donations Page.
All donations are gratefully received and can make a real difference. An official receipt will be issued.
You can also help support the cause of elephant conservation in Thailand simply by buying one or more paintings from us of course. To see the latest TEAG collections please View The Gallery.
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