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Captive Elephant Care
This genetically very valuable population represents about 30% of the overall remaining Sumatran elephant population and has an important role in an overall long-term conservation strategy by functioning as a wild elephant and wild elephant habitat management tool, conservation, education, and awareness tool, genetic back-up for a small and fragmented wild population, and as an elephant research resource. Therefore it is crucial to establish captive management systems and strategies which properly focus on the welfare, biological and physiological needs of elephants in captive care.
Through its work with the WKNP-ERU, KHS/CSNC is providing an example on how to employ trained elephants for conservation activities, and establishing proper elephant welfare. For this goal the KHS/CSNC Project Manager and Elephant Veterinarian Christopher Stremme collaborates with the Veterinary Faculty of the Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh where he is also lectures on elephant medicine and is the Coordinator for the Veterinary Faculty’s Wildlife Ambulance program.