Elephant Conservation Center

The Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) is one of the largest and most important elephant projects in Northern Thailand. Founded in 1993 and financed directly from the Thai royal house, a large area of several square kilometers is used. There is a training center for mahouts, more than 50 elephants who live here permanently as well as an elephant hospital.

The six white elephants, which are housed in the royal stables, are very special and unfortunately not open to the public. But also the huge tuskers which can be observed on the site are incredibly impressive.

The hospital reveals the position of elephants in Thai society. No other animal is given the honor that specially trained doctors take care of it. On-site care is just as free for every elephant owner as is the call to one of the numerous doctors who also examine and treat elephants at the location of their respective elephant camp.

The elephant hospital near Lampang treats sick elephants. Here blood is being taken.
In the Elephant Conservation Center elephant dung paper is made as well as in our project. Since there are more than 50 elephants living here there is also more paper to be made.


Close to the TECC is the donation-based project Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE). The hospital located here is in no way inferior to that of the state’s neighbor. Special media attention have been generated by two very special elephants. The two ladies Motala and Mosha independently stepped on landmines many years ago, which is why they unfortunately lack a foreleg. Especially the younger Mosha has a relaxed life with the specially made prosthesis at FAE.

On this picture she still is small. Mosha lost her leg not long after she stept on a land mine. As time went by several protheses were made so she can relax it during walking.

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