The IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group works with our talented and dedicated group of Partners that support skill and knowledge sharing, hosting the meetings, communicating AsESG activities and help in implementation of the activities of the Group.
The Group is chaired by Mr Vivek Menon. Ms. Heidi Riddle is the Vice-Chair and Dr. Wong Ee Phin is the Deputy Chair of the Group. Dr. Prajna Paramita Panda works as Program Manager for AsESG. Dr A. Christy Williams is the AsESG Red List Coordinator.
(Providing a funding support of US$50,000/year and above)
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (https://www.columbuszoo.org/)has a long history of supporting elephant conservation. In the past ten years, it has provided over US$524,800 towards 80 projects and organizations. Zoo staff actively participate in elephant conservation activities such as CITES working groups, AZA SAFE Asian Elephant program, grant reviews, IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, the EEHV working group, and elephant in situ and ex situ research projects. The Columbus Zoo President/CEO serves on the Board of Directors of the International Elephant Foundation. The Senior Curator and Director of Animal Wellbeing chairs the AZA SAFE Asian Elephant program.Conservation Partner from Columbus zoo is Dr. Michael Kreger
International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) Founded in 1969, saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. They also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as their campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.
(Providing a funding support of US$25,000-US$50,000/year)
AZA SAFE ASIAN ELEPHANT (SAFE), (https://www.aza.org/safe-species) , program focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their immense audience to save species. The AZA SAFE framework protects threatened species, builds on established recovery plans, prioritizes collaboration, implements strategic conservation and engagement activities, and reports conservation progress.
Colossal Biosciences Colossal is a breakthrough bioscience and genetic engineering company that builds radical new technologies to advance the field of genomics. Colossal creates disruptive technologies for extinct species restoration, critically endangered species protection and the repopulation of critical ecosystems that support the continuation of life on Earth.
(Providing a funding support of US$5,000-US$25,000/year)
The Saint Louis Zoo (https://stlzoo.org/)is dedicated to saving species and bringing people and wildlife together. Home to over 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered, its mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.
JTEF (https://www.jtef.jp/en/aboutus/)/), a nonprofit and NGO, contributes to protecting the world of wildlife by representing their voice and interests, so that global biodiversity and the natural environment of human beings will be conserved. Since 2009, JTEF worked to protect the entire natural ecosystems which support the tigers, elephants, and Iriomote cats.
ASIAN ELEPHANT SUPPORT , (https://www.asianelephantsupport.org/) is a U.S. non-profit foundation dedicated to the care and conservation of Asian elephants in their range countries and to the people whose lives are intertwined with this magnificent and endangered species
ABQ Biopark: , Located along the Rio Grande River near downtown Albuquerque, the ABQ BioPark consists of the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach. Welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors per year,it is one of the top tourist destinations in the state of New Mexico. the mission of the BioPark is fostering meaningful connections between people and nature and envisions a future where our communities are connected to nature and committed to its protection.
Mandai Nature, is a trusted wildlife conservation organisation in Asia, with a focus on protecting threatened species from extinction, protecting and restoring ecosystems, and creating benefits for local communities. Based in Singapore, Mandai Nature is the conservation arm of Mandai Wildlife Group and was established in December 2020 by Temasek and Mandai Wildlife Group. It focuses on reversing and slowing species loss, protecting and restoring ecosystems and habitats, as well as engaging and benefiting local communities. It also helps building conservation capacity and leadership for local organisations, and collaborate with global partners to link global, regional and local efforts for greater impact.
ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS (AZA), (https://www.aza.org/) , is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 235 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums meet the highest standards in animal care and welfare and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. In addition, they dedicate millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs.
Kolner zoo, is a scientific zoo that combines entertainment and education. The zoo is an important global player in nature and wildlife conservation initiatives in recent years. it effectively coordinates its actions and initiatives through national associations such as the Association of Zoological Gardens (VdZ) and internationally active and networked organisations such as the European Zoo Association (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos (WAZA).
World Wide Fund for Nature (www.worldwildlife.org) works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one mi llion members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. The support is by the Wildlife Practice of WWF-International.
Other Conservation Partners
(less than $5,000/year)
Hai Park Kiryat Motzkin is a municipal zoo located in the North of Israel. It houses many species in danger of extinction spread over a park area of about 17 hectares. Asian elephants are among the most popular species with the visitors The educational department of the zoo has a very good conservation education programme in place and offers its visitors an exceptional educational experience on how to help save various species in their range countries!
African Lion Safari® (https://www.lionsafari.com/)is a Wildlife Park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species. It is home to over one thousand birds and animals that roam freely throughout Reserves comprised of large areas of bush, grasslands and forest. African Lion Safari® is extremely proud of the international reputation it has earned for excellence in the care, management, and conservation of many endangered species, including Asian elephants.Conservation Partner from African Lion Safari is Mr. Charlie Gray
Denver Zoo works with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support animals through voluntary programs like the Species Survival Plan that facilitates the survival of many species by keeping zoo populations healthy and abundant. Additionally, Denver zoo participates in conservation and research projects at the zoo.