Captive elephants need regular foot care to prevent infections. Our objective is to become proficient in foot trimming
in order to provide this service when needed.
10 January to 5 April 2017 – Our founder Lena Quénard spent 3 months in Nepal to continue her training in Elephant Foot Care with Nepali veterinarian technician Kiran Rijal. Lena has been in a daily routine of trimming elephant feet, reducing overgrowned, cracked and infected nails.
To learn more about this trip, please have a look at her blog!
10 to 23 September 2016 – Nepal Our founder Lena Quénard resumed training in elephant foot care with Carol Buckley, founder of Elephant Aid International / EAI.
To learn more about this trip, please have a look at her blog.
Most captive elephants live with serious foot problems. Long hours spent chained, standing in their own feces, a poor and inadequate food, walking on unsuitable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt – cause the nails to crack, the pads of the feet to become thin and bruised, wearing unevenly. This leads to infection and osteomyelitis, causing years of pain and suffering. Osteomyelitis causes the disintegration of toe bones, followed by the physical collapse of the elephant and their subsequent death.
Carol Buckley, Founder of Elephant Aid International is a specialist in elephant trauma recovery and is one of the leading authorities in the world on rescue, rehabilitation and welfare of captive elephants. Carol teaches elephant foot care to our Founder Lena Quénard, whose training began in January 2016 in Nepal. Carol has worked in Nepal since 2011 with various programs such as elephant foot care and building “chain free corrals” which allow the elephant to roam freely inside a safe place when not working. The goals of Elephant Aid International include to improve the living conditions of captive elephants, to train mahouts (elephant drivers) in positive management techniques so they can better treat and manage their elephants.
Elephants living a life free of chains are in better mental and physical health. The elephant’s feet are in better condition, stereotypic behavior, a sign of great stress and discomfort are eliminated. In Asia, after the working day, most of the captive elephants are chained about 15 hours a day.
Moey Association is working to help create enclosures for captive held elephants in Asia.