Monday, February 17, 2014

Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management - 2014

Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management - 2014

This is an International training course on the management of nutrition, health, reproduction and breeding of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The course has two components: (a) a stand-alone distance learning (online-based) course of 6 weeks duration that can be done from the participant’s home country, and (b) a hands-on practical training course of one-week that will be conducted on-site in Sri Lanka.
The distance learning course is designed to provide participants with background knowledge in elephant anatomy, physiology, nutrition, management, reproduction, breeding, health and diseases. It will include interactive on-line discussions with tutors, quizzes, an individual assignment and a terminal assessment. It is designed to provide the knowledge necessary for participants to fully engage in and benefit from the on-site practical training course.
The on-site course will include one day of lecture/discussions at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science of the University of Peradeniya, followed by 4 days of practical training and demonstrations at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (PEO) and the Elephant Transit Home (ETH), plus a game drive through the Uda-Walawe National Park (UWNP). The PEO has a herd of over 85 elephants of all ages and a highly successful natural breeding programme that has produced over 70 calves. The ETH is engaged in rehabilitating, conditioning and returning orphaned elephant calves back to the wild. It has a population of around 40 calves at any given time and has released over 100 calves back to the wild. The UWNP has an extent of 30,000 ha, contains a rich diversity of fauna and flora, and is home to over 600 wild elephants. Participants will therefore have a unique opportunity to gain experience on different semi-captive and wild elephant management systems.

Course Dates - Applications Close May 1st 2014

Registration12th May – 18th May
Unit 1Elephant Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition and Management19th May – 25th May
1.1Relevant Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
1.2Nutrition and Feeding, Body Condition Scoring, Neonatal Care
1.3Management / Preventive Care (Range Countries and Western Zoos)
Unit 2Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology and Management26th May – 1st June
2.1The Female Elephant
2.1The Male Elephant
2.3Breeding and Parturition Management
Unit 3Reproductive management, Semen Collection and AI2nd June – 8th June
3.1Endocrine Monitoring of Females
3.2Endocrine Monitoring of Males
3.3Semen Collection and Evaluation
3.5Artificial Insemination
3.6Conservation Genetics
Unit 4Health, Diseases, surveillance and restraint9th June – 15th June
4.1Health and Physical Examination
4.2Diagnostic Aids
4.4Disease (Non-Infectious Diseases and Infectious Diseases)
4.5Restraint and Anaesthesia
AssessmentSubmission of Assignment Report & Test16th – 19th June
Practical componentSri Lanka: University of Peradeniya, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Transit Home and Uda-Walawe National Park (Programme available on request)7th – 11th July
Optional Post-Course ToursCan be arranged on request: Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, etc.12th July onwards

Course Partners

RVC LogoCrest Pinnawela logo Dept Wildlife Sri Lanka logoChiang Mai LogoSmithsonian Institute Logo
This course is a collaboration between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Department of National Zoological Gardens and Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka, Chiang Mai University and National Elephant Institute in Thailand, the Royal Veterinary College in London (UK) and the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in the USA. It is partially sponsored by the British Council and Bayer plc UK.

Applications Close: May 1st 2014

Download our Registration Form Here Further information:

Reduced fees

The number of places on both the distance learning and practical courses for participants from “Asian elephant range countries” and for students are limited, as these places are on reduced fees. If you require further information regarding fees or any other details, please email your details to

Partially Funded by

British CouncilBayer logo


Elephant Training Course Costs

Course FeesOnline ComponentPractical ComponentCombined Fees
Range Countries*£50£150£200
Reduced Fees**£150£400£550
Non range countries£350£400£750
* Nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, plus Singapore
**Students (you must prove that you are a registered student)
International Travel to Sri LankaNot Included
Airport Transfer from Colombo Airport to KandyNot IncludedLKR (Sri Lankan Rupees) 7,500 (approx. cost)
Internal Transport associated with the courseIncluded
Stay in Kandy (6th, 7th and 8th July)Not IncludedApprox LKR (Sri Lankan Rupee) 5,000-6,000 /night for 2-3 Star type Hotels. Cheaper options in guest houses will be available for students and those on a more limited budget
Stay at Uda Walave (9th and 10th July)Included
Lunches during the courseIncluded
Breakfast and evening meals at Uda WalaveIncluded

Optional Post-Course Tours:

The following tours with overnight stay and jeep safaris can be arranged for individuals or groups based on prior requests: - Visit to Yala National Park (prime location for spotting leopards) - Visit to Bundala National Park (Ramsar Wetland, prime location for bird-watching)

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