Advisors and Partners

ECC Network of Donors & Partners


  • Private Donations / Crowdfunding
  • Fondation Ensemble
  • UK Embassy in Laos
  • Les Machines de l'ile de Nantes
  • Greenclose Hotel
  • MCA Accounting
  • International Elephant Project
  • Elephant Care International
  • Temple tree
  • VESA
  • Asian Elephant Support
  • Team Dai
  • IRD Institut de Recherche sur le Développement
  • Elephant Temple
  • Australia Aid
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • C. Baudoin
  • Elephant Parade
  • P. Servan-Schreiber
  • Association Eco Faune / Zoo La Barben
  • J. Hunt
  • E. Labes
  • Basmati
  • Collège Robert Goupil Beaugency
  • AusCham
  • V. Van Wichelen
  • Relephance

We are proud to be part of the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group and contribute our experience to creating more awareness about both the problems and the possible solutions on how to improve health care and management practices for captive elephants in South East Asia.

Our Advisors:

Christopher Stremme, DVM is a veterinarian and a former elephant handler and trainer with more than 25 years of experiences in elephant health care and management. Since the last 18 years he has been involved in various captive and wild elephant welfare and conservation projects in several Asian elephant range countries. Since 2004 he is living in Sumatra in Indonesia where he has developed and managed an elephant health care program with a local NGO. Since 2015 he has joined the Veterinary Faculty at the Syiah Kuala University Banda Aceh as associate lecturer to head the development of Elephant and other wildlife veterinary training and teaching programs as well as the development of a wildlife ambulance. Christopher visits the ECC several times a year to provide our elephants routine checks and perform treatment when needed. He also checks our cows for pregnancies.

Janine L. Brown, Ph.D. is a Reproductive Physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival. Janine has helped establish ECC’s endocrinology lab and works with ECC to analyse hormones and DNA of the Center’s elephants and wild elephant populations.




Ingrid Suter, Ph.D. has worked and studied in the Lao PDR, specialising in captive Asian elephant industry changes, mahout attitudes and captive elephant population viability. She now holds a strong interest in analysing visitor values and beliefs, and the balance between animal welfare, visitor needs and species conservation.




John Roberts, Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation for Minor Hotels, John has been managing the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation for the conservation of wild and welfare of captive elephants since 2006 and has been overseeing an elephant camp in Thailand’s Golden Triangle since 2003. He is a member of the IUCN’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group, the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Working Group on the Illegal Wildlife Trade and is co-Chair of the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group.

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