They may seem common sense but it is crucial to formally adopt them and implement them. The Elephant Conservation Center strictly follow these rules and our staff and visitors can verify it anytime as our visitor’s programmes at the Center are actually designed around the observation of these 5 freedoms.
Simple, yet Vital
Freedom from malnutrition
by providing ready access to fresh water and a forest filled with natural foods to maintain full health and vigour.
Freedom from thermal and physical discomfort
by providing an appropriate environment including shade, access to water sources and social interaction with other elephants.
Freedom from injury or disease
by providing experienced mahouts or keepers who can handle the elephants without causing injury.
Freedom from fear and stress
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering (Implement positive reinforcement training techniques / Minimise public contact / Elephants free to move at will, escape and find refuge / Maintain elephants in social groups when at rest / No tethering during the day except for their own welfare).
Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour
by providing sufficient space where elephants are able and encouraged to dig, bathe, dive, forage, mud bathe etc. and enjoy the company of other elephants in a social structure of mixed gender and age.