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International Elephant Foundation
March 24, 2011

The IEF has broken ground in consolidating the dedication and knowledge of distinguished elephant professionals, veterinarians and enthusiasts to combat the challenges facing elephants on this planet. Diseases such as the vicious EEHV, tuberculosis and the ignorance of misinformed detractors threaten the existence of both Asian and African elephants. The passion and determination of members of IEF go a long way in replacing misguided emotion with informed expertise in the form of the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide, an IEF publication used as a major reference and text book in programs training entry level elephant handlers. IEF conferences attract the best minds in the field and create a forum of constructive exchange.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We use the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide in our courses and remain current on disease issues benefitting our herd of elephants.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it possible for all elehant professionals to attend conference, which is impossible as elephants require hands on care 24/7 and not everyone can get away to attend.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I train entry level elephant handlers for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus .