We do not agree with the expoitation of elephants in the tourism or logging industries but we must have a respectful relationship with elephants owners in order for them to allow us to help the elephants. So we work with them to improve the level of care. This program relies completely on the generosity of others, a little goes a long way over here, the smallest of donations really helps. To donate see our 'Get Involved' page. We hope to allow veterinary volunteers to join us in the future,
We found 6 different elephants in one camp with infected tusk cavities, some has been like this for as long as 10 years. They were all caused from the tusk being stolen from the elephant to be sold.
Dr Eve with the staff at Myanmar Timber Enterprise. Dr Eve took medical supplies for the logging elephants and spent the week working with the MTE Vets.
Shwe Htun & Chit Shwe Yee , 38 and 31 year old elephants have been used for logging since they were 19 years old. Both elephants have chronic abscesses at their shoulder caused from tight rope while carrying heavy logs. Burmese vets treat abcesses by doing surgery as its the quickest way to get the elephant back to work. Under sedation and with local anasthesia they completely remove the abcess capsule and fibrous tissue surrounding it and stitch back up. Post operative antibiotic, pain releif and cleaning is required, and complete healing takes 2 to 4 months.