A rapid growth in elephant tourism has resulted in the poor treatment of elephants at some elephant camps.


Until now there has been no internationally verifiable standards of elephant camp welfare. Visitors do not know whether or not they are supporting a camp with high levels of animal welfare, or supporting cruel practices and poor living conditions.  

Through extensive research and expert advice, ACES believes that tourism can bring positive benefits to the captive elephant population, without compromising animal welfare or visitor health and safety.


Providing elephant camps with expert, independent & scientific advice in all areas of camp management


Asian Captive Elephants Standards has created best practice standards of welfare, living and working conditions for all elephants engaged in tourism.

We are the first international, transparent and independent company to propose this service. 

​There are over 10,000 captive Asian elephants. This is a critical population that deserves species conservation, management and high levels of welfare. ACES works alongside camps, governments, mahouts, universities and local communities to ensure all captive elephants are provided with the best care and conservation outcomes possible. 

The tourism industry is a vital part of the southeast Asian economy. Rather than condemn all elephant-based tourism, ACES believes that the tourism industry can play a positive and beneficial role in elephant conservation.


By supporting elephant camps that prioritise elephant welfare, you are supporting captive breeding programs, environmental enrichment, and you are part of creating positive industry change and reform.