Camps listed here have fulfilled the strict ACES accreditation criteria. Camp accreditation takes an approximate month to fulfil, not including any additional information that may be requested by ACES auditors. Comprehensive detail about the ACES camp assessment process, evaluations and rankings can be found at our Standards & Criteria and Accreditation Process pages.
In brief, camps are eligible to receive one of three levels of camp accreditation: Gold, Silver or Bronze. A fourth and separate category is Conservation, and can be applied to a camp with any level of camp assessment, be it Gold, Silver or Bronze. Under ACES camp evaluation, a camp displaying Conservation characteristics holds specific requirements, including species conservation polices; access to fresh rivers or bodies of water; sizable land; the protection of bulls and not just cows; and may have plans for eventual species reintroduction into the wild. While the Conservation category is very unique, exceptional elephant welfare standards are expected throughout all ACES categories.
Sayaboury, Lao PDR.
As one of the only places in southeast Asia to rewild captive elephants, the Elephant Conservation Center is a must-see destination. Tucked away in remnant elephant habitat, the ECC is home to over 29 elephants. This is a passive-viewing center, where elephant education and conservation are at the forefront of priorities.
Taro, Bali, Indonesia.
With over 30 Sumatran elephants, Mason Elephant Park & Lodge offers rescued elephant respite from HEC and provides an enriching environment with excellent welfare standards. Close to Ubud, Mason Elephant Park & Lodge is an outstanding example of conservation triumphing adversity for these Sumatran elephants. Owned and operated by Mason Adventures.
Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand.
This award-winning production offers visitors to Phuket a real insight into traditional Thai culture, dance and artistic flair. Enjoy this spectacular evening and know that the elephants are cared for and receiving very high standards of welfare and enrichment.
This page will be updated as further camps complete the assessment process.