ACES works alongside the world’s leading elephant veterinarians and researchers, tourism organisations, governments and industry partners to continually develop our welfare standards for captive elephants in Southeast Asia.


We welcome opportunities to collaborate with new partners – contact us to discuss how ACES can contribute to your research, training and tourism initiatives and development projects.


Dr Janine Brown

Dr Janine Brown is a world leader in Asian elephant physiology and endocrinology. Her work focuses on improving the management and conservation of endangered species, both in captivity and in the wild. Dr Brown is head of the endocrinology laboratory at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and is a world authority on elephant reproductive biology, amongst other specialisations. 

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Dr Bic

Dr Chatchote Thitaram is one of the world’s most well-respected names in Asian elephant research. His specialisations include Asian elephant reproduction, breeding, genetics, medicine and management.

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Dr Nin

Dr Chaleamchat Somgird has published extensively on many topics including elephant hormone regulation and production, physiology, EEHV and captive elephant management. 

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Dr Im

Dr Bansiddah is a highly experienced veterinarian and researcher, with focusses on the physiological functions of captive Asian elephants. 


Kim Klein

Kim has been the Senior Elephant Keeper at Houston Zoo since 2007. Houston Zoo’s elephant program is well known due to its research partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine to understand and manage EEHV more effectively.  Kim has been involved with eight successful elephant births at the zoo, and has travelled to the Lao Elephant Conservation Center twice to support their socialisation and enrichment program. 


Mr Kulpong Bunnag ‘Byrd’

The legendary Byrd is an icon of the Thai music scene. Byrd has achieved spectacular success both on and off stage. A highly accomplished businessman, former positions include Management Director of MTV Thailand and Vice President of Star TV. 

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Saravanan Elangkovan

Saravanan Elangkovan oversees the collection of elephants at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. He champions high standards of elephant care and management under human care. 


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