Asian elephants are an endangered species with populations located in a multitude of varying geopolitical, economic and societal contexts. Conservation does not exist in a bubble and there is no endless supply of money available to protect this species.
It is unreasonable for the tourism industry to expect least-developed and developing nations to have infinite supplies of resources available for species conservation. It is also irresponsible to place criticism on these nations, without offering any practical support,
assistance or positive industry reform assistance. At ACES we work with elephant camps and local governments to ensure elephants are supported, mahouts are qualified and camp staff are content. Better outcomes for people lead to better outcomes for elephants.
Responsible Travel extends beyond the elephant. ACES acknowledges all areas of elephant care and conservation, and works with local communities to create the best outcomes. Involving all stakeholders is vital.