Our Elephant Research


Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a pioneering organization dedicated to the welfare and conservation of elephants in Thailand. Founded on the principles of ethical elephant tourism and a commitment to the well-being of these magnificent creatures, the sanctuary engages in cutting-edge research to better understand and address the complex needs of Asian elephants. Through collaborations with scientists, other NGOs, and conservationists, the sanctuary aims to contribute valuable insights into elephant behavior, diet, and ecology.

The three main data collection sets we focus on are:

  • Elephant foraging
  • Elephant association
  • Elephant behaviour

One key focus of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary's research is the study of elephant assoication and behaviour. Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals, and understanding their intricate relationships and activity is crucial for ensuring their well-being in captivity and the wild. The sanctuary employs observational studies, behavioral analyses, and advanced technologies to gain a deeper understanding of how elephants interact with each other, behave and forage. This research not only enhances the sanctuary's ability to provide optimal care for its resident elephants but also contributes to the broader field of elephant welfare.

Foraging data collection at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary plays a crucial role in understanding and supporting the natural dietary needs of the resident elephants. Through meticulous observation and data recording, the sanctuary's researchers document the elephants' foraging behaviors, preferences, and seasonal variations in plant availability. This information aids in the development of tailored nutrition plans that mimic the elephants' natural diets, promoting their overall health and well-being. Ultimately, the foraging data collected at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary contributes to the broader understanding of Asian elephant ecology, facilitating informed welfare practices and reinforcing the sanctuary's commitment to providing the best possible care for its residents and beyond.

You can find our publications below.

Foraging Ecology of Semi-Free-Roaming Asian Elephants in Northern Thailand (October 2020)

Expedition report: Studying Asian Elephants in the hills of Northern Thailand to increase their welfare and conservation (October 2023)

Elephant encounters: Studying Asian elephants in the hills of northern Thailand to increase their welfare and conservation (November 2022)

Elephant encounters: Expedition report: Studying Asian elephants in the hills of northern Thailand to increase their welfare and conservation (November 2019)