Beginning in 1994, Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary hosts an annual International School for Elephant Management. This is the only comprehensive course of its kind. The curriculum covers every aspect of elephant care and management, from nutrition and husbandry, to foot care and reproduction.
Over the years that the School has been in operation, students have come from all over the United States, as well as Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Japan, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe.
Guest speakers include elephant research scientists, elephant veterinarians, wildlife conservationists, zoo architects, and other elephant experts. In addition to extensive press coverage, the School has been featured on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and Good Morning America on ABC television. The School is held in two-week sessions, one for experienced elephant managers, and one for interested persons who have little or no practical experience. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. For more detailed information, please contact us.
Our staff is often called upon for consulting work at various facilities around the world, and is available to assist institutions with any elephant management issues. For more information about consulting needs, please contact us.
The International School for Elephant Management targets two experience levels:
- Professionals (persons having worked full time for at least one year with elephants)
- Non professionals (persons interested in, or desiring to work with elephants)
Participants learn elephant care and husbandry, free and restricted-contact handling techniques and the interpretation of elephant behavior. The handling and training is demonstrated with the sanctuary's twelve elephants - male and female, African and Asian.
This unique course is taught by the sanctuary staff, assisted by various guest speakers who are experts in fields as diverse as elephant anatomy, reproductive assessments, chemical communication, medical evaluations and behavior.
The school registration fee of US$1800 includes tuition, transportation between the Little Rock Airport and the sanctuary, all meals, and modern dormitory lodging (2 persons per room) at Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Early registration is recommended, as the limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the School term is filled will be put on a waiting list and will be notified if space becomes available due to cancellation. Applicants need to be 18 years of age and older. A $200 deposit is required and will be applied toward the tuition cost.
To request a registration packet please email firstname.lastname@example.org