The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) was set up primarily to help elephants that cannot help themselves: for those that find themselves, through abuse or through circumstance, unable to provide and maintain an income for themselves, for their mahouts and their families.

We believe that in an ideal world all elephants would be wild and there would be no need to discuss elephants’ work. Until we reach that point the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation works with our partner hotels to give and promote ethical work for those elephants that are able, while providing a safe, healthy environment for those that are not.

We perform rescues for elephants, mahouts and families; we cooperate with the government and other organizations in ‘bigger picture’ projects; and, at all times, we endeavour to ensure that net good is done and that our actions in helping one elephant do not adversely affect others.



The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation not only works with Captive Thai Elephants, but supports and oversees many other wild elephant and conservation projects…