Elephant Research and Education Center


About us

Elephant Research and Education Center (EREC)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

The Asian elepant (Elephas maximus) is the only extant species in genus Elephas (Elephantidae) and is distinct to the two species of African elephant (Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis). Of this three species of elephant, the conservation of the Asian elephant is of most concern and it is listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN (2008) which mean this animal has a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The estimated Asian elehant population over the world in the wild is 38,500-52,500 individuals and another 25,000 elephants are kept in captivity (Sukumar 2006). In Thailand, by 1965 the Department of Livestock Development reported there were only 11,192 domestic elephants and decreased to 3,456 in 2007. The wild populations are also estimated to be 2,000. At the current rate of population reduction, the number of elephants in Thailand may reach critically low numbers in only a few decades and not be self-sustainable in the future.

Elephant Research and Education Center (EREC) is a project constructed by Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, has been strating since October 2010. EREC aim to conserve the Asian elephant as well as the elephant-related culture by conducting the research and providing relevent informations to others.


  1. To be a center for education, research, service and development for Asian elephant about health, management, breeding and conservation
  2. To be a center of elephant in Thai culture especially Lanna culture, which aim to study and educate to people
  3. To be a training place for everyone who interesting in elephant both science and social aspects
  4. To support and promote elephant-related tourisms
  5. To promote university, province and nation which have an elephant as symbol


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

Chatchote Thitaram, DVM, PhD

E-mail : cthitaram@gmail.com
  Anucha Sirimalaisuwan, DVM, PhD
Senior advisor

E-mail : sanucha@gmail.com
Tulyawat Suttipat, DVM, MSc
E-mail : tulyawat@gmail.com
  Waroot Wongkalasin, DVM

E-mail : wwannakan@hotmail.com
Pornsawan Pongsopawijit, DVM, MSc

E-mail : pornsawan58@gmail.com
  Chalearmchat Somgrid, DVM, MSc

E-mail : nibivet@yahoo.com
Pinich Boontong, DVM

E-mail : pnbvet@hotmail.com
  Thittaya Janyamethakul , DVM,MSc
Research Veterinarian

E-mail : thittayavet68@gmail.com
Ratchadakorn Fumfeuay, BSc

E-mail : ratchadakornph@gmail.com
  Pallop Tonkeaw, BSc

E-mail : pallop_off@hotmail.com
Patcharapa Towiboon , BSc

E-mail : yeam_pat@hotmail.com
  Somporn Suriyun , B.ED.

E-mail : moobuk.202@gmail.com

Elephant National Institute, Lumpang

Sittidet Mahasawangkul, DVM, PhD

E-mail : msittidej@hotmail.com
  Taweepoke Angkawanich, DVM

E-mail : taweepoke@gmail.com
Wanicha Yodthonglert, BSc

E-mail : noon_song266@gmail.com

Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University

Daoroong Kangwanpong, BSc, PhD
University lecturer

E-mail : scidkngw@chiangmai.ac.th
  Siriwadee Chomdej, BSc, PhD
University lecturer

E-mail : siriwadee@yahoo.com

Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

Vilawan Svetsreni, BA, Mphil
Director of The Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture, Chiang Mai University

E-mail : vilawan@chiangmai.ac.th
  Anukul Siripun, BA

E-mail : Pingpong_095@hotmail.com
Noppong Sawangaum, BA

E-mail : nearts_050@hotmail.com