Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a non-pro t organisation dedicated to improving and protecting the lives of Asian elephants. They facilitate the return of captive, working elephants to protected forest habitat through community, educational and research partnerships
Currently, nearly 5,000 elephants endure life in trekking camps in Thailand, giving rides and performing tricks for tourists. Meanwhile, wild elephant populations are dwindling. MEF works with mahouts living in and caring for an 8,000-acre protected area of forest, used to release captive elephants back into native habitat.