We are currently allowing our elephants to participate in noninvasive studies that we feel will benefit the national data base. This, in turn, will better the lives of all elephants in captivity, including our own. Veterinarians and students from universities across the country are invited to study our group of elephants as well as receive samples (blood, stool, and/or urine) for their work. The captive population of African elephants is very threatened by our inability to successfully breed in captivity. Should tragedy strike in the wild, we could lose the species entirely therefore, we feel the captive elephant population is an insurance to all elephants and that all responsible captive elephant managers are obligated to participate in any scientific programs which might minimize this risk.
E.A.R.S. is situated on a 50 acre USDA and California Fish & Game approved and licensed facility in Northern California that already houses one African elephant. Our elephants are enjoying their retirement at Vision Quest Ranch. Please read more about the elephants, on our "Elephants" page. Past fundraisers have allowed EARS to provide a pool for the elephants to bathe in. Please read more about our efforts on our "Fundraising" page.