The Elephant Art Gallery and the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
The Elephant Art Gallery works with the elephant artists at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), also known as the National Elephant Institute (NEI), which is administered by the Forest Industry Organisation.
The TECC is a government agency with the largest number of elephants under its care. Established in 1969, the TECC moved to its current facilities in Lampang, about an hour’s drive outside Chiang Mai, in 1991. Later, in 2002, the TECC was renamed the National Elephant Institute (NEI), under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galayani. In administrative terms the NEI is an offshoot of TECC, which aims to play a bigger role in problems concerning elephants, to manage solutions and coordinate the efforts of government and private concerns, and to establish unity in addressing problems to enable elephants, the symbol of Thailand, to remain with us into the future.
The TECC is only partly government funded and so it relies on private contributions in order to continue to undertake its good works effectively. The Elephant Art Gallery is a private business whose objective is to support both the wider causes of TECC (through education of the public about the plight of Thai elephants via this website) and to directly channel private funds into the Center, specifically for the welfare of elephants and their mahouts. We do this in two ways, by donating money for every painting that we sell and also by acting as a conduit for donations to reach the recipients quickly and efficiently.
If you would like to make a donation to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, please go to the Donations Page on this website.
All donations are gratefully received and can make a real difference. An official receipt will be issued.
You can also help support the cause of elephant conservation in Thailand simply by buying one or more paintings from us of course.