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Welcome to
The Endangered Ark Foundation

The Endangered Ark Foundation is a private non-profit dedicated to ensuring the future of Asian elephants in North America, providing a retirement ranch for circus elephants, and educating the public about this endangered species.

Our Mission

We respect the intimate understanding of the bond and partnership formed between animals and humans, and the need for action to save endangered animals. We believe education and preservation efforts will ensure that people will able to experience the joy and wonder of the Asian elephant for generations to come.

Our History

Since 1993, Endangered Ark Foundation has sought to preserve the extremely endangered Asian Elephant. After more than six decades of caring, working with, and living with their elephants and other animals, D.R. & Isla Miller and his family established the Endangered Ark Foundation.

Our Founders

The Foundation was established in 1993 by DR & Isla Miller to help preserve the endangered Asian elephant species. The Miller Family’s EAF elephant herd is one of the largest in the United States. Their herd consists of 15 Asian elephants in all, with 13 females and 2 males. They range in age from Dori Marie, the youngest baby, who was born in July 2015 to the matriarch of the herd Suzy, who is 65. According to current statistics there are between 35,000 and 45,000 Asian elephants on earth. As of 2000, there were only 285 captive elephants in North America and only 35 of these are breeders.

Our Facility

The Endangered Ark Foundation consists of 2 main housing barns buildings. These barns serve as place to provide vet care, shelter from the elements and inclement weather, heated comfort in the winter months, and safety for our amazing herd.

Building #1 is the female barn. All but 2 of our 15 elephants are females, and most of them have been together the majority of their lives. There are expansions off of this facility for our special needs elephants to have the own space for therapy and other needed adjustments. There is also a special area for baby delivery that can provide seclusion for our expecting mothers.

Building # 2 is the male barn. It houses Tommy, a 20+ year old male, who has fathered the last 3 babies born at the Endangered Ark Foundation facility. Barn # 2 also houses Obert (named after the founder's father) born in 2003.


Beginning Saturday May 2nd all private and public tours will resume at the Endangered Ark Foundation. Adhering with the guidelines of our state and the in the best interest and safety of our guests all tours will be structured to follow social distancing standards. At this time all public tours will have limited quantities in order to keep tour group size smaller. Our full schedule is available online at this time! Make your reservation today!

We would like to thank all of our wonderful friends and supporters for your continued devotion and kindness during this time. We continue to wish everyone continued health and safety during this continued global crisis. On behalf of Whimpy, Tommy, Obert, Margaret, Suzy, Val, Libby, Lisa, Traci, Lillie, Alta, Delrita, Zola, Rosie, and Dori Marie we extend our deepest gratitude.

Upcoming Activities

Public Tours

The EAF offers public tours of our facility on Fridays, Saturdays, and most Sundays. Call or book online today to take a tour of our facility and meet our elephants!

Private Encounters

Get up close and personal with our elephants in a Private Encounter! Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend quality time with our herd in a personal setting.

Special Groups

Schedule a private visit for your school, student group, civic organization, business, youth program, or other special group to receive a special tour tailored to your group.

Elephant Expeditions

The EAF is partnering with Oklahoma Awesome Adventures to offer special day-long adventures with our elephants! Dates are limited, book today!

Cabin Rentals

Visting from out of town?

Oklahoma Awesome Adventures is now offering cabin rentals right next door to the EAF, featuring breakfast with the elephants!


We Need Your Support Today!

Hidden in southeast Oklahoma, the EAF is the second largest home to Asian elephants in America.


Tel: 580-317-8470

Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm


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