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.
They say an elephant never forgets, but what they don't tell you is you never forget an elephant.
Endangered Ark Foundation's board respects the intimate understanding of the bonds and partnerships formed between animals and humans, and the need for human involvement and action to save endangered animals. We believe that through education, conservation, and preservation efforts we will ensure that people will able to experience the joy and wonder of Asian of elephants for generations to come.
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.
The Foundation was established in 1993 by DR & Isla Miller to help preserve the endangered Asian elephant species. 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 if these are breeders.
The Miller family’s elephant herd is one of the largest in the United States. Their herd consists of 11 Asian elephants in all, with 8 females and 3 males. They range in age from Dori Marie, the youngest baby, who was born in July 2015 to the matriarch of the herd Susie, who is 63.
The Endangered Ark Foundation consists of 3 buildings. The first building was the original building built in the 90’s. Which, it is now currently used as a work shop and a "Baby Barn". The females are housed here during their pregnancy (which lasts up to 22 months).
Building # 2 is the female barn. All but 2 of our 8 elephants are females, and most of them have been together majority of their lives.
Building # 3 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 # 3 also houses Obert (named after the founder’s father) also lives here. He is an 11 year old male, but he has not started breeding.
In addition to the specially designed hands off barn, the males have their own exercise area with chutes that can be closed on each end to allow for veterinary care, when needed.