The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) is an international, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization of professional elephant keepers, administrators, veterinarians, researchers, and enthusiasts.
The EMA is dedicated to the welfare and survival of the world's elephants through improving communication, husbandry, research, education, and conservation.
The EMA grew from annual elephant workshops held at different zoos in North America that began in 1980. Officially formed in 1988, the EMA has now grown to an organization representing more than 200 individual members and 19 institutional members.
Our organization is comprised of Professional, Associate, and Institutional members who manage elephants throughout zoos and private sectors.
The members are led by our Executive and Board of Directors.