The Volunteer Elephant Forest Conservation Project, located in Mondulkiri province, is dedicated to helping the domestic elephant population and conserving their habitat.
The project primarily works with the tribal Bunong peoples in helping to conserve the elephants. There are approximately 54 domestic elephants remaining in Mondulkiri. The end goal is the improvement of the welfare and living conditions of the elephants and to provide a sustainable income for the Mahouts (elephant keepers) and their respective families.
The project also provides an alternative lifestyle for the domesticated working elephants closer to their natural living conditions in the forest. The elephant keepers are provided with an alternative income, while the elephants have a sanctuary, veterinary care and do not have to work long hours.