The Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary was created to protect elephants and other endangered animals of the region and to conserve their natural habitat. Read More >



Founders' Circle
David and Pam Casselman
Julie and Gilbert Alexandre

President's Circle
Patty Shenker
Richard Mc Lellan M.D.

elephant photos
Mr. David Casselman photo


Mr. David Casselman is the Chairman of the Board of Elephants In Crisis and the founder of the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. He is a trial attorney and an animal welfare advocate who has lent his legal expertise to help fight cases of animal cruelty throughout Los Angeles.

Mr. Casselman is a Senior Trial Partner in the Los Angeles Law Firm of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten. He is the California President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of lawyers, each with a minimum of 20 jury trials.

Mr. Casselman is counsel for the lawsuit to remove long-suffering Billy the Elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo and into a reserve. He is a long-time friend of animals of all kinds, having provided millions of dollars of pro bono legal services to animals in crisis and those who try to protect them.

Mr Casselman founded the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in 2004. The sanctuary was created, in partnership with the government of Cambodia, to protect elephants and other endangered animals of the region and to conserve their natural habitat. More than one million acres of this rich forest landscape and its diverse wildlife population are now protected by the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

In addition to protecting elephants and other animals that live on the sanctuary, the project evolved to create an observation area where abused and abandoned elephants from the region could be rehabilitated. Further plans have evolved to employ, house and train veterinarians from all over the world for the medical treatment of the sanctuary's animals. Elephants and other protected animals are cared for in the sanctuary's observation area and then released into its forests, free of poaching, logging and development.

Mr. Casselman is also a recipient of the Voice for the Animals Foundation Animal Advocate Award.