Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson 

 

Gary Johnson is the owner of Have Trunk Will Travel, a California-based Asian elephant breeding facility. With over 40 years of experience, Johnson and his wife Kari are internationally recognized experts in elephant care and training and are widely recognized for their contributions to elephant management and husbandry. They can take credit for most of the Asian elephant work currently seen in North American television and movies. Mr. Johnson is well respected for his involvement in animal welfare issues and has served on the boards and animal welfare committees of many organizations. Gary and Kari Johnson are committed to finding means to diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent elephant deaths from Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus and to that end have raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund research. They agree that their greatest achievements are the births of four baby elephants at their ranch and the cooperation with other facilities which has resulted in several more elephant births: “We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to develop a dedicated and hard-working team of people who believe as strongly as we do in the importance of preserving this endangered species. Our lives are centered on a positive cause. We are devoted to promoting the health and welfare of elephants everywhere.” The Johnsons have been honored by their peers with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Elephant Managers Association.