All Content for Elephants

Historic relocation of forest elephants in Côte d’Ivoire
3rd February 2014 by adintino
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) on Tuesday completed a mission which can only be described as Read more »
With a New Year in China comes a new campaign
30th January 2014 by Grace Ge Gabriel
Chinese New Year is a time for giving, when millions of Chinese visit families and friends bearing gifts to celebrate the Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire African forest elephant move news round up
29th January 2014 by J.C. Bouvier
In the video overview above, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Director for France and Francophone Africa, C Read more »
ARCHIVE Photo  © IFAW/D. Gadomski
28th January 2014 by adintino
Members of the public are being urged to donate their unwanted ivory items to be crushed to raise awareness of the illegal Read more »
An urgent appeal to EU States: destroy your confiscated ivory stockpiles
27th January 2014 by Satyen Sinha
IFAW has joined with 10 other NGOs to urge EU member states to destroy their ivory stockpiles. It’s highly unusual Read more »
Two more elephants safely arrive at their new home in Cote d'Ivoire
25th January 2014 by Céline Sissler-Bienvenu
The sun rose this morning to a joyful day full of promises. Despite our fatigue, we all have enormous grins on our faces. Read more »
Take action to support greater protections for elephants

If you've already taken our elephant action, please take a moment to sign our petition to list Pangolins as "Endangered."

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering our petition to list African elephants as “Endangered” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). In March, the petition passed the first hurdle by receiving a positive 90-day finding from FWS. But now, the US government is conducting a comprehensive investigation to decide if elephants will receive full “Endangered” status. Currently, African elephants are only listed as “Threatened,” which sets a lower bar for protective measures.

That elephants need our help is clear. African elephant populations have declined dramatically in the last decade due to extremely high levels of poaching. It is estimated that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes, on average, for its ivory tusks – that is 96 animals a day! At this rate, some regional populations of elephants may be wiped out in the next decade.

Trophy hunting – overwhelmingly conducted by wealthy Americans – is another inhumane threat to these magnificent animals, because hunters target the healthiest animals and destroy their tight family bonds. An “Endangered” listing would be a huge step towards stopping trophy hunting and the trade of elephants in the US once and for all.

The Fish & Wildlife Service needs to improve protections for elephants as soon as possible. You can help by signing our petition showing support for listing elephants as “Endangered.” All we need is for you to fill out the form here, and we will submit this letter with your signature. Make your voice heard!