All Content for Elephants

The destruction will ensure that these tusks will never re-enter the market for
25th January 2016 by Azzedine Downes
The call for nations to destroy their confiscated ivory stockpiles is still echoing around the world. The latest heed of Read more »
The author and Staci McLennan, IFAW’s EU Political Officer, Wildlife Programmes,
21st January 2016 by Jeffrey Flocken
Last week, IFAW participated in the 66th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Read more »
779 seized ivory tusks are laid out on the floor at Hong Kong Government Customs
15th January 2016 by Grace Ge Gabriel
Determined to crack down on ivory trade, Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said in his annual policy address the Read more »
Muchichili in the LEN boma.
14th January 2016 by Rachael Murton
A team from the Zambia Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) drove down to Lower Zambezi to rescue an abandoned and orphaned Read more »
World of Animals Issue 23
11th January 2016 by rbartlett
World of Animals Issue 23 Read more »
More than 32 Tonnes Illegal Ivory Seized in 2015
4th January 2016 by adintino
More than 32 tonnes (35 US tons) of poached ivory has been reported seized during 2015, with at least 18 seizures of amounts 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!