All Blog Posts for Elephants

The author with President Kenyatta.
25th September 2015 Azzedine Downes
Discussions with @UKenyatta @PresidentKE @JudiWakhungu to increase wildlife security in East /Horn Africa @aworipat pic. Read more »
HISTORIC: China, United States agree to protect elephants with domestic ivory ba
25th September 2015 Azzedine Downes
China and US to halt domestic commercial trade in #ivory https://t.co/JQc5AQCCpf #WildlifeTrafficking @POTUS pic.twitter.com Read more »
Every year since 2013, the IFAW East Africa team makes a trip to Amboseli.
25th September 2015 Jacqueline Nyagah
Every year since 2013, the IFAW East Africa team makes a trip to Amboseli tucked away to the south of Kenya to meet with the Read more »
Private management of farmed animals is not conservation
8th September 2015 Azzedine Downes
The Earth is not a warehouse. And living, breathing animals are not inventory. Pseudo-conservationists often argue that we Read more »
The only real way to stop the ivory trade is to close the loopholes once and for
3rd September 2015 Peter LaFontaine
The California Senate just passed, by a 22-13 vote, a landmark bill that would help protect elephants and rhinos halfway Read more »
The animals are prodded and clubbed to force them to engage in certain behaviors
21st August 2015 Carson Barylak
As efforts to protect wild elephants through regulation, awareness, rescue, and law enforcement move forward, cities around 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!