All Blog Posts for Elephants

How education and a HELP partnership complete our projects in Malawi
26th August 2014 Azzedine Downes
Liwonde National Park in Malawi is a special place for me. Not only is it home to numerous charismatic animal species, but Read more »
19th August 2014 Vicki Fishlock
One of the females from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) social disruption study in Amboseli National Park Read more »
On World Elephant Day in India, a “thumbs-up” for the elephants
18th August 2014 Sheren Shrestha
In the sweltering humid heat of Delhi, Dr Mayukh Chatterjee, Achintya Tripathi and I were back in school. Figuratively Read more »
Chartered flight brings rescued baby elephant “Ntubya” to Zambia orphanage
18th August 2014 Sarah Davies
Last Wednesday, an 18-month-old elephant calf, named “Ntubya” after the village in which she was rescued, safely Read more »
Spotlight Zambia: The secret life of Chodoba
14th August 2014 Sarah Davies
A milestone event was witnessed at Kafue National Park in Zambia last month. The 9-year-old rehabilitated orphaned elephant Read more »
12th August 2014 Jason Bell
At the current rate of elephant poaching in many parts of Africa, this crisis should be a matter of daily concern. World 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!