All Blog Posts for Elephants

The author reviews analytics printouts with IFAW Chief of Staff Fay Cuevas and G
1st April 2016 Tim Spalla
This is the first in a series of reports from IFAW’s tenBoma team in Kenya If there is one thing I have learned from Read more »
Muchi browses at the front, with Nkala right behind him. Musolole is to the far
28th March 2016 Rachael Murton
The small orphan who was emaciated, stressed and covered in warts when rescued has put on weight and seems more at ease Read more »
Musolole (centre) is greeted at the Release Facility by Tafika.
23rd March 2016 Rachael Murton
Orphaned elephants Zambezi (Bezi) and Musolole have taken their first steps towards a life back in the wild. Last week, they Read more »
A petition to list African elephants and pangolins warrants a review.
15th March 2016 Jeffrey Flocken
Tomorrow, the US government will issue “90-day Findings” on two technical petitions that IFAW partnered in Read more »
11th March 2016 Mark Hofberg
Early this week, Curtis Wilmington, the owner of the Oahu gifts retailer Hawaiian Accessories, Inc. pleaded guilty to Read more »
Today’s Congressional forum will feature thought leaders from the US government,
8th March 2016 Faye Cuevas, Esq.
It has now been a year since the International Fund for Animal Welfare and partners launched tenBoma, the groundbreaking 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!