WATCH: amazing move of four forest elephants in Cote d'Ivoire

A month ago in Western Africa we began our jumbo mission to take four elephants which were in conflict with the rural communities of Daloa, the third-largest city in Ivory Coast, and transfer them to Azagny National Park.

You may have been following our team’s efforts and the ups and downs of this last-chance operation through my posts. Now, this video above will take you first-hand through the various stages of our dangerous and difficult mission: exhilaration, sadness, laughter, misgivings, strong emotions and eventually the return to the wild of these four elephants saved from slaughter.

I am more than happy to share this video with you, without your support we would never have been able to undertake such a large-scale operation.

Without your words of encouragement, this operation would have been a great deal more difficult.

Thanks to you, four elephants from one of the sub-species most threatened with extinction were able to be saved.

I would like to thank you on their behalf.

In their new home, a protected verdant forest, I’m sure you’ll keep watching over them like guardian angels.


And, thank you to our partner, whose wonderful Animal Rescue Site fans helped support IFAW’s efforts to rescue these vulnerable elephants.

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
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Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
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