Elephant Conservation

"This much is certain: the richest wildlife communities in Africa are found neither in pure woodlands nor in pure savannas but in areas where the two general types of habitat meet and become interspersed with each other. Elephants are one of the most important agents influencing the dynamics of that mixture, and their activities generally increase the overall biological diversity of a region. Conserving elephants, then, becomes much more than an issue about how to protect a single great species. It is about protecting one of the forces that shapes ecosystems and helps sustain the wealth of wildlife found across much of the continent. It is about saving the creative power of nature."

"The Fate of the Elephant" by Douglas H Chadwick, published by The Sierra Club, ISBN 0-87156-635-4

Adopt An Elephant Family in the Amboseli Reserve

Through the ELEFRIENDS Project of the Born Free Foundation, you can adopt a Family of Elephants which means help support the ongoing research operations in Amboseli Game Reserve in Africa. This is the continuing program originally begun by Dr. Cynthia Moss who lived thirteen years among the elephants and produced books and enormous amounts of previously unknown scientific data about Loxodonta Africanus.

For Info:
Elefriends Project
Born Free Foundation
Coldharbour, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6HA England
Telephone: 01306 71209
Fax: 01306 713350
Remember to add the telephone country code from your location when calling or sending a fax.


The annual cost of adoption is only 17.00 Pounds British. They accept VISA cards. Strictly non-profit organization chartered by the British government. You receive photographs and a video as well as occasional newsletters and other material.

Elephant Conservation Organizations List

The internet URL's listed for these groups may not be current ... things change over time. If you get a "Page Not Found" error message, you can use a search engine to find the current web site. These links were all valid when tested 2008 10 13.

Born Free Foundation
RBB&B Center for Elephant Conservation
The Elephant Sanctuary
World Land Trust - Indian Elephant Project
International Elephant Foundation
Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
World Wildlife Fund
African Wildlife Foundation
African Conservation Foundation
Elephant Care International

Africa’s elephants
1900 – 10,000,000
1979 –  1,300,000  past 79 years lost 8,700,000 or 110,127 [1.1%] per year
1989 –    600,000  next 10 years lost   700,000 or  70,000 [5.4%] per year
2007 –    400,000  next  8 years lost   200,000 or  25,000 [4.2%] per year
If a straight line progression holds, all wild African elephants will disappear from earth in the next 16 years ... that is, by 2024 AD (as this is written in 2008).

The pressures on elephant populations include poaching by humans, mainly for ivory, and loss of habitat to expanding human populations and their activities. If the species survives, future humans will see tuskless elephants as the 'survival of the fittest' theory affects the outcome. Logically, the survivors who procreate will be those without tusks of sufficient size to interest humans.

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