THE WORLD’S ELEPHANT POPULATION HAS BEEN IN A DRAMATIC DECLINE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES FROM POACHERS, HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICTS, AND PROFITEERS. They are in danger all over the world. In Africa, 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory. That number is increasing yearly. In 2015, a terrible milestone was achieved when the number of elephants killed was more than those born. If this disparity continues, African elephants could face extinction within our lifetime. In Asia, poaching for ivory is a serious problem but additionally, elephants are being killed for their skin, making every Asian elephant a target. Because of this, Asian elephants could face extinction even sooner than African elephants. Additionally, in Asia, many elephants are forced to live an unnatural and cruel life by being kept in captivity for a variety of purposes: logging, tourism, cultural and religious activities, and transportation.
The current deterrents to end poaching and the cruelty inflicted on captive elephants aren’t enough - something new must be done to change the paradigm.
The Elephant Project has developed new ideas and new solutions to address the threats to elephant survival, providing them a new future free of cruelty and death at the hands of humans. Our three-prong strategy is designed to provide immediate protections to elephants while developing long term sustainable solutions to end this epic struggle.
We will challenge any government anywhere in the world whose policies and actions contribute to the senseless slaughter and inhumane treatment of elephants.
We will relocate elephants from areas where they are in danger due to human-elephant conflicts, environmental challenges, inhumane treatment, or poachers and support efforts to limit these conflicts when relocation isn’t feasible or in the best interest of the elephant.
We will create a safe, secure place where elephants live in peace through innovative corporate, government, and non-profit partnerships. Through these sanctuaries, we will protect elephants and ensure their safety while also producing prosperity for people in the region. This solution based on free and fair market principles will prove that a live elephant is more valuable to governments, communities, and the people than a dead one.
Our innovative solutions will help stop the senseless killing of elephants and the cruelty they face around the world. With your help we can make them a reality and bring an end to this epic struggle.