African elephants are in crisis

Poached for their ivory. Pressured by habitat loss and degradation and human-wildlife conflict. Elephants in Africa are being killed at an unsustainable rate of around 20,000 a year.

The solution

The Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) is a comprehensive, unified, African-led response to the elephant crisis, with four key goals to securing a meaningful future for elephant populations and people across Africa:


Secure funding from both public and private sectors to implement the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP)


Close domestic ivory markets where they are still operating


Maintain the international ivory trade ban (established in 1989)


Put ivory stockpiles beyond economic use.


Signatories are countries (both range and non-range States) which have committed to meet the aims of the EPI. The EPI was launched by Leaders of Botswana, Chad, Gabon, Ethiopia and Tanzania in 2014, and since then more than 10 additional elephant range States have taken up the invitation to join them as signatories - by committing to the EPI’s actions to secure the survival of African elephants and their habitats.



Partners are intergovernmental organisations like the United Nations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like charities and private sector entities which are committed to the aims of the EPI. The EPI benefits from the support and expertise of a wide range of organisations, which work in partnerships with EPI member states to protect elephants in their habitats and stop the illegal ivory trade.



Wildlife Impact


Ulinzi Africa Foundation

Kissama Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation

Tsavo Conservation Group

About Us

Since its launch at the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in February 2014, the Elephant Protection Initiative has grown into the pre-eminent African-led, partnership-based and results-oriented elephant conservation initiative. An elected Implementation Board of African elephant range State representatives, supported by the EPI Secretariat, work together with partners to ensure its success. Together, two international NGOs, Stop Ivory and Conservation International, form the Secretariat of the EPI. EPI secretariat provides technical and financial support to EPI countries in meeting the EPI goals. They also support countries joining the EPI in being able to meet those goals.







EPI In Action


UK announces one of the world’s toughest ivory bans to help save Africa’s elephants

The EPI applauds the British government for a significant step in the fight against the illegal ivory trade. The UK...

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African leaders unite to speak out against ivory market

Governments and organisations from around the world are uniting to protect Africa’s elephants: more than 32 African countries having signed...

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The first workshop of the EPI Implementation Board

In the last week of February 2018, Botswana successfully hosted the first EPI Implementation Board workshop, with the purpose of...

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Upcoming: the EPI Implementation Board meets in Botswana

From the 27th February, the EPI Implementation Board will meet in Kasane for an intensive three-day workshop, to take forward...

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China steps up to save Africa’s elephants

The EPI member States have vocally applauded China’s historic decision to close its domestic ivory market at the end of...

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Francophone Africa scores several wins for Africa’s elephants

West Africa’s elephants have been among the hardest hit by the recent elephant- poaching crisis – but there is hope....

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The EPI’s expertise grows

We are delighted to announce the EPI co-Secretariat has appointed new team members to bring the necessary skills and resources...

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Strengthening Angola’s law enforcement and anti-poaching capacity

The EPI co-Secretariat has been awarded funding from the UK Government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund to work with the...

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The EPI’s NGO partnerships continue to grow

We are delighted to add the expertise of the Kalahari Conservation Society and Tsavo Conservation Group to the EPI’s NGO...

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Listen: Interview with Kate Brooks, “The Last Animals”

An informative interview with Kate Brooks, the critically-acclaimed photojournalist and director of the movie “The Last Animals.” K...

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Take Action

We are here to help bring people together under the Elephant Protection Initiative, and channel that support to provide the tools and funding urgently needed for the long-term, sustainable conservation of Africa’s elephants.

Countries join the EPI as signatories, and the secretariat will work with them to implement the EPI’s committments. Meanwhile, conservation, private sector and other organisations can pledge their support - either in principle or through invaluable funding to address the Elephant Crisis.

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