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.

Ulinzi Africa Foundation

Kissama Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation

Tsavo Conservation Group

Fauna and Flora International

African Conservation Foundation


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


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

Last week Botswana successfully hosted the first EPI Implementation Board workshop, with the purpose of setting the priorities for the...

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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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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 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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Somalia joins the Elephant Protection Initiative

The Federal Republic of Somalia makes historic move and signs on as 14th Member State to growing African-led elephant protection initiative.

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The Legend of Tarzan Partners with the EPI to Save the Forest Elephants of Gabon from Extinction

BURBANK, CA – June 1, 2016 – Leading up to the July 1 st release of The Legend of Tarzan,...

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Sierra Leone Joins the Elephant Protection Initiative just ahead of World Environment Day

Her Excellency Madam Haddijatou Jallow of Sierra Leone easily stood out in the crowd of delegates attending the United Nations Environment Assemb...

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US Adopts Near Total Ban on African Elephant Ivory Sales

Kevin Freking, Associated Press June 2, 2016 The federal government will enact a near total ban on the domestic sale of African elephant ivor...

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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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