TO THE ELEPHANT CRISIS.
We, the EPI, comprise 21 African countries determined to end the killing of our elephants. The majority of surviving elephants live in our countries. We span the continent, from east to west, from savannah to dense forests. We are Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone. We have plans to protect our elephants, but we know any lasting solutions must incorporate the needs of people who live alongside wildlife. In November 2020 the EPI’s secretariat, the EPI Foundation, announced a new focus on the mitigation and prevention of human-elephant conflict, in recognition of the changing threats to Africa’s elephants. Read our Vision 2030 here, and see our film on the challenges of human-elephant conflict around Ethiopia’s Babile Elephant Sanctuary here.
Happy World Wildlife Day 2022
Our Friend of the Month for June is Moses Lesoloyia, from northern Kenya. Moses is Project Manager for the Milgis Trust, working to improve the welfare of the Samburu and other nomadic peoples, and to conserve nature in a spectacular but fragile landscape. Moses features in a special film about northern Kenya we will be showing in an online event on July 6th, about the challenges of elephant conservation and
WATCH THE EPIF'S SPECIAL EVENT ON AFRICA'S CRITICALLY ENDANGERED FOREST ELEPHANTS
On the 26th of January 2022, the EPI Foundation hosted an exclusive film from Nigeria's Omo Forest Reserve, followed by a high-level discussion with governments from West and Central Africa and international experts.
IT'S TIME TO MOVE BEYOND IVORY
The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation (EPIF) believes that a resumption of legal international trade in elephant ivory, as recently advocated by some Southern African countries, will be damaging to elephant conservation and will not resolve the many challenges faced by elephant range states. The EPIF encourages countries and stakeholders to look beyond ivory to address these challenges.
"We are delighted that the EPI is re-positioning its focus and expertise to prioritise human-elephant conflict. Together we need to find sustainable solutions, where people can prosper and our remaining elephants are safe. The collapse of tourism revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic makes the challenge all the more urgent. We believe the EPI, with its continent-wide membership, is well placed to help find solutions"