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. We believe conservation and development can be achieved in tandem. We can do most of the work ourselves, but we also welcome your support.
GOODBYE TO ONE OF ETHIOPIA'S BEST KNOWN GIANTS, SHULURE
This elephant brushed with death many times over his long life, and there is a sadness in the surprised relief that he has died of natural causes.
BENIN JOINS THE EPI
The Republic of Benin has joined the Elephant Protection Initiative, becoming the 21st member country, with one of the largest remaining elephant populations in West Africa.
EPI WELCOMES JOHN SCANLON AO
The EPI is delighted to announce the appointment of John Scanlon as acting CEO. John, a former Secretary-General of CITES, will run the EPI’s Foundation, or secretariat, working with the EPI’s 21 member countries to conserve elephants and secure a better future for rural communities that live alongside them.
THE ELEPHANT CRISIS
Africa’s elephants are disappearing. Some 20,000 are killed each year- that’s 55 every single day- mostly for the illegal ivory trade. The overall number has declined by about one third over the last decade. Many elephants now live in small and isolated populations; if current trends continue, they will be wiped out in the next decade.
"We can save Africa's elephants, but only if we all do our part. We need to come together to support National Elephant Action Plans."