The iconic African Elephant, our largest land mammal, has long been one of the planet's
most celebrated species. It plays a critical role in the biodiversity of its own habitat,
while its remarkable intelligence gives it a unique appeal that draws admirers from
all over the world.
Watch these short films to learn more about why the EPI exists.
The poaching of elephants and the trafficking of ivory is largely controlled
by organised crime. An estimated 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa
from 2010-2012. This does not just pose a threat to elephant populations;
it threatens the integrity of whole ecosystems, as well as local livelihoods, national economies and regional stability.