The Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary was created to protect elephants and other endangered animals of the region and to conserve their natural habitat. Read More >
David and Pam Casselman
Julie and Gilbert Alexandre
Richard Mc Lellan M.D.
Given their need to roam and their varied dietary requirements, elephants will not have enough open space to sustain themselves in the near future if the amount of viable habitat in Africa and Asia continues to shrink at current rates.
At today's rates of human population growth and deforestation, the Asian elephant species is under enormous strain and faces a dire future. Currently, there may be as few as 35,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.
Once numbering in the millions, the African elephant population has dwindled to between 500,000 and 700,000. Certain African nations report a decrease of their elephant populations by as much as two-thirds, and populations in some protected areas are in danger of being eliminated.
The Land Conservation program works in Africa and Asia, to fight deforestation and provide protected lands, like the EIC Sanctuary, free of development and poaching, where elephant families can roam freely and flourish.
In parts of Asia, elephants have traditionally been used as living tractors and bulldozers by farmers and loggers. Other 'broken' elephants are used as a novelty to increase the amount of money beggars can collect on city streets. Read More >>
Elephant poaching and the illegal trade in ivory is a multi-million dollar business, often run by highly organized criminal networks. Every year nearly 4,000 elephants are killed to sustain the illegal ivory trade. Read More >>
Elephants in the wild can travel up to 50 miles a day with their family groups. Zoo environments cannot meet the social and physical needs of these intelligent and majestic creatures. Read More >>
Elephants in circuses are routinely beaten with bull hooks and electric prods while being trained. These intelligent, social animals can live their entire lives in circus trailers. Read More >>