We play a key role in the fight for elephants on the ground, from monitoring populations to managing protected areas to conducting anti-poaching patrols.
We do pioneering research. In a 2013 study, we found the number of African forest elephants had declined by 62% between 2002 and 2011. That shocking news spurred broad action.
We work with rangers on the ground. In Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve, which WCS co-manages, there have been zero recorded elephant poaching incidents in over two years.
We protect important strongholds. In the Republic of Congo’s Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, key forest elephant habitat, we helped increase ranger patrol coverage 85% between 2013 and 2015. In that time, overall poaching pressure dropped by a third.