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Elephants are being slaughtered in unthinkable numbers. In many places in Africa, little stands between elephants and sophisticated criminal networks that will stop at nothing for their valuable ivory tusks.

The situation is dire for elephants, but you can help us save them. Make a tax-deductible gift to WCS before December 31.

African Elephants

The greatest challenge to both forest elephants and savannah elephants today is illegal killing to feed the ivory trade. Between 2010 and 2012 alone, some 100,000 were poached across the continent. In some parts of Africa, habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation are also threats, as is human­-elephant conflict.

Our Goal

A world where people and ecologically functioning populations of wild African elephants can co-exist and thrive across the elephants' range.

How will we get there?

We strive to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. We do this by:

Why WCS?

28 percent

WCS sites and landscapes cover 28% of the African forest elephant population.

14 percent

WCS sites and landscapes cover 14% of the African savannah elephant population.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

On Our Strategies

Protect Elephants and Their Habitat

We support rangers and help government agencies better manage rangers' patrols using SMART (the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool). In addition, WCS helps protect elephants at key sites through the use of intelligence networks and aerial surveillance.

Build Capacity in Range States

WCS has helped or is currently helping develop and implement National Elephant Action Plans and Strategies with a number of countries, including Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda.

15 countries

WCS works in 15 of the 38 African elephant range states.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Monitor Elephant Numbers

For African savannah elephants, WCS is a key partner in the Great Elephant Census, a Paul G. Allen Project, leading the counts in 11 countries, including Mozambique, Uganda, and South Sudan.

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