- To secure and restore habitat crucial to the long-term survival of the wild Asian elephant
- To mitigate conflicts between humans and elephants
- To encourage community driven conservation
- To increase knowledge and support for the Asian elephant crisis in the Western World
Registered in 2002, Elephant Family has developed into a lean and focused force for the endangered Asian elephant. Acutely aware of overcrowding in the charity sector, we exist out of urgent necessity due to a serious lack of investment and attention going into their conservation. At present we are the only charity in the UK and Ireland who is solely dedicated to wild and captive Asian elephants. Our vision is a world in which the Asian elephant is no longer an endangered species and is able to live unthreatened within its own habitat.
In our increasingly crowded world, elephant are a problem: they are big, long-ranging and have vast appetites. To survive elephants need a lot of space.
- In the past 100 years Asian elephant populations have plummeted from 250,000-25,000
- Loss of habitat is the primary threat to Asian elephants
- Their forest homes are being cleared at an ever-increasing rate
- If current trends continue, the Asian elephant will cease to exist in the wild by 2050
Now, starving and stressed herds are marooned in ever-decreasing fragments of forest. They simply have nowhere to go.
But this is not just about elephants; starving herds are venturing out of their forest fragments and raiding villages, crops and wreaking havoc. Everyday terrifying reports of elephants killing humans and humans killing elephants hit the headlines. In India alone, hundreds of poor farmers have already died from what has become known as ‘human elephant conflict’.
Yet, there is still a solution: Corridors
Corridors are ancient migratory routes that now link one forest fragment to another – bridges between islands if you like.
Elephant Family and The Wildlife Trust of India are working together to secure as many elephant corridors as money can buy. Entire villages are being relocated out of the danger zones into brand new homes and farms.
Most importantly, this pioneering concept is actually working.
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