Asian Elephant


Status: Endangered

  • Habitat loss is a major threat to Asian elephants. A booming human population in their range means competition for the same land. Elephants are also threatened by poaching for the ivory trade.
  • The current population is estimated to be between 41,000 and 52,000 individuals. The Asian elephant’s range has shrunk from 3 million square miles to about 188,000 square miles.

What the AZA Community is Doing

  • In the last five years alone, 30 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums took part in a variety of field conservation projects benefiting Asian elephants.
  • Over those five years, the AZA community invested over $1.5 million in Asian elephant conservation, plus an additional $650,000 to support organizations such as the International Elephant Foundation (IEF).
  • AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are actively involved in projects that address human-elephant conflict, support anti-poaching teams, and raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade.
  • AZA SAFE will further these efforts by harnessing the collective power of the 229 AZA member institutions and our 180 million visitors, connecting partners, and creating and executing a conservation action plan to help Asian elephants in the wild.

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How You Can Help

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