- 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.
How You Can Help
Spread the word! Let your friends and family know that Asian elephants need our help.
Visit: Your visit to an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium not only supports the well-being of the animals you see, but also supports conservation efforts. Find an institution near you
Guess who? Download our free TailsUp! app and play with your friends. It’s free to download but offers in-app purchases – and 100% of AZA’s proceeds supports conservation work. Available on the iTunes store and Google Play.