IUCN: Endangered | CITES: Appendix I | ESA: Endangered
Between 2011 and 2015, 29 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums reported taking part in a variety of field conservation projects benefiting Asian elephants, including the mainland, Sumatran, and Sri Lankan subspecies. Over those five years alone, the AZA community invested over $1.6 million in Asian elephant conservation. Additionally, facilities reported donating over $1.1 million to the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), an AZA Conservation Partner. The IEF is a charitable corporation dedicated to the global conservation of elephants through allocation of funds towards projects and species in need - support from AZA facilities to the IEF was directed to both Asian and African elephants.
Learn more about these projects, along with other field conservation and research efforts undertaken by AZA member institutions, by visiting AZA's Conservation and Research Database. Institutions report projects and update existing projects on a yearly basis, and these data are used for AZA's Annual Report on Conservation and Science and related publications.
Elephant TAG Chair: Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo
Elephant TAG Vice Co-Chairs: David Hagan, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. and Charlie Gray, African Lion Safari
Asian Elephant SSP Coordinator: Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo
Asian Elephant SSP Vice Coordinator: Charlie Gray, African Lion Safari
Studbook Keeper: Cory Nordin, Saint Louis Zoo
Elephant TAG/SSP Education Advisors: Jennifer Wilson, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
SSP Field Conservation Advisors: Peter Leimgruber, SCBI & Deborah Olson, International Elephant Foundation
Asian Elephant Fact Sheet
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to Asian elephant conservation, please contact SAFEasianelephant@aza.org.
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