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A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Multiple elephant range countries in Africa and Asia, and the United States

Focal Species

African and Asian elephants

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

African elephant (threatened), Asian elephant (endangered)

About the Project

The International Elephant Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to elephant conservation, education and research. IEF funds worthy elephant conservation and research projects worldwide and encourages cooperation, capacity building and education through annual scholarships, workshops and symposia. 

IEF-supported projects protect elephants from poaching, seek solutions for human-elephant conflict, equip and train community conservationists, increase knowledge of the treatment and prevention of disease, and educate people.  IEF has invested over $3 million around the world in conserving elephants since its inception in 1998. 

The organization was established in 1998 by a group of zoos, circuses and other elephant care facilities to enhance and promote elephant conservation around the world. The IEF Board of Directors includes representatives from institutions that collectively care for more than 150 Asian and African Elephants in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.


Elephants at Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo’s Elephant Forest exhibit evokes the tropical forests of Asia where humans, elephants and other wildlife share—and often compete for—habitat. The exhibit explores the conservation crises impacting wild elephants, while offering up close experiences that inspire visitors to learn, care and act.


To learn more:

Read the Asian elephant fact sheet
Explore the 96 Elephants conservation campaign