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African elephant programme

African elephant - Loxodonta africana - adult bulls drinking at water hole Sub-Saharan Africa.

African elephants are being threatened by illegal hunting for meat and ivory, habitat loss and human-elephant conflict. Most range states do not have adequate capacity to protect and manage their herds. If conservation action is not forthcoming, they may become locally extinct in some parts of Africa within 50 years!

In 2000, WWF launched a new African Elephant Programme. Building on 40 years of experience in elephant conservation, WWF’s new initiative aims to provide strategic field interventions to help guarantee a future for this threatened species.

The African Elephant Programme aims to conserve forest and savanna elephant populations across Africa by supporting projects that improve protection and management, build capacity within range states, mitigate human-elephant conflict and reduce illegal trade.

The programme works with elephant range state governments, local people and non-governmental partners that share its goals and objectives.

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