Photo Credit: Carlton Ward Jr.



Highly recognized, elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. Two species are traditionally recognized: the African elephant, listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, and the Asian elephant, classed as endangered.

One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat destruction and conflicts with local people. It is critical to conserve both African and Asian elephants since they play such a vital role in their ecosystems as well as contributing towards tourism and community incomes in many areas. So by helping protect elephants, we’re helping conserve their habitat, supporting local communities, and making sure natural resources are available for generations to come.  

SOS works to conserve elephants In Africa through specific programmes that aim to improve elephant protection and management, mitigate human-elephant conflict, and reduce poaching and the illegal ivory trade. Discover our projects below.

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