How can you help
Unfortunately, the Asian elephant is a critically endangered species, with an estimated worldwide population fewer than 35,000 animals in the world. The problem may seem far away, but there are steps you can take to help the Asian elephant survive into the next century and beyond.
- The National Zoo at www.nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/asianelephants/ has live EleCam to view the elephant house and the elephants’ outdoor enclosure!
- Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary at www.elephantsanctuary.org has information on the proper care and handling of elephants, and you can even sponsor an elephant at the sanctuary.
There are a number of respected conservation organizations that are working to protect the Asian elephant and to educate the American public to the Asian elephant’s plight:
- International Elephant Foundation (www.elephantconservation.org)
As a founding member of the International Elephant Foundation, Ringling Bros. helps sponsor efforts to provide emergency veterinary care, supplies, research scholarships and grants to elephant researchers and trainers around the world.
- Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (http://www.slwcs.org)
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is the first organization established outside of Sri Lanka with the sole purpose to conserve the dwindling biodiversity of Sri Lanka.
- Wildlife Conservation Fund (http://www.wcs.org/) The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe.
- Asian Elephant Support (http://www.asianelephantsupport.org/)
AES provides financial support for the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries that meet criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.