ASIAN ELEPHANTS - ENDANGERED
It is estimated that at the beginning of the 20th century there may have been more than 100,000 Asian elephants in the wild, however numbers have fallen by at least 50% over the last three generations, and they are still in decline today. Elephants used to roam across most of Asia, but they are now found in just 15% of their original range.
There are a number of factors which have contributed to this population decline, but the most significant of these include habitat loss and fragmentation, human-elephant conflict, poaching and disease.
HOW CAN I HELP?
While saving wild Asian elephants might seem like a daunting task, there are a number of small and easy steps you can take to help ensure their survival.
SUPPORTING THE BIODIVERSITY AND ELEPHANT CONSERVATION TRUST
The future of Asian Elephants in areas such as Sri Lanka is an uncertain one, and both long-term and short-term strategies are urgently needed if these elephants are to be saved. Awareness is one of the conservation strategies that has been adopted, especially for those living in the areas of human-elephant conflict.
The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT), a charity who's aim is to educate, inform and change people’s attitudes towards these magnificent animals, have launched an awareness programme in schools in areas where there has been conflicts. The interactive programme addresses the value of elephants, the causes of conflict, how to minimise the conflicts and stresses the need for conservation.
BECT also carry out vital work in the field, including training vets on specialised programmes, supporting the families of those killed by elephants, studying and tracking elephant travelling routes, monitoring baby elephants after they have been reintroduced into the wild and surveying the tame elephant population in Sri Lanka.
With the incredible generosity of our visitors, we have been able to raise over £35,500 over the past 12 years to support BECT and the fantastic work they do. This is something we are extremely proud of and hope to continue to do as we work to develop our new elephant facility.