African Elephant Programme: Partners

The WWF African Elephant Programme works in partnership with many other dedicated organizations and institutions, as well as local communities living alongside elephants.
Our major partners include:

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)

MIKE is a programme of the Convention on International Trade in Engangered Species (CITES). Its overall goal is to provide information needed for elephant range states to make appropriate management and enforcement decisions, and to build institutional capacity within the range states for the long-term management of their elephant populations.  More specific objectives within this goal are:
  • to measure levels and trends in the illegal hunting of elephants
  • to determine changes in these trends over time
  • to determine the factors causing such changes and to try and assess to what extent observed trends are a result of any decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties to CITES.

Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE)

DICE is a research and training centre based within the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kent, UK. Its mission is to integrate international conservation and sustainable development by combining natural and social sciences in designing measures to help conserve biological diversity. Among its varied programmes, DICE staff and students have focused on human-elephant conflict and its mitigation throughout Africa for almost a decade.

Elephant Pepper Development Trust

The Elephant Pepper Development Trust was established to promote chilli pepper production by the communal farming community in areas of Southern Africa where conflict exists between wildlife and farmers. EPD advises farmers on natural resources conservation and sustainable use of such resources in relation to the management of conflict with wildlife; facilitates improvement of the livelihood of the communal farmers by the development of chilli pepper as a cash crop; and assists farmers with marketing the crop through the Elephant Pepper range of products.

IUCN Species Survival Commission, African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) 

The IUCN/SSC AfESG is a group of technical experts focusing on the conservation and management of African elephants. Its mission is to promote the long-term conservation of Africa’s elephants throughout their range. The specific objectives are:
  • To compile and synthesise information on the conservation and status of the African elephant across its range
  • To provide and improve technical information on the conservation and status of the Africa’s elephants to range state government agencies, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, and non-range state governments
  • To promote and catalyse conservation activities on behalf of Africa’s elephants to be carried out by the above
  • To build capacity through the exchange of ideas, information and technical expertise among the members of the Group.
TRAFFIC logo - the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network


TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the conservation of nature. Working in close co-operation with the CITES Secretariat, TRAFFIC is a joint programme of WWF and IUCN - The World Conservation Union.

African elephants have always been an important focus of TRAFFIC's work in Africa. It has produced a range of technical outputs and assessments, including reports on the status of ivory stocks within Africa, the impact of the CITES trade ban on ivory trade in selected African countries, the value and conservation impact of a legal trade in elephant hide, and domestic ivory markets.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society is dedicated to saving wildlife and wild lands across the globe. From its roots at the Bronx Zoo, founded in 1895, WCS strives to realize this through a blend of experience through urban zoo management, exploration, field science, and long-term management commitment toward wild landscapes and threatened wildlife species.

The International Programme is committed to working toward conservation together with governments, donors, other international conservation organizations and local NGOs, and at grass roots level. In Africa, WCS funds research, training and conservation in 20 countries.

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