Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS)

WWF's Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) grew out of recognition that conservation success for these endangered large mammal species and their habitats will only be possible through a landscape-based approach that goes beyond isolated protected areas and addresses issues of land-use practices in the surrounding areas.


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Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) radio tracking on Indian elephant, Chitwan National Park, ... rel=
Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) radio tracking on Indian elephant, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
© Michel Gunther / WWF

New hope for dwindling populations

Striking a balance between human and animal needs

With proactive social, economic, and biological analysis, AREAS believes that a balance can be struck so that wild species get the secure core areas and forest corridors they need, while people can pursue agriculture, forestry, and other forms of land-use in a more clearly planned and sustainable manner.

In an ambitious program that brings together cutting-edge conservation biology with trade monitoring, socio-economic analysis, and policy advocacy, AREAS promises new hope for dwindling populations of elephants and rhinos.

Safeguarding pachyderms, their habitat and other endangered species

AREAS provides a cohesive approach to conserving the three Asian rhino species and the Asian elephant, nested within the WWF network programmes.

The conservation of AREAS priority landscapes will not only safeguard a future for Asia’s wild elephants and rhinos, but also protect many of the most biologically important places in Asia and other countless endangered species, including the tiger, orang-utan, and many other species.


  •  The WWF Wildlife Crime Scorecard report selects 23 range, transit and consumer countries from Asia and Africa facing the highest levels of illegal trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts.

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