Factsheet: African Elephant
African elephants are 'flagship' species for their habitats - that is, charismatic representatives of the biodiversity within the complex ecosystems they inhabit. Because these large animals need a lot of space to survive, their conservation will help maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity over extensive areas and so help many other species.
In 2000, WWF launched a new African Elephant Programme. With 40 years of experience in elephant conservation, WWF’s current programme aims to:
- increase protection and management of elephants in Africa
- build capacity within elephant range countries to manage and protect mitigate conflict between humans and elephants
- control the illegal trade in elephant products.