International Elephant Foundation

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 366 Azle TX 76098 USA

Mission: IEF creates a sustainable future for elephants. We generate and effectively invest resources to support elephant conservation, education, research, and management programs worldwide. Through our passion, expertise, knowledge and partnerships we inspire and engage people to ensure a vibrant future with elephants everywhere.
Target demographics: support Asian and African elephant conservation, expertise, and research.
Geographic areas served: any country with elephants
Programs: Mahouts and trained elephants patrol forests and the surrounding community protecting the forest and wildlife, reporting and interceding in forest crime, mitigating human-elephant conflict, and conducting wildlife conservation education programs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The International Elephant Foundation shares a common vision with committed individuals, professional elephant care experts and other professional elephant conservation organizations — a vision that includes elephants in the world’s future forever, both in human care and in the wild. I volunteer my time to the International Elephant Foundation because this organization is benefitting elephants around the world, both in situ and ex situ, through its conservation, research and education programs, to achieve this vision.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If you love elephants, you should support the great work of the International Elephant Foundation. Asian and African elephants around the world are benefitting from the support and efforts of this non-profit conservation organization. IEF and the researchers and elephant caretakers it supports care deeply about elephants and are working tirelessly to save these threatened species from extinction.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a professional in the field of elephant conservation and a personal donor to IEF, I believe in IEF. IEF's support of an anti-poaching team in northern Kenya has led directly to a higher level of protection of African elephants and a decrease in illegal poaching of these magnificent animals. Their long-term commitment to this anti-poaching effort shows that IEF is dedicated to long-term sustainable conservation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I could tell everyone about IEF and about the great conservation and research it supports. With more support, IEF could do even more for elephants around the world.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Most of the funds donated to IEF are used to support elephant conservation and research projects and programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

IEF has a tremendous record of effective use of funds with extremely low overhead costs.With one paid employee and a host of volunteers, over 90% of each dollar goes to help conserve elephnts arounfd the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel people need to realize that elephants are one of our most intelligent animals and treat them as such. The people that I know that take care of these marvelous creatures do so with love and care and try and educate people about them. Please support this anyway you can. Spreading the word is a great way!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Well, these guys are founded by the Center for Elephant Conservation--a training camp for elephants in Florida. These elephants, supposedly trained, are sold to Ringling Bros. to live the majority of their life inside a train car... honestly. Due to the FACT that many elephant trainers abuse their elephants while on the road with Ringling, I will happily give the IEF 1 star.

If you're skeptical, venture on the internet and find out yourself.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a traveling circus.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

cut their ties to Feld Entertainment, Ringling, and the CEC and do their own thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The IEF is a great organization that is doing wonderful work making the world aware of these beautiful animals, their problems and their goodness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have read about this organization and have high reguard for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more user friendly.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I would like to encourage publication of the good work that the IEF (International Elephant Foundation) has begun. Extinction of the elephant is unacceptable to me and to my family. I am familiar with the careers and practices of the IEF's founders. The IEF spends 98% of it's funds in ways that directly benefits elephants! They are not (yet) well known. If one believes that the elephant should be saved from extinction...support for the IEF is the place to begin your work in advocating for elephants! We can all help by spreading the word.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal interaction with those who operate the IEF and with several elephants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ramp up public knowledge of the IEF!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The IEF has broken ground in consolidating the dedication and knowledge of distinguished elephant professionals, veterinarians and enthusiasts to combat the challenges facing elephants on this planet. Diseases such as the vicious EEHV, tuberculosis and the ignorance of misinformed detractors threaten the existence of both Asian and African elephants. The passion and determination of members of IEF go a long way in replacing misguided emotion with informed expertise in the form of the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide, an IEF publication used as a major reference and text book in programs training entry level elephant handlers. IEF conferences attract the best minds in the field and create a forum of constructive exchange.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We use the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide in our courses and remain current on disease issues benefitting our herd of elephants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it possible for all elehant professionals to attend conference, which is impossible as elephants require hands on care 24/7 and not everyone can get away to attend.

 
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