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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Teri10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.