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  

1 person found this review helpful

I have yearned for a site that would keep me accurately informed on these issues. IEF is great. They are doing the lord's work, and I value them immensely. I have donated, and will again. Their administrative overhead should be a model for all nonprofits.

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I first came into contact with this organization through one of their educational events. I felt like donating after hearing about all the great work they do on elephant veterinary research. I didn't appreciate the complexity of elephant physiology and as an engineer, the work they do to advance this area really hits home for me. I mean, isn't the most important aspect of elephant welfare, knowing how to help them reproduce? I felt like my donation really makes a difference.

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What has truly impressed me about the IEF is their comprehensive approach to elephant preservation. It's not often that you see an organization that tries to help all aspects of a cause, in this case from research all the way to care and education. What made the difference for me in being a donor was the passion of the members and leaders for elephants. When I first met the people behind the scenes, I found educated professionals, who wanted to share and advance elephant knowledge vs many other organizations that only seem to speak and spread malice. This organization is truly doing right.

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I think this organization is great. I know that Mike Fouraker of the Fort Worth Zoo initiated and organized the conceptual meeting of the IEF. The Fort Worth Zoo supports many conservation efforts and I know that Mike Fouraker also organized the International Iguana Foundation. Kudos to those institutions who recognized Mike's vision (Indianapolis Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Peace River Refuge, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Southwestern Missouri State University, African Lion Safari, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey and Have Trunk Will Travel) and together formed the IEF. Two million dollars has gone to elephant conservation and research - that is fantastic!! I am a proud supporter of IEF.







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

My family and I have been able to enjoy the baby elephants at the St. Louis Zoo due to the IEF's support of EEHV research.

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

Not a thing, unless I could think of a way to help them raise more money.

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The International Elephant Foundation takes an active role in preserving and protecting this majestic species. It's a sad fact that elephants are losing their ability to survive in the wild. The mission of IEF is to assure that humans will be able to continue to see, learn about, and appreciate elephants for years to come.

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

I have seen the captive elephant population increase as the wild elephant population decreased.

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

No changes.

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The IEF is a valuable foundation that aids the community through its fine work with obviously elephants and provides nurture and care for them as they progress through their ages.

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

The efforts made for the benefit of the American Elephant

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

Not at this time

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The International Elephant Foundation provides a great and important contribution to the health, protection and future of all elephants. 100 % of it's funds goes directly to the elephants.

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2012

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The International Elephant Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit organization, made up of hardworking , dedicated professionals from around the world. The vast majority of proceeds (if not ALL) goes directly to benefiting elephants. All nonprofits should be run this way.

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

Reading the newsletters, making donations, and visit every zoo I can.

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

More publicity and donations

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I contribute to IEF as they help the elephants directly. It's so very important to the survival of Asian elephants that a cure for EEHV be found. Let's keep the babies alive!

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

the EEHV studies.

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

Not do a thing

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It is great to see people working for something greater than their own self interests. This is a grand effort for the planet and awareness of our place in it and our responsibility to the life that is all around us. I have found the group very well informed and interested in the elephants more than the politics, and yet willing to take on the politics (at their own expense) for the sake of the elephants. Information that leads to action that helps the cause and motivates the public. They are to be congratulated.

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I directed elephant shows at the Have Trunk Will Travel compound, and they have suffered the loss of a elephant calf due to elephant herpes virus.

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

See that they get the positive promotion they deserve.

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I feel quite comfortable donating to the International Elephant Foundation because I know they are committed to their cause and my donation will be used in the best possible way. Unlike many other organizations who purport to have the needs of their specific "cause" at heart, I know that is exactly how the IEF spends its time...in pursuit of the best possible life for Asian and African Elephants. I am so impressed with this organization and will happily donate to them whenever I possibly can.

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Their work to help raise funds to study the EEHV is amazing. Unfortunately, I 'knew' a baby elephant who died of this disease and hope this research will have positive results in the near future.

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

Tell them to trumpet (forgive me, I had to say this!) their work more so more people are aware of what they do.

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