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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IEF has devoped to a well known, international Organisation, which supports conservation, Research and education worldwide. Looking back it is amazing how many elephant -projects have been started, supported and orgánised! The work of IEF made a difference for the African and the Asian elephants. Different to most similar organisations is that IEF consists of a Team of real specialists with decades od experience and expertise in all of these Topics! And this makes IEF unique adn enables a huge Impact in practical conservation of elephants.

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

nothing

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2014

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International Elephant Foundation has been key in linking range country conservation projects to supporters in their effort to help elephants all over the world. IEF also brings stakeholders together to develop strategies for assisting elephants. Major efforts inlcude workshops for elephant disease both in North America and in Asia. IEF is currently working to better forcus support to key conservation initiatives between donors and range country conservationists. No other organization has been as effective on so many different levels to help elephants.

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2012

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This organization has contributed to over 2.6 million dollars to elephant conservation and research programs internationally - almost 90% of all funds raised go into these programs. IEF is supporting anti-poaching rangers in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Sumatra. Thousands of wildlife snares (which cruelly kill and maim) have been destroyed and human communities have been provided assistance to develop alternative sources of income to poaching and habitat destruction. IEF is well respected by their partners in elephant range countries and supporters around the world.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Over 95% of the monies received by the International Elephant Foundation goes directly to fund elephant conservation projects. About half goes to help African elephant and half to help Asian elephants. The African elephant is facing increased poaching for Ivory and many countries are struggling to maintain their numbers of elephants. Asian elephants are critically endangered and less than 35,000 are living in free-ranging conditions. Most of these elephants live outside protected National Parks, so they are facing pressure due to Human Elephant Conflict over scarce resources. The International Elephant Foundation is composed of elephant experts from many fields related to the care of elephants both in captivity and free-ranging environments. Elephants are at a critical point, help us to help elephants to survive into the future.

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

Changes as a result of training at an government elephant camp in Sumatra which now performs animal inventories of the national park, and anti poaching patrols on elephant back, as well as educational activities in surrounding villages.

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

Try to find ways to find additional funding to support more worthwhile project proposals.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I am a charter board member

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Annual funding of proposals for range country elephant conservation

What is its top priority in the long run?

Stategic planning for long term sustainablilty of research and educational projects.

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