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Vision Statement

We are the catalyst for creating a sustainable future where elephants thrive by linking people and elephants for their mutual long-term benefit.

Mission Statement

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.

The members of IEF identify projects and funding to support elephant conservation programs consistent with the principles of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Taxon Advisory Group/Species Survival Plan (AZA TAG/SSP), the Species Management Programme (ASMP) of the Council of Governing Bodies of Australasian Zoos, the Joint Management of Species Group (JMSG) of the British Federation of Zoos, the Europaiesches Erhaltungszucht Programm (EEP) of European zoos, the African Propagation Program (APP) of the Pan African Association, the South East Asian Zoo Association (SEAZA), and the Indian Endangered Species Breeding Program of the Central Zoo Authority of India (IESBP).

Things to Know About IEF

  • IEF was formed in 1998 by managers and directors of facilities that manage elephants in human care.
  • IEF has provided over $4 million to elephant conservation and research programs internationally since inception.
  • IEF has supported over 120 elephant conservation and research programs.
  • The current board has over 350 years of accumulative experience in wildlife and elephant handling, management, research and conservation.
  • Since inception, over 88% of funds raised have gone to conservation and research programs.
  • Board members receive no compensation for time spent on IEF business.
  • IEF has supported Elephant Conservation Centers in Sumatra since 2000.
  • IEF produced the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide in 2004, the most recognized document on elephant management. The second addition is being worked on now.
  • IEF awards conservation and research grants annually.