Project Description

Ex Situ – Relevancy of African and Asian Elephants in Zoological Facilities

Conservation education is a significant component to accredited zoological facilities. Historically, one metric used as an indicator of conservation education impact has been number of visitors. This study attempts to explore the impact of visiting a zoo on a person’s knowledge, attitude, and behavior. The goal is to examine the overall influence and relevant factors that lead to conservation intent with respect to African and Asian elephants post viewing at accredited facilities. While not directly related to illegal ivory trade, this study will allow better understanding of how experiences with elephants in human care can change visitor interest in changing their consumer behavior.

International Elephant Foundation Strategy In Support Of Elephant Conservation

IEF-supported projects protect elephants from poaching, seek solutions for human-elephant conflict, equip and train community conservationists, increase our knowledge of the treatment and prevention of disease and educate people. In 2017, IEF will provide over $600,000 to support elephant conservation around the world, adding to the over $4 million total invested in conserving elephants since our inception in 1998. The following elephant conservation projects will receive support from IEF in 2017.