Mankind's relationship with elephants is both ancient and fraught: For tens of thousands of years we have hunted them for food and ivory, captured them to use as beasts of burden and — ironically — employed them to destroy the forests they need to survive. Elephants have reacted to our encroachment by raiding the villages and crops of people who are often poor and marginalized, and who compete with them for living space.
Elephant Earth Initiative seeks to improve the lives of the world's largest land mammal by engaging with local people in areas where wild elephants live and where captive elephants are kept. We strive to:
- initiate and support the conservation of wild elephant habitat
- facilitate research of wild elephant populations
- provide education around captive elephant welfare issues
- help to develop humane and sustainable elephant tourism projects