The African Elephant Fund is working to ensure a secure future for African elephants and their habitats

The African Elephant Fund is working to ensure a secure future for African elephants and their habitats.


Elephants are vital to our ecosystem. Yet the population of elephants is steadily dwindling, by almost 8 per cent every year.   We must step up efforts to manage and protect our biodiversity, including the African elephant.

Erik Solheim, Head United Nations Environment




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The Amazing World of Elephants documentary from the AEF project in Ghana entitled: Elephant Conservation Through Law Enforcement And Stakeholder Engagement In Mole National Park And Its Corridors.

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Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro-Magadi-Natron Ecosystem Aerial Mammal Count

The Government of Kenya officially launched the aerial census of elephants and other large mammals in Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem on 20 June 2018 at Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This project was approved for funding through the African Elephant Fund during the 10th African Elephant Fund Steering Committee meeting held in Kasane, Botswana on 1 to 3 March 2018.

The event was graced by the Government of Kenya officials, the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the United Nations Environment Programme (African Elephant Fund Secretariat), the local leaders and local communities of Kajiado County.

Amboseli and West Kilimanjaro ecosystem is currently experiencing challenges of land tenure, land use system, drought and climate change. These have impacted negatively on the elephant population resulting into loss and fragmentation of elephants’ habitat as well as human-elephant conflict. The collared elephant data has confirmed extensive elephant movement patterns between Kenya and Tanzania across the international boundary. These migrations are centered around Amboseli- Magadi area and West Kilimajaro-Natron in Tanzania that constitute the larger ecosystem. This ongoing aerial mammal count is expected to provide information on elephant numbers and trends in the ecosystem, and therefore advise on the appropriate management actions.

The aerial census is working to achieve the African Elephant Action Plan objective number five on strengthening range states knowledge on African elephant management by determining elephant population abundance and distribution in the ecosystem, determining elephant population trends in the ecosystem over time, identifying threats to elephant conservation in the landscape, fostering cross-border collaboration on elephant population monitoring and management as well as suggesting strategies for effective elephant management across the landscape.