Did you know Asian elephants are endangered?
According to the IUCN Red List, the official list of species facing extinction, the Asian elephant is classified as ‘Endangered’. Over the last three generations, the population has declined by more than 70%. In the next three generations, it is projected to decline by at least another 50%.
In the 1900’s, there may have been as many as one million wild Asian elephants. By comparison, today’s numbers are grim. Loss of habitat, conflicts with humans (HEC), and poaching have reduced wild Asian elephant numbers to around 30,000 individuals.
Captive elephants are also suffering. Today, there are an estimated 15,000 elephants in captivity. Many of these captive elephants are working and struggling to survive in Asia’s profit driven, mostly unregulated, tourism industry.
Elemotion Foundation is a US registered, non profit organization. Working in both welfare and conservation, we aim to improve the lives of Asian elephants and the people connected to them.