Species fact sheet:African Elephant
African elephants are the largest living land animals. Once numbering millions across the African continent, their populations had been decimated by the mid-1980s by
Partners for wildlife:Tanzania WildlifeMigration:Tarangire Elephants
The vast savannas of East Africa support a multitude of some of the largest animals on Earth wandering in their endless quest for food, shelter and mates. The Africanelephant is one of these migrants. The Tarangire elephant project began in 1993 as Dr. Charles Foleys doctoral study on the effects of poaching on the socialsystem of the African elephant.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: African Elephant Ivory
Poaching for ivory is the most immediate threat to the future of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). The species is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a special rule that allows for certain activities that are normally prohibited.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceAfrican Elephant Conservation ActSummary Report1998-2000
The African elephant is considered a keystone species": that is, one that plays a pivotal role in the ecosystem. As modifiers of their habitat, elephants second only to humans. Many scientists believe that the ecological integrity of African savannas and forests depends, to a large extent, on the presence of ephants. Their disappearance may produce a cascade of changes in the environment that are as yet poorly understood.