December 15, 2016
BENEFITING: Trunks & Leaves Inc
The premise is simple: to conserve a species, you have to first understand it. Help us learn more about Asian elephants, and find ways to protect them!
Asian elephants are classfied as "Endangered" under the IUCN Red List. This means that they have suffered dramatic population declines within just a few decades. Few people realize that the number of Asian elephants alive today is just one tenth the number of African elephants! We tend to take Asian elephants for granted, perhaps due to their long history of being used in captivity - even though they have never been domesticated. Elephants have had an important place in human culture, but expanding human populations and our need for resources is pushing elephants to the brink.
The Uda Walawe Elephant Research Project (UWERP) in Sri Lanka is a unique long-term study of Asian elephants in the wild. It follows the lives of nearly 600 animals who make their home in and around Uda Walawe National Park, and is the only dedicated study of its kind for Asian elephants.
Much less is known in comparison to their savannah-dwelling cousins, the African savannah elephants. This study has uncovered many new and surprising insights about Asian elephants, and the threats facing them.
In addition to its scientific audience, this study has touched popular audiences through coverage in the BBC, New York Times, and National Georgraphic. Donate now and be part of this amazing story!