Solution for elephants’ fast depleting population: WWF’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation activities set to reverse the trend
Due to the high demand for ivory, poaching is on the rise in Africa, which is a great threat for the elephant population of that region. Though that problem isn’t that severe in Asia, elephants in Asia are still killed for their tusks, skin and meat. Some are even captured from the wild for live elephant trade and are being mostly taken to Thailand to serve the tourism industry.
As part of its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, WWF is strengthening antipoaching activities by training park guards and rangers, supporting community-based activities aimed to combat wildlife crimes, and working with the authorities in Asia for improving law enforcement with respect to illegal trade in elephants and their parts. WWF has also partnered with TRAFFIC (global wildlife trade monitoring network) to decrease ivory’s demand in consumer markets.
Reducing human-wildlife conflict is another important step in elephant rescue. Training local communities and wildlife managers to encourage the use of modern tools and methods to reduce such conflict together with emphasis on behavior change, mobilizing communities for crop protection by monitoring elephants and erecting fences, WWF is doing a lot for the fast depleting population of the tuskers.
By encouraging activities linked to elephant conservation that help in economic development and can improve people’s livelihoods, WWF is helping people realize how keeping the elephants’ habitats intact and the tuskers alive can be beneficial for them too. As part of its wildlife rescue and elephant habitat protection, WWF advocates large conservation landscapes that let the elephants roam freely, like KAZA, which is the world’s largest transboundary conservation region that plays host to about 250,000 elephants.
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WWF. “What WWF is Doing.” https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/elephant#what-wwf-is-doing.
WWF Global. “Asian elephants.” http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/elephants/asian_elephants/.