In case you didn’t know, the elephant populations are declining. We want to share with you two factors that are causing elephants rates to decline.

Why African elephant populations are declining?

In case you didn’t know, the elephant populations are declining. Scientists have found between 1979 and 1989, half of the world’s African elephant population was lost. Diseases aren’t killing elephants and we must raise awareness of the declining rates to the world’s largest land animal. We want to share with you two factors that are causing elephants rates to decline.

African elephants are losing their homes.

African elephants are not small animals. They are considered the largest land animals. They can stand at eleven feet and require lots of room to roam. African elephants typically live in two areas of Africa: the savannah and forests. 

The problem is African elephants are starting to lose their habitat. African forest elephants are losing the trees from  humans who are chopping them down. The growing human population is using the forest for timber or agriculture purposes. Over time they could leave these elephants and other forest animals without a place to call home.

Not only are humans cutting down forests, but they are also expanding the savannah. People are starting to harvest crops and develop their villages. This expansion can become a problem when people begin to live where elephants usually roam and live. 

It can be dangerous because elephants can trample crops and cause farmers to lose their crops. In some cases, elephants can even kill humans if they are startled. Having a space where African elephant population can roam without harming humans is essential. 

African elephants are being poached.

If you have ever seen an elephant in person or even in pictures, you will notice that they have long tusks coming out of their mouths. These protruding tusks were originally teeth. Over time, these teeth start to come out and help elephants.

Elephants use tusks as if they are  hands. They use them in multiple ways; to gather food, a defensive mechanism or to dig. As useful as tusks are to elephants, some people want to take them away.  

An elephants tusk is made up of ivory. Ivory is a hard creamy-white hard, dense tissue. People are willing to pay thousands and thousands of dollars for an item made out of ivory. It is a luxury good which displays money.

Some countries have tried to put a stop in selling ivory. Countries like Asia have banned the sale completely. However, this ban has not stopped poachers from bringing elephants down. China, Philippines, Thailand and the United States are the top countries who  are mostly like to purchase ivory.

How you can help

Now that you know why African elephants are declining due to  these two factors, you can help and stop this. It all starts with educating others. Spread the word of why ivory sales should be banned. Tell friends and family. Share it on the internet. 

You can also help the African elephant population. For Elephants, we are researching to help improve the death rates and help birth rates by understanding the causes of morbidity, mortality and poor reproductive performance to prevent captive extinction. You can donate a small amount to our research and conservation today. 

related articles

The importance of research and conservation action for elephants in zoos


Elephant research has found that African elephants in zoos are not self-sustaining in captivity as they are in the wild. Check out why we should continue to research elephants in zoos. 

read more

Updated: The different types of elephants


Learn about each kind of elephant! 

read more

African elephants impact on the environment


The elephant ecosystem not only plays a huge part in the animal kingdom but also in the environment. 

read more

Updated: An Elephant’s Intelligence


Take a look at these three discoveries that make elephants one of the most intelligent animals. 

read more

Updated: How long do elephants live?


This is how long elephants live and what is shortening their life expectancy.

read more

10 ways you can save the elephants


Start saving the elephants!

read more

Three ways to save elephants without spending money


Take these steps to save the elephants. 

read more

Elephant feet 101


This is why footcare is so important for zoo elephants!

read more

Who is For Elephants?


Welcome to our website! We're For Elephants! An organization that is dedicating it’s time to the survival of the world’s African elephants through research, conservation and education. 

read more

UPDATED: Get to know the African elephants


We have gathered some African elephant facts  that you can share with your friends and family to educate them of how great elephants are! 

read more