We are built on a foundation of scientific research. For Elephants conducts the science but also takes it to the next level by applying what we learn to make informed conservation changes.

The Mission

“For Elephants” is dedicated to the survival of the world’s African elephants through research, conservation, and education. We take on this mission to save elephants from extinction and invite others to join us, so that we may live in a world where elephants always exist.

Research and Conservation Action for Elephants in Africa

Through research on a variety of species and conservation initiatives in South Africa since 2000, Dr. Morfeld recognized the need for a research laboratory based in South Africa that could offer a unique perspective to elephant conservation, and that would help serve elephants and people in South Africa long-term. Thus, she partnered with a wonderful organization dedicated to elephants, Elephants Alive, and built an endocrinology laboratory over several years to add scientific data to strengthen the data on elephant movements Elephants Alive was already collecting. Science is a critical part of elephant conservation, and “For Elephants” implements science into all objectives and opportunities to obtain knowledge and share knowledge.

Research and Conservation Action for Elephants in Zoos

Elephants are among the most beloved and charismatic animals in our zoo’s collections, yet African elephant populations currently are not self-sustaining and ‘captive extinction’ within US zoos is a real possibility. Over the past 10 years, zoo elephant death rates have consistently exceeded birth rates (3 births vs. 5 deaths annually). Contributing to the predicted extinction of elephants in zoos is the dramatic increase in infertility rates, which have gone from 22% to 45% over a 7-year period. Understanding the causes of morbidity, mortality and poor reproductive performance to prevent captive extinction is now the highest priority.  We are working towards reversing the predicted demise of elephants in zoos.

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