With an estimated 415.000 elephants left on the continent, they are regarded as vulnerable, although certain species are being poached towards extinction. Adult elephants have only one predator – humans. We are directly (e.g. shooting, spearing, snaring, poisoning) and indirectly (e.g. destroying habitat, blocking migrations routes and depleting water sources) responsible for the declining numbers.
The survival and well-being of elephants are threatened by:
- Escalating poaching and illegal killing, for the commercial trade of ivory and meat
- Increasing loss of natural habitats
- Rising conflict with humans over resources
With our local partners on the ground, Wild at Life e.V. is running an elephant sanctuary in Zambia. These elephants free roam, crossing the river and sometimes even reaching Zimbabwe, before returning back to eat and rest in the sanctuary. The herd has all the care, food, and veterinarian assistance they need and each of them is cared for by a personal caregiver.