African elephants, the world's largest land animal, once numbered in the millions across Africa, but by the mid-1980s their populations had been devastated by poaching. The status of the species now varies greatly across the continent. Some populations remain in danger due to poaching for meat and ivory, habitat loss and conflict with humans.
WWF works with elephant range state governments, local people and non-governmental partners to secure a future for this powerful symbol of nature. Read more about elephants and how WWF works to protect them.