Foundation is composed of a group of AZA Zoos and other elephant
facilities whose resident elephants are wildlife ambassadors helping to
educate the public and raise valuable support dollars for elephant
conservation. Paul Grayson, Zoo Deputy Director and Senior Vice-President of
Conservation and Science, serves on the IEF Board of Directors. In 2011, the
IEF provided a total of $230,000 in support of elephant conservation.
Projects related to African elephant conservation included programs that
combat poaching and protect wild populations throughout Africa, capacity
building through dissemination of research results utilized by conservation
policy decision makers and education programming for various audiences
including those who live in elephant range countries. One very valuable
program funded by IEF is the “My Elephant Neighbor” program in West Africa.
Through this program more than 2500 children and their teachers have been
able to learn about local elephants. Not all African families are aware of
elephant conservation needs and this program utilizes the powerful voice of
children to carry that message home to their parents. Photo by