The IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group works with our talented and dedicated group of Partners that support skill and knowledge sharing, hosting the meetings, communicating AsESG activities and help in implementation of the activities of the Group.
Elephant Family (www.elephantfamily.org) is the UK's biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant. Massive habitat loss has caused their numbers to plummet by 90% in the past 100 years, earning them an unwanted place on the IUCN red list. Elephant Family exists to save this iconic animal from extinction in the wild, along with tigers, orangutans & all the other animals who share their habitat. Working with local people and partner NGOs, they support projects across Asia and invest where they are needed most.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) Founded in 1969, saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. They also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as their campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), (www.wti.org.in ), is a leading Indian nature conservation organisation committed to the service of nature. Its mission is to conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments. WTI’s team of 150 dedicated professionals work towards achieving its vision of a secure natural heritage of India, in six priority landscapes, knit holistically together by nine key strategies or Big Ideas.
The following organizations also supported the AsESG members meeting in 2018
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (www.wrs.com.sg/en/) is dedicated to the management of world-leading zoological institutions—Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo—that aim to inspire people to value and conserve biodiversity by providing meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences. A self-funded organisation, WRS focuses on protecting biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia through collaborations with like-minded partners, organisations and institutions. Each year, the four attractions welcome 4.6 million visitors.
World Wide Fund for Nature (www.worldwildlife.org) works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one mi llion members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. The support is by the Wildlife Practice of WWF-International.
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) (www.anantara.com/golden-triangle-asian-elephant-foundation/), was set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, and has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.
The Asian Elephant Specialist Group also received support from the following Zoos to organise the AsESG members meeting in 2016