Monitoring the Killing of Elephants (MIKE)

A family of elephants

Project title: Monitoring the Killing of Elephants (MIKE)

Location: South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka)

Duration: 2015 - ongoing

Project background: The Monitoring the Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme is an international collaboration that tracks trends in information related to the illegal killing of elephants from across Africa and Asia, to monitor effectiveness of field conservation efforts. MIKE was established through a Conference of the Parties (COP) resolution to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Operating in over 80 sites, across 43 elephant range states, MIKE has developed and deployed rigorous protocols and methodologies to collect, analyse and build capacities for better enforcement to deter illegal elephant killings. MIKE is implemented by elephant range states with technical assistance and coordination from CITES Secretariat, under the supervision of the CITES Standing Committee. 

Originally established in 2003, MIKE in South Asia has been revived with funding from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Subregional Support Unit for MIKE in South Asia was established in July 2015 and is hosted by the IUCN India Country Office in New Delhi. To find out more about the project please visit the CITES MIKE website.

Objectives of the project: The overall goal of MIKE is to provide information needed for elephant range states to make appropriate management and enforcement decisions, and to build institutional capacity within the range states for the long-term management of their elephant populations. Specific objectives within this goal are:

  • Measure levels and trends in the illegal hunting of elephants
  • Determine changes in these trends over time
  • Determine the factors causing or associated with such changes, and to try and assess in particular to what extent observed trends are a result of any decisions taken by the COP to CITES

Expected outputs:

  • A site-based system to monitor elephant population trends and illegal killing of elephants is in place
  • National-level capacity built for more effective conservation management of elephants
  • Contribution to the standardisation of systems for data collection and analysis in all range states, including the time-frame for the delivery of such information

Donor: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Partner: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat


Dr. NM Ishwar
IUCN India Country Office 
Address: C4/25, Safdarjung Development Area 
New Delhi - 110016, India 
Tel: +91 11 4605 2583
Fax: +91 11 2652 7742

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