African Elephant Specialist Group

Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The mission of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group is to promote the long-term conservation of Africa's elephants throughout their range.


Launch of the African Elephant Status Report 2016!

This report is the most authoritative source of knowledge about the numbers and distribution of African elephant populations across their 37 range states in sub-Saharan Africa. The report summarises – for the first time in almost a decade – elephant numbers at the continental, regional and national levels, and examines changes in population estimates at the site level.

This report is being launched at CITES CoP17 from Sunday 25th September 2016.

The report can be downloaded here (103 MB)


Recognition from SSC for Significant Achievements in Conservation

AfESG Chair Holly Dublin and longtime member Tom Milliken were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to conservation when they received the Sir Peter Scott Award for Con. Please click to learn more about this award and their work over the years! 


On this page, you will find a wealth of information about the activities of the AfESG as well as a variety of useful downloads and links.

  • Read Pachyderm, and submit manuscripts for consideration!


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