The Disappearing Elephants Project

Approximately 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory

Two decades ago, there were twice as many African elephants as there are today. Current poaching kills 20,000-35,000 elephants each year for their ivory. At this rate, African elephants will go extinct within decades.

Asian elephants are endangered, with only about 30,000 left, and approximately 30% of them are in captivity.

Disappearing Elephants is a project that started out as a collaboration between the WWF-Hong Kong and The New School University (New York City) during the International Field Program in Hong Kong. Our goal is to tell the story of today’s threats to African and Asian elephants. This website has resources for students, educators and anyone interested in understanding the threats elephants face today. We invite educators to use our downloadable lesson plans and the various media to inform their classrooms about this global issue. Students will find information about the threats to elephants and can learn about the different organizations and activities that are being done to make lasting changes.