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Elephant Crisis in the Ivory Coast

Item # 53314

Help relocate Ivory Coast elephants to safer grounds

Due to the civil unrest in the Ivory Coast, displaced people have gradually invaded Marhoue National Park, home to the African forest elephant. A small population of forest elephants have settled in the outskirts of Daloa, a town in a western region of the Ivory Coast. However, their arrival has caused tension with the local farmers and townspeople.

As these poor subsistence farmers try to grow maize, bananas, manioc, and beans, the elephants have tested their patience by routinely eating their crops, trampling their fields, and even foraging in town. But how much longer can these farmers tolerate the elephants before it gets hostile?

Teaming up with the local government, IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare) has taken responsibility to help both the elephants and people affected by this dilemma. They will relocate the Daloa elephants to Assagny National Park, where human contact with these awesome giants will be rare.

You can help! Your donation will help fund IFAW's relocation plan to resolve this crisis and save both human and elephant lives.

Report From The Field
from Gail A'Brunzo,
IFAW Program Manager for Wildlife Rescue

"We recently received the ministerial letter from the Ivory Coast recommitting to the work necessary for our elephant move from Daloa to Asagny National Park. The government anticipates the roads being used for the move (between Daloa and ANP) will be fixed and done in October. At this point the roads assessment is complete and they know what needs to be done. As well, improved protection of Asagny is due to commence this month. Work with the Daloa communities has continued over the rainy season. The proposed window for the move itself is the three weeks from November 28 to December 20."

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people.

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