Elephant Crisis in the Ivory Coast
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
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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