The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is the largest mammal living on Earth, and these impressive animals can live for up to 80 years. As a result of their remarkable size, mothers are pregnant for up to 22 months with new-born calves weighing in at around 90 kilos.
Big, gentle, social and intelligent, elephants live in herds and have no natural enemies other than people; habitat encroachment for agriculture leads to the degradation of food sources and human-elephant conflict. Along with an increasing demand for ivory, elephant populations continue to face significant threats.
By focusing on forest restoration – home to elephants and other wild animals, WWF has been working closely with government and non-government partners to implement the ‘Wild Asian Elephant Conservation’ project (funded by IIB – the International Investment Bank) in Yok Don National Park, to monitor, evaluate and devise solutions to ensure the protection of wild elephants in Vietnam.