Because of the high demand for elephant ivory and rhino horn, human-elephant conflict, and wildlife trafficking, Africa’s wild elephant and rhino populations are being driven to the edge of extinction. 4.5 million elephants have been killed in the last 60 years; the rhino population has dwindled to around 25,000 from 500,000 at the start of the 20th century. This crisis is exacerbated by poverty in rural areas.

Elephants, Rhinos & People (ERP) protects Southern Africa’s wild elephants and rhinos by helping to alleviate poverty in rural communities adjacent to threatened elephant and rhino populations. We also implement tactical interventions to combat the poaching problem, such as sustainable alternatives as a source of community income, elephant relocations and drought relief programs.

ERP brings over 30 years of experience in community relations, poverty alleviation, and impact investment in infrastructure, to achieve sustainable, non-lethal wildlife conservation. ERP's parent company,, donates 1% of its own revenue to cover all of ERP's operational expenses, and to fund projects.

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