Our mandate

The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is an integral part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The AsESG shall provide the best available scientifically grounded evidence to the abundance, distribution, and demographic status of Asian elephant populations in all 13 range states. It shall periodically compile range-wide assessments which shall be publicly disseminated via the AsESG website and other outlets.

The Asian Elephant

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The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), the lone survivor of Genus Elephas, originated in Africa in the early Pliocene, over 5-6 million years ago and migrated to Eurasia. Elephas maximus is today confined to 13 countries of Asia is believed.. Read more

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Gajah is the bi-annual journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG). The journal is intended as a medium of communication on issues that concern the management and conservation of Asian Elephants both in the wild and in captivity. It is a means by which members of the AsESG and others can communicate their experiences, ideas, and perceptions freely... Read more

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