Threatened by a brutal wildlife trade, habitat loss and degradation, the Endangered Asian elephant is now largely confined to India, with smaller populations found in other South Asian countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Established by UNEP through CITES, the MIKE (Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants) initiative is supporting elephant range State in monitoring elephant killings across Africa and Asia. The information is used to advise enforcement decisions and build capacities for long-term management of populations. Implemented by IUCN in India, MIKE has been mobilizing and capacity building Governments in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to enhance regular reporting of elephant deaths.
For more information read the feature story on the fight to save South Asia's Elephants.