The Asian elephant's vanishing habitat 

Asian elephants are forest-dwellers, but trees are being felled at an alarming rate to make way for more roads, railways, villages and industry..

Harassed by humankind, starving and distressed herds are marooned in ever-decreasing fragments of forest. They have nowhere to go.

By creating bridges between these forest fragments, we can give these endangered elephants a good chance of survival.

The solution - elephant corridors

Corridors are vital to large-scale wild elephant conservation jigsaw: they connect single males with herds, reunite separated family members and create a path to fresh food sources.

What is a corridor?

A corridor is a strip of land that connects two areas of viable habitat.

How do we open corridors?

The most efficient way to open a corridor is to buy the land and help its current inhabitants find alternative housing and work. It's a sensitive situation. But all over Asia, battles between humans and elephants over habitat land have escalated so much that they are referred to as 'elephant wars'. It's unsurprising, then, that people in these high-risk zones are welcoming the opportunity to relocate to a safer area.

The Survival Tour is raising funds to secure the Tirunelli-Kudrakote elephant corridor in Kerala, southern India. Protecting this corridor is strategically connecting two reserve forests within the Brahmagiri Hills in the Western Ghats.

The Tirunelli-Kudrakote corridor is one of 88 corridors in India that have been identified for elephant conservation. By helping the elephant we are also coming to the rescue of many other local species.

elephant family is pleased to be working with the World Land Trust who have undertaken to protect the network. Visit the WLT website for more information.

About The Royal Parks corridor

The Royal Parks are made up of eight individual public parks. Together, they act as green corridors, linking up town gardens and private squares to create a passage for wildlife to cross London's urban sprawl.

Quite literally thousands of species large and small, common, rare and endangered depend on every part of The Royal Parks' thousands of trees for shelter, food, nesting and breeding.

These are just a few of the many species that rely on the trees in The Royal Parks:

  • Hundreds of species of insects from butterflies and moths to stag beetles and rusty-click beetles
  • Mammals including squirrels, foxes,and woodmice as well as up to six species of bats including pipistrelles and noctules
  • Birds such as tawny owls and all three species of woodpecker
  • Lastly there are hundreds of species of fungi, lichen and other plants that also rely on our trees

Older trees harbour greater varieties of wildlife with ancient native trunks the real community elders, protecting a wealth of life. And even dead wood, left to rot slowly in quiet areas of the Parks, provide a valuable habitat for many different species.

Much of the land that makes up The Royal Parks was originally kept as hunting grounds for the monarchy. As such they contain a fascinating mixture of native and exotic tree species, often reflecting the fashions of past eras. These are just a few of the species you can find easily in the Parks:

  • Weeping willow
  • Small-leaved lime
  • Indian bean tree
  • Copper beech
  • Silver birch
  • English oak
  • London plane
  • Sweet chestnut
  • Horse chestnut
  • Hawthorn
  • Yew

Raising our quality of life:

Healthy trees are an essential weapon in our fight against pollution, especially in our towns and cities. Did you know:

  • Well-kept city parks can reduce crime by 30%
  • Stress and blood levels reduce significantly within a few minutes of being in a park.
  • The canopy of trees acts as a filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air.
  • Trees provide shade from solar radiation and even reduce noise.
  • 20 species of British trees and shrubs are known for their medicinal qualities.