noun \ä-blə-ˈgā-shən\ 1. something that you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc. 2.something that you must do because it is morally right.
As an organization, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is obligated to our mission - to rescue and protect animals around the world - which we committed to 45 years ago and has broadened to include dozens of other species other than Canadian harp seals.
One of those species is the African elephant, which despite its unheralded intelligence, advanced social structures and keystone status in the landscape in which it roams, is fighting for its very survival in the face of a poaching epidemic and unprecedented habitat destruction.
Perhaps the most famous of these African elephants are the elephant families roaming in and around Amboseli National Park in Kenya, consisting of a precious 1,400 individuals. Despite their fame, these elephants are under imminent threat as critical dispersal areas outside the protected park are being developed in ways that bars their access to necessary food and water.