This edition of WAZA NEWS has a focus on elephants with good reasons. It is part of a series on charismatic animals in zoos and aquariums and follows the pandas of the last edition. Elephants are facing their biggest conservation crisis and therefore articles are highlighting the illegal trade of ivory, the related political dimension and many zoo supported conservation projects
in the field. The long expected export of elephants from Swaziland to three US zoos did finally take place despite activities of animal rights groups. Animal welfare issues and improvements are addressed through a partnership project in Sri Lanka.