World Elephant Centre [WEC] is developing a major world class interpretation facility focused on elephants – their evolution, current ecological relationships, the pressure on their populations through hunting and land use intensification and the conservation and management actions necessary for their survival. The purpose is to bring global attention to the elephant and the challenges faced in managing this iconic species.

This facility will be located along the Arusha to Ngorongoro highway. The highway is a corridor through which almost 600,000 people pass each year to visit the protected areas in the Tanzania northern circuit. The site of the facility is just above the escarpment of the Rift Valley. The site has two major national parks to the east of it – Tarangire [1 hour] and Manyara and the Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve [15 mins] and two protected areas to the west – Ngorongoro Conservation Area [30 mins] and Serengeti National Park [2 to 3 hours through Ngorongoro] – both World Heritage Sites.

The project concept has been developed by the WEC and a committee of interested people has been developing in support of the work. The visitor interpretation facility is only one part of the concept albeit a major one. The site will also house research and conference facilities which are important components of the WEC program and the basis for advocacy for improved management and control of illegal hunting.

WEC Vision

To be a world leader in applied scientific elephant research, information sharing and conservation to ensure that elephants endure forever.