Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)

The overall goal of MIKE is to provide information needed for elephant range States to make appropriate management and enforcement decisions, and to build institutional capacity within the range States for the long-term management of their elephant populations.

Trends in levels of illegal killing of elephants

The primary mandate of the MIKE programme is to monitor levels of illegal killing of elephants at a sample of sites spread across the range of African and Asian elephants. The charts below shows levels in the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants (PIKE) in Africa and in Asia since 2003. The horizontal red line shows the level of PIKE at 0.5, i.e. where half the dead elephants found in a given year were illegally killed. PIKE levels above this line are cause for serious concern and may result in elephant population declines. For more details on PIKE, see the Data and Reports section.

PIKE trend in Africa

PIKE trend in Asia


MIKE operates in some 80 sites in Africa and Asia. Click on the orange regions in the maps below for additional details.