The articles in this volume of the International Zoo Yearbook highlight the contributions that professional zoological institutions have made to the care and welfare of elephants over the last 20 years, and describe the threats faced by these iconic animals in their natural habitats. Zoos work to protect wild elephants using a variety of methods, such as carrying out direct research with ex situ populations, providing conservation education and conservation funding, and engaging in capacity building. Furthermore, important work is implemented by conservation organizations in the field. This volume focuses attention on elephant conservation and the important role played by zoological institutions and other dedicated conservation organizations. It is hoped that this work will inspire more zoos to act, help to inform future conservation initiatives and, ultimately, ensure the survival of these iconic species and the protection of their habitats.