The purpose of this thread is to evaluate the standard of commitment for institutions that maintain African elephants in North America, and to collaborate with the thread North American African Elephant Population and North American African Elephant Reproduction. In North America, there are 55 institutions that house African elephants. Of those 55 institutions, 37 facilities are accredited while 18 facilities are not accredited. Many zoos in North America are either committing to their elephant program by building a new state of the art enclosure or ending their elephant program by phasing out their elephants. After examining the accredited institutions, there are a number of facilities that should phase out their elephants or have intentions to do. Evaluations on the 37 accredited institutions coming soon. As for the 18 non accredited institutions, there are only two facilities that have the same standard of commitment as the accredited institutions who are dedicated to the care of their elephants. Those two facilities are the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas, California, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The other 16 facilities are either zoos, private institutions, or circuses that don’t meet the standards of AZA, use their elephants in shows for entertainment, or enable their elephants to retire from the work of performing.