The African Elephant Conservation Fund of the US Fish & Wildlife Service provided funding for the initial development. Almost 1800 titles were located in libraries in or near Nairobi, including those of Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the AfESG, the National Museums of Kenya, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Additional material was collected from authors, research agencies, government offices and libraries in Southern and Eastern Africa, England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. To date, the best sources of material have been from the following university libraries:
Oxford and Cambridge, England;
Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan;
Davis Campus of the U of California;
McGill and Guelph, Canada; and
Witwatersrand, Onderstepoort and UNISA (Pretoria), South Africa,
and the libraries of the:
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi;
National Museum of Natural History, Paris;
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science, Brussels;
Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren; and
Transvaal Museum, Pretoria.