Save The Elephants was proud to be the lead charity at the 2016 Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) Charity Trading Day this month. In line with other securities exchanges around the world, for one day a year the NSE gives all sales proceeds to charity. Kenyan media celebrities joined STE staff and traders to make calls to potential buyers. STE’s founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton launched the event. Proceeds will go towards tracking elephants in Tsavo to help a coalition of organisations plan for the long-term future of elephants in the ecosystem.
Join Chris Leadismo, STE’s Security Officer, in a five minute sample of his life working with rangers from the Northern Rangelands Trust community conservancies and the Kenya Wildlife Service to monitor and prevent the illegal killing of elephants. A major part of Chris’s job is tightening links between different players, from government, non-profits and community organisations. Collaboration has been key to the region’s recent success against poachers – after high levels of poaching between 2009 and 2013, the elephant population is now stable once again.
The elephant population of Congo’s Noubelé-Ndoki National park halved from 10,000 to 5,000 between 2009 and 2014. With Elephant Crisis Fund support, the park launched a Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) and a Rapid Response Unit in January. This month the park celebrated the arrest of ‘2Pac’, a notorious ivory-trafficker.
On the 7th October, the US President Barack Obama signed the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 into law. All endangered species are protected, including elephants. The US continues to lead the world in closing down domestic ivory markets, and continues to provide momentum in this critical endeavour.
New research published this month reveals that Asian and African elephants live in different family and social structures. Co-authored by the Chair of STE’s Scientific Board George Wittemyer, the study was led by Shermin de Silva who is also conducting a trial of beehive elephant fences in Sri Lanka in collaboration with STE.
Save The Elephants fielded a strong team to the 17th Conference of Parties of CITES, held in Johannesburg, thanks to Singer Rankin’s World Women Work. Elephants topped the agenda and hogged the headlines, but what did the meeting actually achieve for elephants, and was it the disaster some have claimed?
Our Mission: To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.