Chinese Plead for Elephants
New Ambassadors Against Ivory in China

With no sign of demand for ivory in China slackening, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has inspired a dozen Chinese opinion leaders to lead a campaign to stigmatise ivory consumption. The work - suppported by the Elephant Crisis Fund -  leverages support from a host of Chinese corporations and media agencies to spread the message wide. The business tycoons, art collectors, musicians and religious leaders involved gathered at the launch in Beijing and heard a moving poem, “lament of an elephant calf”, read by two 9 year-old girls joined by an African elephant that joined them on stage via augmented reality.

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Caught on Camera
Camera Reveals Unexpected Elephants 

Good news from Liberia in West Africa! Forest elephants have been captured on film for the first time in the remote north-west of the country. Wonegizi is being proposed for protection and these images, captured by a Flora & Fauna International (FFI) survey expedition, help confirm it as a key biodiversity area. Chimpanzees, pygmy hippos and a wide range of other species were filmed as well as the elephants. Our Elephant Crisis Fund will be supporting FFI in their work to defend the Ziama Biosphere Reserve in neighbouring Guinea whose forest – and likely the forest inhabitants – connects with Wonegizi across the border.

France Toughens Regulations

Alarmed by surging ivory exports from France, likely of West African origin, STE joined a successful appeal to the French Government. Their decision to ban all exports and implement other measures has the potential to influence other EU nations. Meanwhile in Brussels the EU met to form a new strategic approach to wildlife conservation. 

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Mali's Rare Elephants Threatened

A rare population of desert-adapted elephants in northern Mali is being targeted for their tusks by a well-organised poaching network. Up to 19 elephants from the iconic Gourma population have been killed in the last two months. Our Elephant Crisis Fund is sending the WILD Foundation funds for anti-poaching training and equipment. 

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E&B Honey
The World's Best Honey

STE's Elephants & Bees project continues to grow apace! Dr Lucy King has had, in her words, "an epic January", complete with attempted crop raids from marauding elephants, tracking elephants, testing camera traps, and a record harvest of the world's best honey (we're not biased, honest). This is just from the test site in Tsavo... more is to come!

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Cattle Along the Ewaso
Invasion of Cattle & Killers

Repeated invasions of poachers and cattle onto Kuki Gallman’s Laikipia Nature Conservancy have been a longstanding problem for the area’s elephants. The first step in finding a solution is to quantify the problem, so STE sent a collaborative survey team with a KWS scientist to conduct an aerial count. STE intern Patrick Freeman was on board.

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