The Growing Global Coalition for Elephants

As world leaders and prominent environmental figureheads gathered in New York for September's UN Climate Summit, many made time for another global issue: the ivory trade and elephant survival. The Clinton Global Initiative hosted a meeting at which Gabon's President Bongo announced that the African-led Elephant Protection Initiative had now joined with the CGI, representing a significant new coming-together in the global coalition that we believe is so important for elephants (watch the official film coverage here). STE's Iain Douglas-Hamilton was there - here's his take on what happened, and what the meetings mean for elephants. 

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Planning for an End to Ivory in Hong Kong

Hong Kong lawmaker Dr. Hon Elizabeth Quat JP came to Samburu in September. Her mission? To build bridges between China and Africa as part of her campaign to stop the buying of ivory in Hong Kong, and so to help end the killing of elephants. Known to most as EQ (which now stands for Elephant Queen), the legislator spent three days with us to meet wild elephants for the first time, to talk to the Samburu people about the importance of elephant conservation and to witness the impacts of poaching. The trip was organized in partnership with WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Stop Ivory.  

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Chicago Medal to Iain

On 1st October Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder and CEO of Save the Elephants, was awarded the George B Rabb Conservation Medal for his lifetime's contribution to securing a future for elephants. The Chicago Zoological Society hosted 300 people to the award ceremony, which raised more than $500,000 for conservation.

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Bees in Sri Lanka

With human-elephant conflict in Asia, hopes are high that the beehive fences that have proved successful in deterring crop-raiding African elephants will also work there. STE’s PhD student, Kylie Butler says managing expectations is key - until this trial is complete, we won't know whether Asian bees are threatening enough to work!

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Mountain Ele Tracking

Mount Kenya's elephants are under seige. The thick forests that cover the foothills give cover to poachers. In partnership with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy we have begun a new programme to track the movements of the mountain elephants. The real-time data is fed into the security control room where it helps guide the deployment of ranger forces.

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Ben Okita
Introducing Dr Okita

Save the Elephants is delighted to welcome the newest member of our team. Dr Benson Okita has joined us from the Kenya Wildlife Service, where he has had a distinguished career in rhino conservation. Dr Okita will be heading up STE's research operations. This month also sees the publication of our 2014 Annual Report...

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