Li Bing Bing
China Leading Actress Visits Samburu

Li Bingbing, China’s leading actress, has just come to meet Samburu’s elephants as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. STE introduced her to wild elephants and showed her the impacts of poaching in an emotional two-day visit. The story is already making waves in China. This is only the latest of our efforts to reach out to China to appreciate the devastating effects of buying ivory. In mid-April the director of Xinhua, China’s state media agency, came to visit Samburu with five of his journalists to cover issues in print, TV and radio and David Daballen joined Yao Ming on stage in Shanghai for the launch of Yao’s Ivory Campaign with WildAid.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta
A Fresh Start for Kenya

Kenya’s new leader Uhuru Kenyatta has begun his presidency as we hope he will continue. “Poaching and the destruction of our environment has no future in this country,” he told his people in his inaugural address. The judiciary is also sitting up and taking notice after a track record of appallingly lenient sentences. Following a letter to the Chief Justice by the Kenya Elephant Forum, of which Save the Elephants is a founder member, the courts have recently handed out sentences that better fit the crime. We are working to ensure that this continues. By lowering demand and increasing penalties, we hope to change the fatal economics of the crisis.

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Collaring elephants
Follow the Boys

It has been a great rainy season in Samburu. The raging river may have destroyed our new well, but the lush vegetation has brought hundreds of elephants into the reserve. We took this opportunity to collar two big new bulls, Uffe and Leakey. As always with the bulls, it was a nerve-racking business.

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New STE staff
Strenghtening STE

Save the Elephants has been busy building a team with the strength and flexibility to deal with the diverse challenges that come our way. As well as broad review of our HR, in the past six months we’ve recruited five passionate people to strategise, map, manage and communicate towards a future with elephants.

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Omondi's Drama

When we got word from the Mara Elephant Project that one of the bulls that we track with them had been speared and appearing to be trailing intestines we feared the worst. But thanks to the Sheldrick Trust a KWS vet was immediately flown in and Omondi was soon patched up and seems fine.

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Dr Lucy King
Lucy Wins Again!

Looks like we’re going to have to reserve this column of our Monthly Trumpet for awards won by STE’s Dr Lucy King. This month, Lucy won the prestigious St. Andrews Prize for the Environment. The $100,000 prize will help her defend more farmers’ crops with income-generating beehive fences.

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