Elephants in the White House
Elephants in the White House

On 1st July President Obama launched a major new initiative on Wildlife Trafficking. The elephant issue has now reached the highest level of policy making. In June, STE Founder and CEO, Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, had spent several days meeting senior officials in Washington and briefing the Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House. Together with increasing political will and momentum at a local level in Kenya there are grounds for optimism. The coalition of concerned individuals, scientists, NGOs and governments is growing ever more powerful in its push to resolve the on-going ivory crisis.
 

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Walking for Elephants
Walking for Elephants

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching,” said St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Jim Nyamu of the Elephant Neighbours Centre took this to heart and 50 days ago began a 1,500 km walk around Kenya to preach on behalf of elephants. When he arrived in the tiny, dusty outpost of Archers Post in Samburu he was greeted by a 1,000 strong throng organized by STE’s community outreach team. Among the moving speeches was one by a poacher who used the stage to publicly renounce his bloody trade. Ivory belongs to Elephants is Jim’s slogan, and with every step more Kenyans are joining his call

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Farewell Bonsai
Farewell Bonsai

Amidst the optimism, a heart-breaking reminder of the grim reality of the ivory crisis. On June 8th Bonsai, a young female elephant struggling to lead a family that had already lost its leader to poachers, was gunned down in the heart of Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Kenya.

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New Security
New Security

A new hope has arisen for one of the worst poaching danger zones in Kenya. A highly trained armed unit from the Northern Rangelands Trust has been formed to bring order to the area while community schemes take hold. STE has been working with them in the field.


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Eco drones
Eco Drones

Drones have revolutionised modern warfare. Can they do the same for wildlife protection?  STE went to Kruger in South Africa for one of the first trials of a conservation drone. Launched anywhere, silent, fully automated and with night vision, the Falcon is a peek into the future.


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Changing Attitudes
Ivory Attitudes

To change attitudes you first have to understand them. A balanced view is crucial, which is why STE intern Yufang Gao is special. A Chinese national studying for his MSc at Yale he has a foot in both East and West. Gao’s mirth is infectious even as he delves deep into this serious subjects.

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