The Fall of One of Africa's Finest

Ten days before the news hit the headlines, Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust was already fearing the worst. He’d spotted the carcass of a large bull, face hacked off and ivory gone. Satao, one of the biggest bulls remaining in one of the last strongholds of Great Tuskers in Africa, was missing. Only when long days of searching from his (Elephant Crisis Fund sponsored) aircraft found nothing did he finally admit the loss to himself and the world. Two weeks later, the Kenya Wildlife Service have arrested his killers, but the iconic tusks remain unrecovered… for now. 

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Price of Ivory in China Triples in 4 Years

New research sponsored by our STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund has revealed that the retail price of raw ivory in China has tripled since 2010. In May, researchers Dr Esmond Martin & Lucy Vigne visited many hundred ivory retailers and factories, and established that the average price had almost tripled to $2,100 per kilo, up from $750 per kilo in 2010. This is approximately ten times more than the price in Africa, offering huge profit margins to the organized crime networks that commission the killing. The finding gives new urgency to the need to reduce demand for ivory.  

Ground Support in Tsavo

We have supported the Tsavo Trust in the aerial patrolling of Tsavo since early 2013. Now we have donated a new Toyota Landcruiser to the Kenya Wildlife Service that will be dedicated to anti-poaching work with a focus on defending the regions remaining large elephants.  

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Hope in Sight

With mutual understanding comes greater collaboration. When Chinese conservation scientist (and one-time STE intern) Gao Yufang offered Resson Kantai Duff a tour of China’s ivory markets, she leapt at the chance. Her experiences were many, diverse, and transformative.

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Reaching Kirimon

In Kirimon in Northern Kenya, many elephants have recently been killed.  The people in this remote community are not killing for ivory but to defend – and sometimes avenge – their crops. STE’s community team paid them a visit recently as part of our outreach programme.

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US College Beckons

STE’s Samburu camp manager has won a scholarship to study in the US for a year! Gilbert Sabinga leaves this month for Texas, where he will study Information Technology at the Houston community college. Thanks to the US Dept of State and their Community College Initiative!

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