Ivory Smoke Signals from Kenya

The elephant poaching crisis made headlines around the world this month with the world’s largest ivory destruction. 106 tonnes – the tusks of over 8,000 elephants – were sent up in smoke in Nairobi, Kenya. The signal was clear: trade in ivory means the end of elephants. The day before Iain Douglas-Hamilton delivered the opening address at the Giants Club summit to the presidents of Gabon, Uganda and Kenya, congratulating them on their vision. While skeptics were set straight on the importance of burning ivory, South Africa lifted the ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, raising renewed fears for the future of rhino.

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Opening up the Forest for Congo's Elephants 

The Okapi Conservation Project works in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most biologically diverse areas in Africa. The Reserve offers one of the last remaining strongholds for forest elephants in the DRC, whose population has declined by 80% over the last decade. The Elephant Crisis Fund is supporting security forces with the necessary manpower and firepower to reduce poaching and mining in the Reserve. Their increased capacity has allowed patrols to enter areas that have not been patrolled for over two years and has permitted Okapi Conservation staff to fully operate all their programs. 

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Beehive Fences on Voice of America

In a future where wildlife will come into increasing conflict with humans, Dr Lucy King’s beehive fences are one ray of hope for people living with elephants, as this film made by Voice of America shows. Fences are now springing up across East Africa, and the project needs a new vehicle to spread the success further. Donate now to help!

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Eyes in the Courtroom

Arrests are only the start. Ending poaching and trafficking takes proper prosecution and sentencing.  The Elephant Crisis Fund is proud to have sponsored WildlifeDirect’s innovative Courtroom Monitoring project from the start, and to watch Kenya’s legal system start taking wildlife crime seriously, as detailed in their new report.

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Tribal Leaders Meet for Wildlife

The first ever Conservation Community Leaders Meeting was held in April, a week before Kenya’s historic ivory burn. Five tribal leaders met to add their voice, views and opinions to the dialogue about conservation. Their discussions produced a statement given to the President, which formed part of his speech at the ivory burn.

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Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2015

2015 was a big year for elephants and for STE. The ivory price in China halved, the Elephant Crisis Fund reached 38 partners and the STE Elephants & Bees Project spread to 11 countries. 120 kids have now been given elephant scholarships, and poaching in the Kenya's north has fallen to pre-crisis levels.

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