KWS Director
New Director at Kenya Wildlife Service

On 11th February, Save the Elephants joined conservation Organisations in welcoming the new Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director Mr. Kitili Mbathi. Kicking off the event with inspiring words was KWS Board of Trustees chairman Dr. Richard Leakey who introduced Mr. Mbathi. Dr. Leakey expressed his confidence in Mr. Mbathi whom he described as passionate, committed and the right man for the job at this crucial time for KWS. Discussions during the meeting highlighted the ambitions and capabilities of Non-governmental partners, which were welcomed by Mr. Mbathi who pledged to build on these relationships to bring about positive change for Kenya’s wildlife. 

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Protecting wildlife corridors in the North 

New development and the prospect of economic benefit in Northern Kenya are to be welcomed but must be done with care if the rich wildlife and biodiversity for which the regions is famed is to be preserved. Save the Elephants seeks to understand and visualize the effects of increased human populations and infrastructure in Kenya’s north. We have now began a series of important meetings between key partners and the community to discuss the impact of the road, rail and pipeline projects planned for the region and to map out wildlife corridors needed to allow nature to thrive.


New dawn for scholars

This February marks a new dawn for eleven of Samburu' s brightest and highly motivated students who have now been enrolled in top secondary schools across the country. Thanks to support from our donors, highly deserving students from destitute families can now begin to live out their dreams.

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Aerial Survey
Ruaha decline

The elephants of Ruaha-Rungwa in central Tanzania have been surveyed several times in recent years but the reports have been confusing. With conflicting pictures of the situation in this important ecosystem, a credible count was critical. The latest research confirms a significant decline in elephant numbers due to poaching. 

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Mara elephants
Preserving the Mara

Kenya’s iconic Maasai Mara is fracturing as landowners turn to farming and other non-wildlife uses. Corridors may be the only hope for elephants and other animals. This month at the Narok County Assembly, STE joined partners to present elephant movement maps and suggestions for where linkages must be ensured.

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2015 ECF Highlights

The Elephant Crisis Fund’s 2015 report takes you through the triumphs and challenges of stopping the killing, trafficking and demand for ivory through the work of the 38 different partners we have supported to date. In each area we have funded innovative, catalytic and collaborative projects.

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