Press and Media

May 13, 2014
Third Hong Kong Retailer Drops Ivory
WildAid, Save the Elephants, AWF


PRESS RELEASE HONG KONG, May 13, 2014 - Hong Kong’s Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd announced that it is no longer selling ivory products according to a memo obtained by WildAid. The statement follows similar announcements from fellow retailers Chinese Arts & Crafts (H.K.) Ltd (CAC) and Wing On Department Store earlier this year. Prior to these announcements CAC, Wing On, and Yue Hwa were Hong Kong’s largest retailers of elephant ivory. According...

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July 3, 2013
A new method for dating elephant tusks has been established that is expected to make it easier to enforce the current worldwide ban on ivory. The study, by scientists from Colombia University, the University of Arizona, Save the Elephants and the Kenya Wildlife Service, is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ...

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January 16, 2013
Press Release  January 16, 2013 The devastating impacts of a recent surge in ivory poaching have been chronicled in detail by new research on one of Africa’s best-studied elephant populations. Almost a thousand elephants in Samburu, Northern Kenya, have been closely monitored over the last decade and a half. Over the last four years demand for their tusks has disrupted their close-knit society. The illegal killing of elephants is increasing rapidly across ...

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December 4, 2012
Press Release December 4, 2012 Satellite tracking of elephants living near Timbuktu has revealed the secret of their survival in the savage conditions of Mali’s desert. The elephants of Africa’s northernmost population use over 32,000 square kilometres of the Gourma region in their epic quest for food and water, the largest range ever recorded for the species. Their circular migration route is also thought to be unique to this population. The findings, ...

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July 13, 2011
The Race for Ivory is on
Save The Elephants


Contact: Dr Iain Douglas-HamiltonSave the Elephants+254 / (0) 722 204868iain@savetheelephants.org PRESS RELEASEJuly 12th 2011 Elephant expert Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton and his team sound the alarm on highest elephant poaching in Samburu in 14 ...

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June 8, 2011
Increasing elephant populations in Kenya since 1989 have been widely praised as a conservation success story. However, where elephants and agricultural land overlap, incidents of human–elephant conflict are on the increase. Wildlife managers and farmers are now trying different farm-based deterrents to keep elephants out of crops with varying success. Such efforts include the use of dogs, watch towers, fire crackers, fences and chilli pepper barriers. A new publication published ...

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June 3, 2010
WASHINGTON --- Relentless in his lifelong devotion to the elephants’ survival, Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., has been named the 2010 recipient of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. In recognition for his lifetime achievements, Dr. Douglas-Hamilton will receive $100,000 and the Lilly Medal at a gala ceremony presented by Cummins Inc. on Sept. 25, 2010, at The Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. The colorful career of Iain...

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April 30, 2010
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tahli Kouperstein, 240-662-2221 Tahli_kouperstein@discovery.com Nikki Pesusich, 818-788-7650 nikki@nppr.net ANIMAL PLANET PROVIDES A PORTAL INTO THE SECRET LIFE OF ELEPHANTS -- On May 16, Experience the World of Elephants Through Their Eyes -- (Silver Spring, Md.) - We see elephants as mammoth beasts; they're prehistoric looking with incredibly large features that distinguish them from any other ...

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April 27, 2010
Press Release For the first time elephants have been found to produce an alarm call associated with the threat of bees, and have been shown to retreat when a recording of the call is played even when there are no bees around. A team of scientists from Oxford University, Save the Elephants, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, made the discovery as part of an ongoing study of elephants in Kenya. They report their results in the journal PLoS One. ‘In our experiments we ...

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April 13, 2010
Press Release 1200 West Washington Street P.O. Box 22309, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222-0309 317.630.2711 ph 317.630.5153 fx FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Iain Douglas-Hamilton Named Finalist for the 2010 Indianapolis Prize Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement in Animal Conservation INDIANAPOLIS --- Nothing holds Iain Douglas-Hamilton back. Neither poachers nor a 36-month drought can deter this Save the Elephants director and founder from his work. He...

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March 22, 2010
Dear STE friends and Supporters We would like to thank you for your generous donations to the STE flood relief effort. We are very heartened by your support during these difficult days. As you know, our research facility was severely damaged in the flooding, and some valuable research data was lost. We can be thankful that there was no loss of life. Though two people were washed away both were rescued before they drowned. We now have food, drinking water and temporary shelter. ...

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March 5, 2010
Flood Relief Update
Save the Elephants


Update (Nairobi) Following the devastating flood yesterday evening which destroyed both Save the Elephants (STE) research facility and Elephant Watch Safari Camp located in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, the relief, funding and reconstruction effort is firmly under way. Incredibly, no staff were hurt or injured, and the majority of wildlife, including the elephant population, was also not harmed by the deluge. Staff today salvaged what remained of computers, key ...

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March 4, 2010
Media Release (Nairobi, 4 March 2010) Early this morning Save the Elephants (STE) research facility and Elephant Watch Safari Camp located in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, were completely destroyed by unexpected flooding of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, along with seven other neighbouring lodges. At approximately 5am this morning, a wall of water akin to a Tsunami surged through Elephant Watch Camp, catching tourists and staff unawares and sweeping away tents and facilities. ...

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May 18, 2009
Press Release The future of a rare herd of desert elephants in Mali is under threat from one of the worst droughts in living memory, which has left a key water source at its lowest level in a quarter of a century and is breaking down the usual peaceful co-existence between the elephants and local herdsmen. The 350 to 450 elephants of Gourma, the northernmost herds still alive in Africa, are being forced to trek ever-longer distances within the Sahel on the fringes of the ...

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October 12, 2008
Elephants Send Text Messages to Rangers
Katherine Houreld, Associated Press Writer


OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — The text message from the elephant flashed across Richard Lesowapir's screen: Kimani was heading for neighboring farms. The huge bull elephant had a long history of raiding villagers' crops during the harvest, sometimes wiping out six months of income at a time. But this time a mobile phone card inserted in his collar sent rangers a text message. Lesowapir, an armed guard and a driver arrived in a jeep bristling with spotlights to frighten Kimani back into ...

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