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Anti-Poaching

Every year, Save the Elephants adds to the protection program as the threats to elephants evolve [and fester]. Beginning with our specialty, GMS collaring and tracking, STE continues to improve on tracking technology which not only tells us how fast elephants move through certain areas, often proportional to the perceived level of threat, it can also give us exact positions of where families and vulnerable bulls are, allowing concentration of effort within the vast Mara and Samburu ecosystems. Coupled with this, our Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) program we can provide accurate data about hotspots and safe zones, and the on-going body count serves as an important pillar in influencing international policy.

Next we added in the community conservation element. In the arid north of Kenya, where tourism and pastoralism are the two activities with the highest economic potential, communities have long had to grapple with retrogressive cultural practices like cattle rustling which bear down heavily on the security for people and wildlife, reducing their prospects even further. Cattle bandits have morphed or been infiltrated by something just as sinister: poachers. Now STE works closely with the umbrella, the Northern Rangelands Trust, to bring communities together to create safer conservancies where their animals, and wildlife, can live in peace. The first step to securing their areas is the deployment of community rangers, and aerial surveillance which STE supports with generous funding from the Liz Clairborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and the Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF).

In 2013, we bolstered our Education Program, which has a focus on children, with a fresh component. Headed up by Jerenimo Lepirei, the Community Outreach program serves to get the conversation about the importance of wildlife going among the people who live with them. The program appears to be just what the Samburu needed, and has sparked interest from both likely and unlikely quarters. Embedded in the crowds of eager locals, Kenyan county government officials, and ex-poachers looking to transform into gamekeepers are among the meeting stakeholders.

The battle is by no means won, but through our ever-growing program, we hope to spot the poachers a mile off, or make entire gangs are sufficiently convinced to quit the practice of poaching altogether.

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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

How You Can Help

Over the last years our world-leading conservation efforts have been possible thanks to the dedication and generosity of loyal supporters. To join them you can donate in a number of ways:


Elephants are fast disappearing from the wild. Without urgent, international action they could be gone within a generation. The Elephant Crisis Fund provides rapid, catalytic support for the most effective projects designed to stop the killing, thwart traffickers and end the demand for ivory. 100% of all donations reach the field.

Save the Elephants is funded almost entirely by private donations. It is only through the generous support of donors that we are able to continue our important elephant conservation work. We rely entirely on funds, grants and donations from around the world, so thank you for helping us to secure a future for these fascinating creatures.

Our unique brand of conservation education encourages students to become ambassadors of their rich environment. We also give opportunities to friends around the world to help educate young minds and improve the infrastructure of their schools. Sponsor a child & help build a future for wildlife.