Elephant Crisis Fund

 

Africa’s elephants could disappear from much of the wild within a generation. 

Three years in and the impact of our Elephant Crisis Fund, run jointly with the Wildlife Conservation Network, is being felt across Africa and in nations where ivory is sold. With 45 partners conducting 114 projects in 25 countries, we’re making progress.

To date, the Elephant Crisis Fund has funded some of the best-conceived interventions in the most critical hotspots to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand for ivory. We are excited to share our 2016 ECF Year End Report that outlines the vital work made possible with support from our donors.

For further details on ECF’s investments, please read the 2016 ECF Year End Report Investments Appendix.

 

 

“Elephants cannot be manufactured. Once they’re gone, they cannot be replaced.” – Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, DPhil, CBE, Founder and CEO of Save the Elephants

 

A virulent wave of poaching is threatening these iconic creatures, with an elephant killed for its tusks every 15 minutes.  Driving the killing is a complex, international ivory trade that thrives on poverty, corruption, and greed.

But there is hope. Conservation organizations and communities, scientists and governments, are all uniting behind a common strategy to stop the killing, the trafficking, and the demand for ivory. The Elephant Crisis Fund – a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network – exists to fuel this coalition, encourage collaboration, and deliver rapid impact on the ground.

The Elephant Crisis Fund has but one goal: to end the ivory crisis.

The Crisis:
Each year tens of thousands of elephants are killed for ivory 

At least 33,000 elephants are killed for their tusks each year in a devastating wave of poaching that is sweeping across Africa. This elephant genocide is driven by demand for ivory as a symbol of wealth or prestige in Asia. Sophisticated criminal elements – often the same groups that smuggle guns, people, and drugs – orchestrate the poaching and smuggling of elephant tusks to foreign markets. The illicit profits of this ivory trade finance terrorism and wars, threatening not only the future of elephants, but also security in Africa and around the world.

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The Solution:
A coalition to address poaching, trafficking, and demand

The elephant crisis is too big for any one organization or government to resolve. It requires the best ideas and actions from a diverse coalition of effective leaders, NGOs, institutions, media, scientists, and governments. It also requires speed and efficiency, collaboration, and innovation. These are the principles of the Elephant Crisis Fund. 

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“The Elephant Crisis Fund is a game-changer and my foundation is pleased to support it. The ECF is also changing environmental philanthropy by eliminating bureaucracy and overhead and making sure funding can reach the very best elephant conservation projects.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

Donate

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.

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