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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ELEPHANT CRISIS FUND
At least 33,000 elephants are being killed every year for their ivory. The Elephant Crisis Fund provides quick, efficient support to the most effective projects aimed at stopping the killing, thwarting the traffickers and ending demand for ivory. Created by Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, 100% of funds reach the field.
Each year, we accept a small number of interns to Save the Elephants in Kenya. These internships comprise 1-2 month professional placements with one of our research projects in Kenya. The programme is best suited to university students or graduates pursuing a career in conservation, with skills in scientific data collection and analysis.
Our unique brand of conservation education encourages students to become ambassadors for elephants and the rich environment in which they live. Our scholarship programme transforms the prospects of children that live in the elephant rangelands and forges important links between the worlds of both sponsor and student.