Elephant Crisis Fund
A joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network working to end the ivory crisis.
Securing Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi
Through Elephant Crisis Fund, we support 20 anti-poaching scouts to secure the elephants in this rugged forest reserve. Thuma is one of the few regions in Malawi where elephants still roam free.
Defending Ivindo National Park
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we're supporting greater patrol activity and training for rangers in Gabon’s Ivindo National Park, protecting against increased threats of poaching in this strategic region for African forest elephants.
Surveying the Chinese Ivory Trade
This project funds an investigation by experts commissioned by Wildlife Conservation Network to determine why average retail prices for raw ivory in China have tripled in the last four years, reaching $2,100 per kilo by May.
Establishing a Hong Kong Ivory Ban
Hong Kong has long been a primary portal for China’s ivory trade. A ban on domestic ivory trade there would set a powerful precedent. Supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, WildAid is working to create a groundswell of support working with senior legislators in the country.
Changing Public Opinion in China
TV spots by stars like Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and Li Bingbing have gained widespread publicity and are helping to shift policy in China, contributing to a landmark announcement by the government that it will phase out the country's ivory industry.
Increasing Penalties for Wildlife Crime, Kenya
Previously just 4% of suspects in wildlife cases went to jail and maximum fines for ivory possession were only $350. A new watchdog system, supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, in Kenya’s courtrooms has now led to multiple life sentences and fines up to $225,000.
Implementing Maasai Mara Quick Response
One of Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas was beset by ivory poaching when the Mara Elephant Project was founded. To prevent the spread of poaching, Elephant Crisis Fund co-funded a new Quick Response Team to hold the line in this important protected area.
Sniffer Dog Program Analysis for Africa
Commissioned by Elephant Crisis Fund, this project with Working Dogs for Conservation investigates how best to use sniffer dogs in detecting both poachers and ivory as it is trafficked from Africa to foreign markets.
Supporting Air Patrols in Tsavo
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund we've funded aerial patrols and integrated ground operations over the vast Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya, home to numerous elephant herds. In just 18 months the project was able to find and destroy 81 poacher hideouts.
Tracking Elephants for Security in Kenya
Sophisticated tracking programs are sending real-time elephant locations to regional command and control centers. Our program with Elephant Crisis Fund aids ranger deployment in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Northern Rangelands and will soon extend to other regions.
Defending the Babile Elephant Population
This project protects the 200 remaining elephants in the Babile Elephant Sanctuary, which was once thought to be beyond rescue. The Elephant Crisis Fund rapidly mobilized to revitalize ranger forces in this critical region in Ethiopia.
Increasing Impacts of Patrols in Niassa
Patrols, aerial surveillance and intelligence gathering deter poaching and are key to saving one of Africa's most important elephant populations. Through Elephant Crisis Fund we support an advanced data collection platform to respond to threats in Mozambique.
Boosting Security in the Tutu Basin
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we are bolstering long-term investments for wildlife protection in this sensitive region of the DRC, supporting anti-poaching and intelligence gathering efforts to fight the spread of poachers in this key stronghold for forest elephants.
Protecting Boumba Bek National Park
The Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transborder forest (TRIDOM) is home to the largest elephant population in the Congo Basin. When a funding shift by USAID resulted in a serious funding gap, the Elephant Crisis Fund stepped in to ensure protection for the region.
Protecting Dzangha Sangha National Park
Wildlife Conservation Network was instrumental in recapturing the World Heritage site of Dzangha Bai in the Central African Republic, following an invasion by rebels who began killing elephants. This region is home to the world’s best-known forest elephant population.
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