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Our Conservation and Community Projects

Present 

  1. Raising funds for an expanded community anti-poaching program through 100 Miles for Elephants fundraising treks in Kenya. Total raised to date: close to $ 70,000. The next trek is planned for Feb. 2015.
  2. Elephant Earth Events in North America and Asia to raise awareness and funds for elephant conservation and welfare.

On-going

  1. Funding anti-poacing scouts in Kirisia Hills, Laikipia.
  2. Funding university education of a young Samburu woman from a village in an important elephant corridor in Kenya.

Completed 

  1. Construction of a craft centre for Samburu women in Nalare, Laikipia.
  2. GPS collaring of Nelson, a key problem elephant in Laikipia
  3. Construction of new ranger shelters in the Salakpra Reserve, Thailand

Behind the scenes

  1. Lobbying to bring elephant-friendly training methods to Asian countries. 
  2. Acting as a hub to connect like-minded conservation and animal welfare groups.
  3. Collaboration with other welfare organizations to develop a responsible elephant tourism program in Thailand.

In the pipeline: 

  1. Mobile app to rank welfare standards in elephant camps and sanctuaries 
  2. Laos: survey of endangered population near Vientiane

Education and awareness-raising 

  1. Dag’s info/art exhibit, Elephant Enigma, which premiered in Victoria five years ago and since then has shown to great acclaim across North America, India and Europe. 
  2. Many multi-media presentations across North America and Asia about elephant conservation and welfare.
  3. Appearances in the media to highlight the present elephant poaching crisis. 

 

 




Anti-poaching initiative in the Kirisia Hills

Anti-poaching initiative in the Kirisia Hills

On our latest expedition, this time with Anne Powys and her herd of camels to carry our gear, we discovered the enchanted forest in Kenya’s Kirisia Hills which are surrounded by dry savannah on 3 sides and the Rift Valley on the other. It’s an amazingly pristine forest – a rare thing in Kenya these days - and a sanctuary for elephants, cape buffalo, lions, leopards and a host of other species. But what is particularly heartening is that the communities surrounding the forest understand how important it is for providing water and other resources for themselves and their domestic animals. They have come together to form the Kirisia Community Forestry Association, and over the last year their volunteer scouts have been patrolling the forest to keep out poachers and to save trees from illegal cutting and from forest fires. We met with the elders who are spearheading this effort – truly inspirational people. They have hand picked 12 scouts who have shown particular dedication over the last year, and who they feel should be rewarded with a stipend. We have committed to providing the necessary funds for this over the next year, to ensure that the scout program remains viable and the elephants of Kirisia forest remain protected. 




Human Elephant Conflict in Laikepia, Kenya

Human elephant conflict is a huge challenge to conserving habitat and protecting elephants. One village Maria and I visited in Laikipia, Kenya 4 people were killed by elephants in the past year – and that’s out of a population of 250 people! On top of that, these people are living such marginal lives that they face total destitution if their crops are raided. It’s no wonder elephants are sometimes killed and wounded. Trying to foster a positive attitude takes a lot of hard work and keeping elephants at bay is the first step.

It’s quite clear that if you don’t have the support of local people any conservation efforts will fail. So you have to help protect farms and villages that are attacked by elephants. The Laikipia Elephant Project (LEP) has been very successful at this through a combination of electric-fencing, collaring notorious bulls that have learned to break down electric fences and by educating local people.
We have chosen to partner with LEP as their approach and philosophy is one that is shared by Elephant Earth Initiative. We are hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment of the team, especially Max Graham and Tobias Ochieng and we look forward to working with them.

Hidden Places Travel provides funds to collar notorious bull elephant

Hidden Places Travel has transfered US $ 5000 dollars to EEI in order to fund the collaring of Nelson, a bull elephant well known to authorities. Mid January, a successful operation was launched by Laikepia Elephant Project to place a GPS device on Nelson which will allow him to be tracked on an hourly basis. Initially this data will be used to establish his range and routines and in the second phase a SMS warning signal will be sent to a team on the ground who will be able to see him off if he gets to close to elephant unfriendly areas. 

In the near future we hope to be able to provide you with a link to Google Earth so that you can track Nelson on an hourly basis!