Elephant Crisis Fund (@elephantcrisisfund) — The ECF is helping to prevent the ivory poaching crisis by funding the best partners and most urgent projects around the world.
Proud to be supporting our new partners, @wingsforconservation, whose aerial patrols are helping protect a key elephant population in the southwest of Chad. #elephants#ElephantCrisisFund#WingsForConservation#Chad#AerialPatrols#Repost@wingsforconservation ・ ・ ・ During the month of October, our aircraft flew a total of 51.4 hours of surveillance missions, covering a distance of 7145 kilometers. The aircraft had to fly an additional and unscheduled 21 hours to provide support to ground teams during an imminent poaching threat. A big thanks to the @elephantcrisisfund , @savetheelephants , and @wildnetorg for supporting our additional flight hours this month. To see the full monthly report please visit www.wingsforconservation.org/reports #conservation#antipoaching#elephants
Well done to our partner @biglifeafrica and all involved. #Repost@biglifeafrica with @get_repost ・・・ UNEARTHING TIM: The Battle to Rescue an Amboseli Icon Mondays don’t start much worse than this: a big bull elephant stuck in the mud deep in the Kimana swamp. Our hearts sank. An aerial view confirmed the worst: Tim, one of Africa’s largest and most magnificent elephants, clearly in serious trouble. Big Life rangers responded immediately, but the outlook wasn’t good. Tim was up to his neck in mud and immobilized, with no chance of escaping on his own. Nor was there a way for a vehicle to get close to him. Failure—Tim’s death—was a real possibility. Everyone got to work. How do you pull a 6-ton object out of a suction pit, when that object is alive, thrashing, and has no idea the people around him are trying to help? Tim was understandably aggressive, stressed, and tiring fast. Luckily, support was on the way from all over Kenya. A @KenyaWildlifeService tractor had been steadily chugging in from Amboseli since the alert was sounded, and our experienced friends at @DSWT were also wrapping their heads around how to pull Tim out. The answer was going to be a 300m long tow strap, flown in from Nairobi. The tractor ultimately had to approach from the far side, where the land was drier/firmer. Two Big Life Land Cruisers and the tractor pulled, the tow strap went tight, and then… the strap snapped. After more pulling, and more strap breakages/repairs, the tractor and vehicles finally managed to pull Tim onto firmer footing. But he was too worn out from the ordeal to even stand. The vehicles kept pulling slowly, knowing that his life depended on it. Finally, in the last light of the day, Tim stood. As the crowd cheered, he shrugged the tow straps off before slowly heading back toward @KimanaSanctuary. The rangers stayed with him until he was safely back on protected land. Rangers are keeping an eye on Tim, and he appears to be fine. We’re not quite sure how many lives Tim has left, but we’ll continue doing our best to make sure that he lives each of them to the fullest! A huge thanks, as always, to KWS and DSWT, and to our supporters around the world.
Four poachers responsible for killing elephants in Congo's Nouabale-Ndoki National Park have been handed the highest sentence for wildlife crime in Congo: five years in jail and a fine of 5,000,000 XAF each ($10,000 USD). They were arrested during a joint operation with the Congolese Army and the Police in October 2018. . . The operation was launched following a series of poaching alerts received from the Park's research sites and the community of Bomassa. Over three days, park rangers successfully tracked the poachers to their camp and arrested the four - including their notorious gang leader Leonard Beckou - in possession of ivory and heavy calibre weaponry. . . This landmark arrest and sentence is a result of months of effort and investment by ECF partner, Wildlife Conservation Society with support from the ECF, to better equip, train and professionalise the park's protection force. #elephants#ivory#NouabaleNdoki#Congo#WCS#elephantcrisisfund. Photo: Forrest Hogg
Here’s a wonderful post from our partner @biglifeafrica whose aerial patrols are helping protect Amboseli’s elephants. We are proud to be supporting Big Life by funding fuel for Big Life planes for anti-poaching patrols. #BigLifeFoundation#ElephantCrisisFund#elephants#Amboseli#Kenya#Repost@biglifeafrica ・・・ One of the beautiful elephant bulls Big Life works to protect, having a 'right of way' standoff with our Head of Security on the taxiway this weekend. #elephant#supercub#biglifefoundation#whyilovekenya
A law enforcement guard watches elephant bulls drinking water at Zakouma National Park’s HQ in southeast Chad. The elephants come to the waterhole during the dry season and have learnt to drink cold water from the hosepipe. Our partner, @africanparksnetwork, which manage Zakouma, use this opportunity to allow local communities to experience the elephants up close and develop an understanding of why it is important to protect these gentle giants. The ECF is supporting Zakouma by funding the purchase and fitting of collars to help monitor and protect elephants in the park. Photo: Kyle de Nobrega #elephants#AfricanParks#Chad#ZaloumaNationalPark#ElephantCrisisFund
The last remaining forest elephants in Omo Forest Reserve in southern Nigeria, estimated to be about 60 – 80 individuals, are under threat from illegal settlers clearing their habitat for farmland. The Ogun State government in Nigeria has agreed to create a wildlife sanctuary within the reserve that will be free from farming and hunting. The ECF is supporting these efforts by funding ranger training, deployment, uniforms and equipment. Six community rangers, employed to patrol the zone, have already made two arrests and helped reduce further forest clearance. Camera trap photo from Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative 2017 #elephants#Nigeria#omoforestreserve#WhitleyWildlifeConservationTrust#ElephantCrisisFund#nigeriaconservationfoundation
Save The Elephants and The Elephant Crisis Fund are at the IWT (Illegal Wildlife Trade) conference in London this week where we hope governments will be inspired to recognise the significance of illegal wildlife trade, strengthen laws around wildlife trafficking and establish task forces that have the mandate and capacity to tackle high level traffickers. IWT is a form of serious organised crime, intimately linked with other crimes such as corruption, drug trafficking and terrorism, causing significant damage to fragile economies. Protecting wildlife requires a global coalition of support and we hope governments will redouble efforts against poaching, trafficking and illegal ivory sales. #IWT#illegalwildlifetrade#london#savetheelephants#elephantcrisisfund#IWT18#endwildlifecrime. Photo: Frank af Petersens
In South Sudan, the ECF has been supporting @thewcs, working with the South Sudan National Wildlife Service (SSNWS), with the implementation of its wildlife anti-trafficking and elephant protection strategies. Analysis of performance over the last two years has shown that the WCS / SSNWS anti-trafficking sniffer dog unit is having a disruptive impact at Juba International Airport, key road checkpoints, and surrounding landscape. In one recent seizure, 82 ivory bangles weighing 2.93 kg, one ivory ring and two rings made of pangolin scales were confiscated. To further combat the ongoing trafficking menace, WCS is also supporting the SSNWS with the establishment of its Wildlife Crime Database Unit. #antitrafficking#WildlifeConservationSociety#SouthSudan#ElephantCrisisFund#snifferdogs#SouthSudanNationalWildlifeService. Photo: WCS South Sudan
Great attendance at a press conference for the launch of a new STE report in into the illegal ivory trade in Myanmar. The report, funded by the Elephant Crisis Fund and published by @savetheelephants, shows that one Myanmar town in particular, Mong La, on the border of China, has experienced a ‘prolific growth’ in ivory trading. At the conference in Nairobi yesterday, STE founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton, said “The new study into Myanmar’s illegal ivory trade shows the scale of the challenge that remains for elephants in the face of the ivory trade.” The report was dedicated to ivory trade specialist, Esmond Bradley Martin, who was tragically killed in Nairobi in February 2018. #illegalivorytrade#myanmarreport#savetheelephants
The knowledge required to protect the elephants of Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is particularly complex, not just because of the vast geography of the park, but also because of the threat from both local and wide ranging poachers and wildlife traffickers. @AfricanParksNetwork, who assumed management of Garamba in partnership with the ICCN in 2005, have taken a unique approach to understanding this regional threat by developing a cultural advisory programme. The programme aims to engage with local communities and build a constituency for conservation, where communities play an integral role in ensuring the long-term survival of protected areas like Garamba. So far in 2018, only two elephants have been confirmed as poached in Garamba. #elephants#AfricanParks#DemocraticRepublicCongo#GarambaNationalPark. Photo: African Parks/Jean Labuschagne
Big news from ECF grantee @biglifeafrica who report that in the previous quarter, they not only had zero confirmed elephant deaths from either poaching or human-elephant conflict but also zero cases of elephants injured by humans. This may be attributed to regular patrols carried out by Big Life rangers and an abundance of water and pasture respectively thus resulting in less human elephant conflict. The ECF has been funding aerial patrols for Big Life Foundation. #elephants#BigLifeFoundation#humanelephantconflict#patrols. Photo: @janewynyard