Space for Giants (@spaceforgiants) — Conserving Africa's elephants + their landscapes. Smarter protection, stronger laws, new research, conservation investment.
... Looks like these GIANTS are feeling the valentines vibe!
(📸 credit: J Sadler
... Looks like these GIANTS are feeling the valentines vibe! (📸 credit: J Sadler) #valentines#iloveelephants#wildlifephotography#Kenya#africa#elephants
14.02.2019 11:31:10
Conservationists across the globe are worried about the health of Africa's vultu
Conservationists across the globe are worried about the health of Africa's vulture population reports Caroline Chebet, one of Kenya's #GiantsClub African Conservation Journalism Fellows. In an article recently published by @standardkenya, one of Kenya's leading Newspapers, Chebet says that declining vulture populations are affecting human health because the birds of prey act as nature’s undertaker by clearing infected carcasses that can easily spread anthrax, tuberculosis and brucellosis — an infectious disease that can spread from animals to humans. She playfully adds that if estimated, the world would owe each vulture more than $11,000 for their natural “cleaning services.” Please read Chebet's #mustread full article via link in bio. @spaceforgiants#GiantsClub African Conservation Journalism Fellowship Programme gathers 24 specialist reporters working for national media in each of the four Giants Club countries: Kenya, #botswana , #uganda , and #Gabon . It connects them to new contacts, mentors them as they report stories, and aims to increase strong, independent, science-led journalism about conservation issues. #africanvoices#vulture#africa#savethevultures#journalism#Kenya#spreadtheword (📸 credit: J Sadler)
12.02.2019 11:51:24
Last week, Space for Giants' important work in supporting our partners in Kenya
Last week, Space for Giants' important work in supporting our partners in Kenya to strengthen wildlife cases continued. In an intense 10 day training held in Naivasha , @kenyawildlifeservice Scene of Crime Officers learnt critical skills including processing a vehicle in a crime scene and recovering ivory with the assistance of an incredible substance detection dog. This is one of the most likely scenarios these officers are going to encounter during their line of work and as such it is critical that the officers are well trained on the exact procedures and protocols they must follow. This training was made possible through the incredible support of @conservationorg , #unodc,@elephantcooperation, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions - Kenya, #CyberCrime and the Asset Recovery Agency. Together with our partners, Space for Giants continues to work hard in securing a future for African elephants and the landscapes in which they depend. Our support has helped cut down poaching by 84% where we work in Laikipia, Kenya. Wildlife crime prosecution rates rose from 24% to over 90%, thanks in part to our support, according to Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions. For more information see link in bio #spaceforgiants#wildlifejustice#crimescene#partnership#community (📸 credit @maurice.schutgens)
11.02.2019 14:15:28
This week we expanded our Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowship
This week we expanded our Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowships to Uganda. Here the new Fellows interview @ugwildlife's Edward Asalu, Chief Warden of Queen Elizabeth National Park, during a field trip to see the new electrified fence we're building there to keep elephants and farmers safe from one another. We reckon that to succeed, we need the people in the countries where we work to understand what we do and why we do it. Getting the facts out about conservation via the media is a great way to do that. The band of specialist conservation and environment reporters are growing where we work in #Kenya,#Botswana,#Uganda, and #Gabon. We're happy to help where we can - contact us, too, if you want to get your message to these reporters. #conservation#journalism#tellitstraight#environmentaljournalism#bekindtoelephants#worthmorealive#spaceforgiants
08.02.2019 15:50:12
Our Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowships are designed to rela
Our Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowships are designed to relay accurate and compelling journalism, which we know is critical for Africans in seeing what is at stake as they form their views about the value of conservation. Here's a great example. Caroline Chebet is one of Kenya's excelling Fellows and writes about the state of Lake Bogoria in Kenya's Rift Valley. Published by @standardkenya Chebet brings out strongly the ever-increasing pressures on natural resources, in this case, Lake Baringo, and the need for developments that support an ever-growing human population. To read Chebet's full article, please see link in bio. Space for Giants uses the power of elephants to bring attention to the importance of protecting landscapes because it’s those landscapes that provide us all with oxygen, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, medicine, livelihoods and income. By using the power of elephants we hope to spur strong conversations on just how connected our world is. #spaceforgiants#GiantsClub#africanvoices#conservation#conservationstories#elephants#iloveelephants#greencorridors#lifeprotectedlandconnected@the.independent
05.02.2019 10:01:09
In 2018, there was a 90% reduction in elephants poached in Laikipia, Kenya compa
In 2018, there was a 90% reduction in elephants poached in Laikipia, Kenya compared to 2017. There was also 34% reduction in elephants killed from human elephant conflict in the same time period. This is definitely worth celebrating! To learn more about our Impact in 2018, please see link in bio. #spaceforgiants#mondaymood#worthmorealive
04.02.2019 11:27:17
Unless legal systems are strengthened, criminal cartels will continue to get awa
Unless legal systems are strengthened, criminal cartels will continue to get away with their crimes, exploiting existing weaknesses in the system. In 2018, Space for Giants released the report -  Analysis of Prosecutions of Ivory, Rhino Horn and Sandalwood Crime in North Central Kenya. This case study grew out of Space for Giants’ wildlife justice programme where members of the team tracked cases from arrest to conclusion, including monitoring trials. Within it, a number of recommendations were made to address the gaps in prosecutions of wildlife offences. In January 2019, Kenya made amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Management Act (WCMA) 2013. Shamini Jayanathan, Director of our Wildlife Justice programme last week wrote an Op-ed that supports the amendments that address many of the problems with the legislation that were highlighted in the Space for Giants court monitoring report on Laikipia in 2018. Space for Giants' wildlife justice programme provides support to both prosecution and investigation authorities upon request and has published a suite of wildlife and forestry crime advisory guides, including on sentencing, legislation, court surveys, scene-of-crime investigations, and collecting evidence. You can read the full version of Shamini's op-ed as well as access copies of the guides named above via link in bio (Giants view). #wildlifejustice#justiceforelephants#spaceforgiants#wildlifeconservationmanagementact2013#Kenya#AfricanElephants#Africa#Laikipia
04.02.2019 10:26:46
Notches may develop on elephant ears over time. Seen as 'wear and tear' that hap
Notches may develop on elephant ears over time. Seen as 'wear and tear' that happens most often on elephants with less thicker ears, these notches are sometimes used to identify an individual. #funfacts#iloveelephants#spaceforgiants
29.01.2019 06:50:43
A GIANT shout out  of #gratitude to all the fence teams @spaceforgiants , togeth
A GIANT shout out of #gratitude to all the fence teams @spaceforgiants , together with our partners and supporters work with in our human-elephant co-existence programme. Constructing the fences and ensuring that they are in perfect condition is no easy task. Two-thirds of elephant habitat will be heavily affected by human activity within 30 years. This is double what it is now! Our human-elephant co-existence programme now extends from Kenya, into Gabon, Uganda and Botswana and is set to grow significantly in 2019. To learn more visit our website via link in bio. #mondaymotivation#fences#africa#community#spaceforgiants#greencorridors#elephants
28.01.2019 13:39:16
@spaceforgiants has pioneered short-post fences design in #Laikipia and has now
@spaceforgiants has pioneered short-post fences design in #Laikipia and has now exported that ground-breaking expertise to human-wildlife conflict hotspots in Gabon, #Botswana , and #Uganda. In 2017, we Provided technical support for three new fences in Gabon at Simitang, near Libreville, and near Loango National Park. Rebecca, a local farmer from #Gabon who lives next to the park, had this to say: " My situation was bad. Life was not good. I came here when I got married. People were staying in the bush and in the camps. We used to pick up boxes, and tie them to the ropes. When the animals came, they would touch the rope, the boxes would make noise and we would know that the animals had come into the farm or were close by. But some mornings, we would wake up back and see everything has disappeared, everything has been removed. Whatever was left we would cook it. We are much better now. We have food. We no longer pay rice, how can we when we now have so much food? We grow cassava before we couldn’t. For 2 years, and since the fence was built, we get what we plant." #spaceforgiants#greencorridors#community#lifeprotectedlandconnected
27.01.2019 08:59:14
Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya and wife of Giants Club President His Exc
Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya and wife of Giants Club President His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, is perhaps one of her country’s greatest advocate for conservation. Here's a snippet of an update on the conservation progress in Kenya the First Lady gave in 2018: "Due to wildlife law enforcement efforts and government investment in anti-poaching, Kenya has considerably reduced poaching in the last three years. We have revamped and improved training and equipped Kenya Wildlife Service ranger forces that continuously evict poacher elements from our Parks. We have strengthened collaborations on fighting wildlife crime including the judiciary alongside local, regional and international stakeholders, and most importantly, local communities.  Kenya is committed to eliminate markets and reduce demand, through burning of ivory and rhino stockpiles. We have found this to be an impactful technique to deter poaching and suppressing the illegal wildlife trade." #GiantsClub#leadersinconservation#spaceforgiants#Kenya#iloveelephants#worthmorealive
27.01.2019 08:49:35
What's a healthy tortoise got to do with it? Our answer is a lot! 
You see eleph
What's a healthy tortoise got to do with it? Our answer is a lot! You see elephants are a keystone species in their environments - ecologically as well as economically. @spaceforgiants knows that protecting elephants means protecting habitats and other wildlife like these amazing tortoises. Elephants quite sustainably clear dense bush to allow grassland to flourish and other species big or small to thrive. #wednesdaywisdom#habitat#spaceforgiants#greencorridors#landconnectedlifeprotected#tortoise
23.01.2019 12:24:34
One of Space for Giants' highlights so far this week is the delivery of a prosec
One of Space for Giants' highlights so far this week is the delivery of a prosecution induction course to prosecutors from the Ugandan Department of Public Prosecutions, Wildlife and Forestry Authorities. Our legal director, Shamini Jayanathan met with Uganda's Director of Public Prosecutions, Honourable Mike Chibita (both pictured), to discuss embedding institutional change on how all wildlife cases are charged, and developing a specialist wildlife prosecution team within his office. In 2016, the @spaceforgiants#GiantsClub launched a new legal guide to help ensure those who commit wildlife crimes are more effectively punished. This was made possible by the unwavering support from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , the @ugwildlife, Interpol and the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism. To read more about our important work on wildlife law and justice please follow links in bio. #spaceforgiants#wildlifejustice#justiceforelephants#iloveelephants#Uganda#tourism#unodc
23.01.2019 11:17:25
At Space for Giants, we know how important it is for you to read compelling stor
At Space for Giants, we know how important it is for you to read compelling stories from the regions where we work in the last remaining habitats across Africa that elephants depend. Just #incaseyoumissedit here's a blog we published last year by Chege Amos who works jointly with @spaceforgiants and @loisaba_conservancy , in identifying elephants in the Loisaba Conservancy in #laikipia , supervising implementing the mobile wildlife monitoring tool called SMART as well as train Kenyan wildlife rangers on how to use the latest tech to record their patrols. Analysis of this data helps managers make better conservation decisions, he says. Read Chege's full blog via link in bio (News) #peopleinconservation#technology#smart#rangers#elephants#africa#conservation
22.01.2019 10:14:10
These baby elephants know what's good for them staying very close to their mothe
These baby elephants know what's good for them staying very close to their mother! You see baby elephants called calves can't see very well at first, but they can recognise their mothers by touch, scent, and sound and they can drink up to 3 gallons (slightly over 11 litres) of milk per day. They can continue to do so, in some cases, for up to 10 years. #funfacts#babyelephants#worthmorealive#elephants#landscapephotography#iloveelephants#AfricanElephants
22.01.2019 06:41:27
Space for Giants has used every tool in the kit, so to speak, in supporting our
Space for Giants has used every tool in the kit, so to speak, in supporting our partners in all regions of our work. This includes #Kenya where we continue to work with the @kenyawildlifeservice in significantly cutting down poaching numbers where we are based in #laikipiacounty . The research papers we have and continue to produce informs policy, fences which have significantly cut crop raiding, and very importantly informed the securing of critical elephant habitat like at @loisaba_conservancy where this amazing picture was taken. @spaceforgiants was founded to do just that - to bring the resources necessary to secure elephant habitats forever. For more information please see link in bio for more details. #marchforgiants#spaceforgiants#jointheherd#ittakesaherd#elephants#marchforelephants#saveelephants#stoppoaching#iloveelephants#greencorridors
21.01.2019 06:45:13
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