Celebrating elephant protection of past year on World Elephant Day

With our #Every15Minutes campaign on Twitter today spreading awareness about the plight of elephants poached for ivory, we wanted to take a moment to share with you some other great accomplishments the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has achieved regarding elephant protection around the globe this past year.

In Kenya, investing in a conservancy for Kitenden

IFAW presented a check for year two (of a five-year lease) to the Maasai people to reserve the Kitenden Corridor, which connects Amboseli National Park to Mount Kilimanjaro, for elephant migration instead of unmitigated human development. We also unveiled a plan that will protect wildlife while benefitting the local community and investors through eco-friendly tourism and enterprise projects in perpetuity.

Progress on elephant protection at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

As one of the founding commitment makers for the Save Africa’s Elephants initiative, an unprecedented coalition of NGOs and heads of state formally agreed to coordinate on elephant protection. This year, we renewed our CGI commitment in three areas of work: protecting Elephants in Amboseli, Kenya, ending Ivory Trade in China, and supporting the Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network.

Ten Boma—from fighting terrorism to saving elephants

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources announced a partnership between IFAW and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), which aims to protect elephants by stopping poaching through the use of drones and geospatial data.

Across the wire, the Liwonde Elephant Habitat Project

After six months, scouts with IFAW’s Operation Safe Haven have recovered more 3,500 snares and have helped with the arrest of more than 30 poachers.

Long-term collared elephant study reveals wide-reaching travel, more potential human conflict areas

Our strategic collaring of 12 elephants—monitored daily for more than two years—has yielded a detailed scatterplot chart that gives us the best view of elephant use of the Amboseli ecosystem to date. Our research shows that the elephants use land from four different Maasai group ranches and that elephants in certain groups migrate in very specific patterns around human settlements.

Milestone achieved: Two rehabbed elephants reintegrate with a wild herd in India

Two juvenile females, Tora and Rani, rehabilitated by IFAW-WTI since they were orphaned were monitored traveling with wild elephants for a period of more than 60 days, an important milestone in what could likely become the first-ever successful reintegration of rehabilitated calves into the wild herds in Assam, India.

In London, a Royal occasion to save Asian elephants

An alliance made up of five leading conservation organisations was officially launched in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai Mathai, the High Commissioner for India. An official declaration was made stating that the Asian elephant is an endangered species that requires immediate conservation assistance from governmental, non-governmental and corporate bodies for its survival and a campaign was started to £20 million to fund 100 new elephant corridors in India by 2025.

--JB

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