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 good news about International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) elephant protection efforts 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, keeping it clear for elephant migration instead fragmented by human development. We also unveiled a plan that will protect wildlife while benefitting the local community and investors in perpetuity through eco-friendly tourism and enterprise projects.

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 non-governmental organizations 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 an innovative partnership between IFAW and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), which includes the development of a counter wildlife crime intelligence fusion centre and modernization of KWS security operations to stop poachers before they kill elephants and rhinos. 

Across the wire, the Liwonde Elephant Habitat Project

After six months, scouts with Operation Safe Haven in Liwonde National Park, Malawi recovered more 3,500 snares and 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. This data will help with future development planning to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

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

Two juvenile females, Tora and Rani, rehabilitated and released into the wild by IFAW and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) 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 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.

With involvement of local communities and support from IFAW’s donors around the world, these initiatives give me hope that we can build a better future that has room for both elephants and people. 


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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
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Dr. Joseph Okori
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Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
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James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
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Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
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Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
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