Stories

Stories

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  • Mixed News for Elephants in 2022
    Mixed News for Elephants in 2022 August 9, 2022

    The first half of 2022 has brought a mixture of good and bad news for elephants in Africa. Poaching levels remain low across most of Africa, but there are some places where it endures and it seems that ivory trafficking may be picking up again. Meanwhile the threat from human-elephant conflict continues to escalate.

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  • An Inspiring Trip to Central Africa
    An Inspiring Trip to Central Africa August 8, 2022

    Ensuring every dollar is used for maximum benefit for elephants is ECF’s principal objective. Save the Elephants’ deep knowledge of elephants and African conservation organizations, and an extensive network of contacts, allows us to direct funding to where it is really needed. An important part of our due diligence is field visits.

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  • Sigh of Relief for Communities Living near the Serengeti
    Sigh of Relief for Communities Living near the Serengeti August 8, 2022

    As with many rural African communities, people living near the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. Farmers living in Ikona Wildlife Management Area, along the western edge of the National Park, face an additional challenge from elephants coming from the unfenced National Park in search of food.

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  • Addressing the Root Causes of Human-Elephant Conflict in Botswana
    Addressing the Root Causes of Human-Elephant Conflict in Botswana August 8, 2022

    Habitat loss and fragmentation are the leading causes of human-elephant conflict (HEC). The piecemeal conversion of wildlands into human settlements and agricultural land gives rise to a complex landscape in which humans and elephants compete for resources in the same space.

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  • An Extraordinary Workhorse in the Wild
    An Extraordinary Workhorse in the Wild August 8, 2022

    In 2015, the ECF funded the purchase of a Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB) by The Zambezi Society, at a time when poaching pressure was at its peak in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley. Little did we realize at the time the extraordinary impact that this humble piece of machinery would have, both to stem the tide of poaching and to increase much needed tourism income across the valley.

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  • Bringing Down an Ivory Trafficking Network
    Bringing Down an Ivory Trafficking Network August 8, 2022

    Successful law enforcement efforts against high profile wildlife criminals like the members of the Kromah network have disrupted ivory trafficking networks. These arrests also send a clear signal that trading in ivory is no longer a low risk activity. Read more about how members of this notorious network have been brought to justice.

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