BENEFITING: ELEPHANT FAMILY USA INC
WITHIN OUR LIFETIME ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC SPECIES ON THE PLANET WILL NO LONGER EXIST
...and the tipping point is approaching fast. We have no more than 5 years to act and save one of natures most exceptional giants - the elephant.
This October Owen Wilson will bring together some of the worlds top artists who are donating unique pieces of art to benefit Elephant Family and Space for Giants but we still need more support!
Money donated will go to three different aspects that aid the survival of elephants.
1) Illegal Trade
Elephant Family is fighting to STOP the systematic removal of baby elephants from their forest homes. In order to fuel the tourist industry in Thailand, baby elephants are being captured and subjected to a horrific 'domestication' process, before winding up at elephant camps where tourists pose for pictures with them, unaware of the elephant's tragic story. Right now our campaigns team is lobbying the Thai government to stop the illegal trade. Our campaign is already seeing amazing successes. But to get to where we need to, we urgently need to expose the full extent of the problem and how it is devastating wild populations. Only when we are armed with information on trade routes, capture hotspots, and the numbers of elephants crossing borders each year can we equip governments with the intelligence they need to enforce the law and stamp out corruption.
2) Co-Existance not Conflict
With the help of Tusk funding, the Mount Kenya Elephant Corridor project allows elephants to move safely from the north-west side of Mount Kenya to Ndare Forest Reserve and north in a pattern similar to historical migration routes. The corridor by-passes a major road using an innovative underpass, thus mitigated potential human-wildlife conflict.
Asia: Assam in India
Aim: To secure the Kalapahar-Daigurung Corridor within the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape
Results: Work began to secure the corridor in 2013, in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India. This will be a major undertaking for Elephant Family over the coming years, and will involve relocating the two villages, ensuring that those who currently live there benefit. The villagers are ready to move and are fully behind the project, as is the local council. As a first step, 15 acres of farmland have been purchased away from the corridor so that the villagers can grow their crops without the risk of them being eaten or trampled by elephants; they have already had a successful rice harvest.
3) The People Aspect and Education
With the help of Tusk funding, Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) conducts workshops and educational programs to educate local communities on crop protection and mitigation of damage by elephant migration. CLZ works with local communities to introduce effective mitigation techniques including chilli fences and chilli bombs and other ways to protect crops from being raided.