Right now, there is a crisis going on in Africa. The iconic African Elephant, which once roamed the entire continent, has seen its population shrink drastically. These majestic animals have been impacted not only by loss of much of their traditional grazing lands, but also by the threat posed by poachers, who hunt them for their ivory and their meat.
In fact, over the past 100 years the population of African Elephants has dropped from 3-5 million to just over 350,000.
The remaining elephants are particularly vulnerable to poachers because of the concentrated areas they now roam. Unfortunately, the situation remains dire for the elephants in Zambia, with only approximately 21,000 left in the country.
Thankfully, many nations, including Zambia, have created national parks and preserves to protect this important animal. One such preserve is Kafue National Park in Western Zambia.
Support the Zambian Rangers of Kafue National Park
Created in 1924 and spanning over 8,000 square miles, Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia and second largest park in Africa. This makes the park an enticing target for poachers seeking elephant tusks and meat.
The park’s elephants are guarded around the clock by the Game Rangers International (GRI) – supported Zambian Rangers. The 200 rangers in the park risk their lives every day to keep the elephants and other wildlife in Kafue safe from poachers and other risks.
The First Line of Defense to Save the Elephants of Zambia
GRI takes a holistic approach to conservation, embracing resource protection, community outreach, and wildlife rescue. At GRI, the term ‘Ranger’ refers to all frontline conservationists, regardless of whether they are working in anti-poaching, education, or wildlife rescue.
The GRI-Supported Zambian Rangers perform round-the-clock anti-poaching patrols on foot, and by vehicle and boat. Each ranger is on duty 24 hours per day during their 20-day shifts.
The rangers clear snares and traps, respond to incidents in the park, and man the entry and exit points for the park’s roads. They also conduct dangerous anti-poaching operations to protect and conserve Zambia’s elephant population.
In the past 5 years, the Rangers have:
· Conducted over 775 anti-poaching operations
· Arrested 607 poachers and other animal traffickers
· Recovered over 600 pounds of illegal ivory
· Confiscated 324 illegal firearms in the park
Under the guidance and leadership of the Warden and Senior Warden, and with the support of the Zambian Department of National Parks & Wildlife, the GRI-Supported Rangers have led the effort to protect these magnificent animals.
The Rangers Need Your Help – Today!
The Rangers of Kafue National Park do an amazing job with very limited resources. While there are currently just over 200 rangers in the park, it is estimated that it will take over 1,200 rangers to effectively patrol the entire 8,000+ square mile preserve.
The Rangers operate on an extremely efficient budget. Just US$260 can cover the living expenses of one Ranger for one month… in other words, for every $9 we raise through this campaign, we will be able to support a Ranger's living expense for one day.
Our goal for this campaign is to raise $15,000 to support the Rangers of Kafue National Park… will you join us to help support these brave men and to help save the African Elephants of Zambia?
Please note that we aren't sharing the names of the individual rangers in order to protect their identities. The rangers are engaged in difficult work, and could become the targets of poachers and others who want to do harm to the elephants in the park.
What is Elephant Cooperation?
Elephant Cooperation is a US-based 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness of the African Elephant crisis and to supporting existing non-profits that are on the ground fighting to preserve this iconic animal.
For this campaign, we have partnered with Game Rangers International (GRI), a Zambian conservation organization, working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to protect the wildlife in Zambia.
Check Out of Our GRI Video Interview Here:
How You Can Help
The elephants of Africa need your help! For every $25 donated, you can cover the operational and living expense of one Zambian Ranger a day. Will you help save the African Elephant by supporting the Zambian Rangers today? We can’t do it without your help!
As our way of saying thank you for your amazing support, donors who give at the following levels through this campaign will receive the following benefits:
Please Note: To claim your donation gift, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can request your shipping address.
$5 – Friend of the Elephants (Thank You)
· Donors who give at this level will receive a personalized ‘Thank You’ from the Elephant Cooperation team.
$25 – Ranger Supporter (Decal)
· Donors who give at this level will receive a distinctive Elephant Cooperation sticker to show their support for this vital cause.
$40 – Elephant Advocate (Hat)
· Donors who give at this level will receive a hat with the Elephant Cooperation logo.
$80 – Partner in Conservation (Elephant Cooperation T-Shirt)
· Donors who give at this level will receive an Elephant Cooperation t-shirt in the size of your choice (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
$140 - Wildlife Defender (Elephant Cooperation Sweatshirt)
· Donors who give at this level will receive a lightweight Elephant Cooperation sweatshirt in the size of your choice (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
$250 – Honorary Ranger (T-shirt AND Sweatshirt)
· Donors who give at this level will receive both an Elephant Cooperation t-shirt and an Elephant Cooperation sweatshirt, in the size of your choice (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
The Rangers need your help today. Please click the donate button now to show your support!
Disclaimer: A portion of the campaign proceeds will also go to defray the costs of running the campaign.