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Critically Endangered Forest Elephants Need Your Help to Ensure a Safe Home in Gabon

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THE STORY:

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT:  If we meet our $50,000 goal, another organization has pledged to match our funds with an additional $50,000!  Your donation will help us put $100,000 total towards infrastructure, research, and community education projects to directly help Gabon’s forest elephants.  

 

SUMMARY

Forest elephants are the most critically endangered elephants in Africa. A magnificent subspecies of African elephant, forest elephants play an invaluable keystone role in their local environments, dispersing seeds that allow rainforests to thrive. But poachers have decimated more than 60% of their population in less than a decade, leaving these elephants perilously close to extinction.

If these elephants can be saved, they can be saved in Gabon -- a nation known as “the last hope” for forest elephants thanks to its strong government commitment to protecting wildlife. A lush forested nation in west Africa, Gabon is a fragile home to 70 percent of Africa’s remaining forest elephants.

That’s why we’re partnering with a reputable field organization to create an elephant protection program in Gabon’s Moukalaba-Doudou National Park.

Your dollars will buy supplies and equipment for park rangers and scientists to monitor and protect the park’s elephants. You’ll also help us develop tools and education programs to help local villagers coexist peacefully with elephants, such as by building beehive fences and promoting ecotourism.

These efforts will have a direct impact on the thousands of elephant families living in this park, along with their human neighbors -- and will have ripple effects that will benefit all the elephants of Gabon.

“There is no Gabon, or Africa, without elephants,” said Gabonese ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo on October 23.

Don’t sit by and watch forest elephants disappear into extinction. Please help us meet our $50,000 donation goal and save these invaluable elephants today!

 

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP ELEPHANTS

Your dollars will support a multi-pronged effort to protect Gabon’s forest elephants in Moukalaba-Doudou National Park.

Moukalaba-Doudou is Gabon’s third largest national park and home to the nation’s second largest elephant population. Due to its location and wildlife populations, it’s also the perfect place to test strategies and programs that can then be expanded on a national level.

In partnership with PROGRAM and the Gabonese National Parks program, our program will create:

  • Eyes and ears on the ground. We’ll hire, train and support trackers and ecoguards on the front lines and equip them with communications tools, GPS, and vehicles to help them monitor the park’s elephants.
  • Tools and technology for scientists.  We’ll buy tools and set up a lab so scientists can collect and analyze data about the park’s elephants, including their DNA, to better understand the elephants and their movements.
  • New strategies for local villages. We’ll identify and put in place the best methods for minimizing elephant crop raiding, such as beehive fences and strategic farming techniques, to reduce elephant-human conflict.
  • Education and awareness. We’ll develop and test an awareness campaign, targeted to local communities, about the plight of elephants and the importance of saving them.

You can help us make this happen. And thanks to our pledge for $50,000 in matching funds, every dollar you donate will automatically turn into $2. Please donate to save Gabon’s forest elephants today!

 

ABOUT OUR PARTNER

Elephants DC is proud to partner with a field organization on the ground in Gabon, a highly respected and highly effective local conservation NGO called PROGRAM.

Since 2004, PROGRAM has been working successfully to conserve biodiversity and support local communities at Moukalaba-Doudou National Park. PROGRAM has already made important strides in protecting the park’s unique gorilla and primate populations, including establishing a community-based sustainable ecotourism program that Bradt travel guides calls “one of the most authentic rainforest experiences one could wish for.”

With our help, PROGRAM’s conservation experts will expand their reach to benefit forest elephants, using the invaluable knowledge and skills they’ve built up about the region, its local communities and government, and ecosystem.

 

GET INVOLVED

Please donate to support the forest elephants of Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, and then spread the word to everyone you know.

Ask your company and local businesses to support our project, too. (Corporate donation forms available on request -- email fundraising@elephantsdc.org.)

Elephants DC is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent under the law.

Learn more about Elephants DC and other ways you can help elephants by following us on Facebook and visiting our website, www.elephantsdc.org.

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$5,217

MONEY RAISED
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    $50

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    $25

  • Richard Baker

    $100

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    $50

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  • Kyle Mahaney

    $50

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    $50

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    $100

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  • Denise Davis

    $100

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    $25

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    $20

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    $25

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    $50

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    $20

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    $33

  • Katie

    $10

  • Jen Samuel

    $120

  • Abbi B.

    $25

  • Elephants DC

    $575

  • Dyonisius Dony Ariananda

    $10

  • Stern Family

     

  • Thomas Spande

    $50

  • March for Elephants t-shirt sales donations

    $97

  • Bryan Monell

    $20

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Donor Comments

Jeanne Steele

Jeanne Steele

1 month ago

Bryan Monell

Bryan Monell

DONATION: $20

6 months ago

March for Elephants t-shirt sales donations

March for Elephants t-shirt sales donations

DONATION: $97

6 months ago

Thomas Spande

Thomas Spande

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Stern Family

Stern Family

In honor of Jennie Pour Ray's dedication 1 year ago

Dyonisius Dony Ariananda

Dyonisius Dony Ariananda

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Elephants DC

Elephants DC

DONATION: $575

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Abbi B.

Abbi B.

DONATION: $25

In memory of my dad <3 1 year ago

Jen Samuel

Jen Samuel

DONATION: $120

In Memory of the Forest Elephants and in honor of those who remain 1 year ago

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