UK Ivory ban
December 13, 2016
BENEFITING: Wildlife Conservation Network, Inc.
THE STORY Africa’s elephants are in crisis, and the next 5 years will be crucial in turning the situation around. The high price of ivory in Asian markets continues to attract organized crime syndicates, driving corruption and poaching and the slaughter of huge numbers of elephants across large swathes of Africa. The recently published Great Elephant Census, a two year census of Africa’s elephants, shows that the situation is even worse than had been expected. It suggests that in the seven years from 2007 to 2014, the African elephant population has plummeted by 30% due to poaching. That’s 144,000 elephants killed in that period. SAVE THE ELEPHANTS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), set up by conservation charity Save the Elephants is dedicated to ending this crisis. The ECF supports projects across Africa and in ivory consuming countries which aim to stop the killing of elephants, prevent trafficking, and put an end to the buying of ivory. Funding is given with minimum bureaucracy so as to allow donations to have maximum impact, and to allow partners to act quickly and effectively. The Elephant Crisis Team – experts from Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network – provide strategic guidance, technical backing and co-ordination with a growing alliance of organizations working together to end the crisis. WHAT I’M DOING I’m a chiropodist, and I’m pledging to give 10% of what I earn to the Elephant Crisis Fund over the next year. WHAT YOU CAN DO I hope you’ll feel inspired by the work that is going on through Save the Elephants and give to support the Crisis Fund. Go to www.savetheelephants.org or have a look at facebook.com/savetheelephants.kenya to see how the ECF is helping elephants. .