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Please make a donation to help Space for Giants prevent elephants being killed or injured through human-elephant conflict in northern Kenya.
African elephants are in trouble - unless urgent action is taken, most elephant populations will have disappeared from the wild in Africa within 10 years and the species could become extinct within our lifetimes. Not only are elephants being killed by poachers for their ivory at the rate of 100 a day, their last refuges are disappearing under new infrastructure, increased natural resource extraction and agricultural expansion. People too are being affected by the changes in land use, and now more than ever before humans and wildlife are being forced share the limited remaining space. Several thousand incidents of human-elephant conflict are recorded in northern Kenya every year – with nowhere else to go, elephants raid crops and can damage homes or even kill people in the process. In retaliation, elephants that stray into populated areas are killed or injured.
The Laikipia Fence Project will significantly reduce the incidence of human-elephant conflict in northern Kenya, by creating a wildlife corridor that means elephants could move safely between their habitats without having to cross farms and other populated areas. Space for Giants, a leading elephant conservation charity, is leading this project and urgently needs funding to upgrade the sections of the 163km fence that have fallen into disrepair. In addition, we will be working to improve relations between pastoralists, land holders and conservationists, to roll out and support the fence management protocol and to agree mutually beneficial grazing rights. Space for Giants will also be working with the judiciary to increase penalties for vandalism of fences; and with the Kenyan Wildlife Service to develop a clear strategy for how best to deal with persistent fence breaking elephants, for example by translocating them to a less populated area.