The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was founded by wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE, in 1984. The DSWF funds key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered mammals in the wild and supports anti-poaching and conservation projects making a real difference to the survival of critically endangered mammals. www.davidshepherd.org
Replicating the very successful and innovative model developed by LAGA (Last Great Ape Organization) in 2003 in Cameroon, the first wildlife law enforcement NGO in Africa, Conservation Justice was created in Gabon by Luc Mathot.
The greatest difficulty encountered by organizations for the protection of nature in developing countries is the lack of enforcement by wildlife authorities, mainly because of poverty and corruption in prisons. The objective was to establish the LAGA Model in the sub-region by the creation of independent bodies headed by motivated and competent people. The effective application of the law may reduce the immediate threat and enhance the possibility of a long-term survival of these species. Through a survey program, operation, monitoring, legal and media, some NGOs and projects have already implemented a practical methodology to develop effective enforcement of law and combat illegal hunting and trade. EAL supports some of the anti-trafficking activities of CJ in Gabon. http://www.conservation-justice.org/wordpress
PAMS Foundation, founded by Krissie Clark, Wayne Lotter and Ally Namangaya , is a not-for-profit conservation organisation headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania. Its Mission is to help sustain and conserve biodiversity, wilderness, habitats and ecological processes through actions that benefit nature and communities.
PAMS also runs a permanent field office in southern Tanzania close to Selous Game Reserve, and it’s establishing a field office at Ruaha National Park. The largest project, the Ruvuma Elephant Project, has 3 permanent field staff and supports approximately 200 scouts to undertake anti-poaching patrols and associated operations. EAL supports PAMS’s anti-poaching activities in Ruaha National Park. www.pamsfoundation.org
The Thin Green Line was established by Sean Willmore, out of the need of the International Rangers Federation (http://internationalrangers.org), to support its park rangers in the field. The Thin Green Line Foundation Protects Nature’s Protectors on the frontline of conservation across the globe. With over 1000 rangers killed in action in the last 10 years it has never been more important to support this essential conservation work.
Sean Willmore is an award-winning conservationist, documentary filmmaker, park Rranger and current President of the International Ranger Federation. Proud Ambassadors and supporters include Dr. Jane Goodall, Tim Flannery, Gotye, Tex Perkins, and the late Bryce Courtenay. www.thingreenline.org.au
Dr. Lucy King is an associated to Save the Elephants and a Research Associate of Oxford University. She leads the Elephants and Bees Research Project that uses in-depth knowledge and observation of elephant behaviour to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using African honeybees. EAL supports Dr King’s work on Human-Elephant Conflict in Mozambique and Sri Lanka. www.elephantsandbees.com/research_project/Welcome.html
Elephant Family was founded by Mark Shand and other four conservationists in 2002. It is the UK’s biggest funder of the endangered Asian elephant, and it works on the ground with local people, businesses and NGOs, fighting to save this iconic animal before it’s too late.
It currently funds 12 projects across Asia and invests to protect habitat, prevent conflict and reconnect the forest homes of the endangered Asian elephant. Since the launch Elephant Family has invested over £6 million in conservation projects across Asia. For more information please visit: www.elephantfamily.org
Replicating the very successful and innovative model developed by LAGA (Last Great Ape Organization) in 2003 in Cameroon, the first wildlife law enforcement NGO in Africa, PALF is directed by Naftali Honig and operates in Congo. It works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry, Hunting and Fishery to lay the foundation for its implementation and in view of replicating the Cameroonian model
PALF equally has as objective the fight against corruption in the wildlife sector and beyond because this constitutes the main handicap for the effective application of wildlife law in the Republic of Congo. http://palf-enforcement.org/congo-brazzaville
Game Rangers International was founded in 2008 in Zambia with the specific aim of assisting the communities living around the Kafue National Park to better manage the natural resources of the area through support to wildlife management and protection and community outreach and education. With a focus on the flagship African Elephant species, GRI currently implements five projects that together take a holistic approach to the problems of conservation and development, rooted in the belief that the key to sustainable, long term utilisation of Zambia’s natural wealth is best achieved by ensuring the full participation of its citizens in managing these vital, internationally important ecosystems.
The projects include operational support to wildlife personnel on the front line, th Elephant Orphanage Project, promoting and supporting the sustainable utilisation of natural resources within communities living contiguous to protected areas and Working to better understand and mitigate Human Elephant Conflict.
Ivory For Elephants was created and developed by Media, Advertising and Marketing professionals passionate about saving the Elephant. Together, with our supporting partners, our strategy is to bring lasting change by utilizing our position as communicators of news and information through our many media channels. We’ll educate those still demanding ivory about their effect on the elephant population and planet. We will achieve this by communicating the elephants’ plight, through our respected network of partners, to an influential and worldwide audience through print, online and other media channels, raising awareness to the critical level needed to bring lasting change.
Our target audience for this mission is wide and multicultural; it will include projects targeting business people, government officials and private individuals (consumers) in the West, and key ivory demand centers in the East including China. www.ivoryforelephants.org
ElephantVoices was founded by Joyce Poole and Petter Granli. Its mission is to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants & secure a kinder future for them through conservation, research & sharing of knowledge. Joyce Poole has studied elephants and advocated for their protection for over three decades. Her pioneering research on African elephants includes the discoveries of musth, long-distance communication and vocal imitation. www.elephantvoices.org
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), directed by Cynthia Moss, is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and a charitable organization in the USA (501(c)(3). ATE’s operational focus is in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy-setting worldwide. ATE aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach and public awareness.
The field operation of the ATE is the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP), the longest, continuous study of wild elephants in the world, started in 1972 by Moss and Harvey Croze. AERP works to understand the lives and ensure the future of nearly 1,400 elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem. For more information please visit: http://www.elephanttrust.org and the Amboseli Trust for Elephant Facebook page.
The Mali Elephant Project is an initiative of The WILD Foundation & the International Conservation Fund of Canada. Mali is home to the northernmost herd of African elephants and not much was known about them until the Wild Foundation, together with Save the Elephants and other partners, began studying the elephant range and revealed a unique pattern of migration among this population of African elephants.
The study also revealed the imminent threats to this unique herd, and The WILD Foundation has initiated a large-scale action and outreach program to work with local communities, government officials, tourism companies and others to help the Mali elephants live peacefully with the local people. This in turn, helps the people of the elephant range, as both elephants and people are threatened by the same thing: ecosystem degradation.
The long and escalating conflict in Mali, now with the intervention of a multinational force, poses a real threat to the Mali elephants, so the project has adapted accordingly to proactively anticipate potential danger by engaging the local population in anti-poaching activities working in conjunction with government. For more information please visit: http://www.wild.org/
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forests and wildlife wealth. Today, the organization has evolved to actively work towards protecting the Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities.
In India, captive elephants often endure lives filled with hardship, illness and chronic pain. Many of the captive elephants live in slums and crowded cities where they are hit by vehicles and forced to beg for money. Wildlife SOS is committed to helping as many of these elephants as possible and rescueing the neediest ones from the streets. http://wildlifesos.org
Conservation Lower Zambezi has been working with Zambia Wildlife Authorities since 1995 to improve wildlife conservation in the Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding areas. Close to the capital city of Zambia and one of the main transport links out of the country, the area is at constant threat from poaching. As well as support to anti-poaching teams, CLZ also runs an environmental education centre and outreach program in the local communities and assists with human wildlife conflict through support and information sharing workshops. CLZ is based in the field just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park. For more information please see www.conservationlowerzambezi.
Michelle Henley is an associate to Save the Elephants and for close to 10 years she has been running the project entitled Population Dynamics and Elephant Movements in the Association of Private Nature Reserves (APNR) and Kruger National Park, South Africa, a collaborative project investigating elephant movements and dynamics using GPS collars.
An individual ID file of elephants utilising the APNR has being established, and Michelle is examining habitat use and elephant-impact on specific tree species, a particular concern for APNR stakeholders. The project is also assessing the attitudes of stakeholders in the APNR towards culling, sport hunting and green hunting of elephants as well as gathering interest and support for the project. http://www.savetheelephants.org/south-africa-our_story.html
Elephant Haven Foundation is working to establish the first elephant sanctuary in Europe for elephants in need. It will be a safe haven for both Asian and African elephants where they find space, peace, respect and appropriate (medical) care. Elephant Haven will be built in a quiet, hilly area in France. In the shielded area, the elephants can walk around peacefully and freely. The elephants at Elephant Haven will be free to make their own choices. Some elephants taking in by Elephant Haven have a difficult past. Elephant Haven provides these elephants peace and respect. http://www.elephanthaven.com
The ‘Torbiera’ Zoological Society, member of IUCN and official partner of the Kenya Wildlife Service, was established in 1977 and throughout the years it contributed to several wildlife conservation projects, creating and supporting anti-poaching teams in Russia’s Siberian national parks, consulting and assisting in creating one of the first protected areas in Gabon and publishing scientific studies on endangered species. www.iucn.it/membri/societazoologica.htm