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2012 Save The Elephants Anual Report

2012 Save The Elephants Anual Report

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SECURING A FUTURE FOR ELEPHANTS
 
Annual Report 2012
 
SECURING A FUTURE FOR ELEPHANTS
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T
he warnings we gave 12 months ago on the risingtide o ivory poaching have now been confrmedby many other parties, rom the ongoing body count o MIKE, the ivory seizures recorded by TRAFFIC andinvestigations o illegal ivory in the Far East markets. Savethe Elephants has catalysed a coalition o like-mindedindividuals, NGOs and Governments to respond beore itis too late. We have testifed beore the U.S. Senate, maderiends in China, spread the word throughout the media,contributed to crucial CITES technical meetings and, in common cause with allies like theKenya Wildlie Service, orcibly brought this crisis to the oreront o people’s consciousness.At the root o the killing is a lack o awareness on the part o ivory buyers o the killing theycause. It was a breakthrough when Yao Ming, the amous Chinese basketball player, came toArica or the frst time. We hosted him thanks to WildAid in the reserves o northern Kenya,to witness living, playing, interacting elephants in Samburu, but also to come ace to ace, inthe wild country around, with elephants reshly killed or their ivory. His words o shock anddismay struck a chord that was relayed around the world.On the ground there have been rays o sunlight. A baby boom brought 50 newborns toour individually known elephants, compared to only two last year. The new communityconservancy project we sponsor at Nasuulu, part o the Northern Rangeland Trust, has alreadychanged local attitudes who now see elephants more as part o their livelihood and security.Elephant poaching here has dropped dramatically, but sadly is rampant across the rest o Arica.Our Mara Elephant Project is tracking elephants in part o the great Serengeti ecosystem andprotecting them rom poachersIronically, human elephant conict has not gone away. Persecuted elephants like humanbeings seek reuge in sae havens and cause resh problems to habitats and the local cultivators.Our innovative bee project, run by Dr Lucy King, is making good headway with more trials o her beehive ence at home and urther afeld in Arica.In times o struggle like this we look to our donors as never beore and thank them or theirunstinting support in these difcult times, and as always thank WCN or being our anchor inthe United States.
Dr Iain Douglas Hamilton
Founder and CEO
A Letter rom Our Founder Our Mission
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ter witnessing how illegal ivory was obtained, I really was speechless. Ater seeing theseanimals up close and watching them interact in loving and protective amily groups, itwas heart wrenching and deeply depressing to see them cruelly taken beore their time. Peoplehave spent their lives studying and living intimately with these animals and now, just like in1989 beore the international ivory trade was banned, they must spend their lives looking orbodies. Unortunately, I saw fve poached elephants in close proximity to each other while inKenya – an indication o the seriousness o the poaching crisis. It was a harrowing experienceI never want to repeat, but something that everyone thinking o buying ivory should see — thewasteulness o these animals cruelly slaughtered just so a small part o them could be used.Would anyone buy ivory i they had witnessed this?”
To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’sdelight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
Yao Ming’s Words - yaomingblog.com
Front cover photo by Daryl Balfour/wildphotossafaris.com.
In this photo, Cherry of the Hard Woods,leads her family in Samburu Naonal Reserve. The matriach, Ebony, was killed last year by poachers.
Photo by Krisan Schmidt for WildAid 
. On August 14th, 2012, Yao Ming looks over the carcass of an unnamed mature female elephant killed by poachers.
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www.savetheelephants.org
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SECURING A FUTURE FOR ELEPHANTS
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Dear Friends:
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his year, again, was a terrible year or the elephants.It was bad not only in Samburu but Arica-wide.Many areas important or elephants were hit much moreseriously by poaching than the two little reserves at theheart o STE’s core operations.However, the onslaught seems to have woken up thepublic worldwide, and many national governments, into redoubling their eorts to do somethingabout it, both on the ground and in the press. This is excellent news. And it gives us hope thatthe Arican elephant is not doomed to the extinction it might well ace i its protection is notensured and enorced.Protection o the elephants means, not only guarding herds against gangs o poachers, butensuring that protected habitats are well guarded so that elephants will be able to fnd whatthey need or survival. It also means that the armers surrounding elephant reserves need to besympathetic and that they appreciate that emerging conicts should ideally be resolved to thebeneft o both species, human and pachyderm.STE addresses the issue o human elephant conict with its bee project, which is going romstrength to strength under Dr Lucy King’s enthusiastic and capable leadership. The issue o anti-poaching measures is complicated, and requires raising awareness o the elephant’s plight,actively supporting ‘boots on the ground’ anti-poaching projects, and ultimately lowering thedemand that uels the killing.Save the Elephants and its team rely heavily on the feld data they collect, as well as thescientifc analysis and interpretation done by a large group o researchers working in-house andas collaborators. This team is rapidly growing. We need to ocus on details directly relevantto elephant conservation while at the same time probing fner inormation on elephant ecology,behaviour and consciousness. Managing this balance between applied and pure science willtest the powerul scientifc advisory team recently assembled by Dr George Wittemeyer. But,and that is the core belie o all at STE, good scientifc data and their interpretation will, in thelong run, be key to elephant conservation through appreciation and appropriate management.
Professor Fritz Vollrath
Chairman
A Letter rom Our Chairman
 
Photo courtesy of Daryl Balfour/wildphotossafaris.com

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