Projects We Support

Net Impact


Government Policy and Opinion Leaders

A campaign led by IFAW to support business and media influencers in pressuring governments to enact a ban on ivory sales. This includes a U.S. campaign with 450,000 signatures on a petition asking Obama to ban the domestic ivory trade.

Identifying Wildlife Crime Routes

Using cutting-edge DNA testing and other forensic analysis, this investigation by WildLife Direct tracks the movement of elephant tusks through Kenya, establishing entry points, routes and exit points of ivory, as well as the modus operandi of dealers and cartels.

Establishing a Hong Kong Ivory Ban

Hong Kong has long been a primary portal for China’s ivory trade. A ban on domestic ivory trade there would set a powerful precedent. Supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, WildAid is working to create a groundswell of support working with senior legislators in the country.

Changing Public Opinion in China

TV spots by stars like Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and Li Bingbing have gained widespread publicity and are helping to shift policy in China, contributing to a landmark announcement by the government that it will phase out the country's ivory industry.

Increasing Penalties for Wildlife Crime, Kenya

Previously just 4% of suspects in wildlife cases went to jail and maximum fines for ivory possession were only $350. A new watchdog system, supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, in Kenya’s courtrooms has now led to multiple life sentences and fines up to $225,000.

Implementing Maasai Mara Quick Response

One of Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas was beset by ivory poaching when the Mara Elephant Project was founded. To prevent the spread of poaching, Elephant Crisis Fund co-funded a new Quick Response Team to hold the line in this important protected area.

Securing Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi

Through Elephant Crisis Fund, we support 20 anti-poaching scouts to secure the elephants in this rugged forest reserve. Thuma is one of the few regions in Malawi where elephants still roam free.

Supporting Air Patrols in Tsavo

Through the Elephant Crisis Fund we've funded aerial patrols and integrated ground operations over the vast Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya, home to numerous elephant herds. In just 18 months the project was able to find and destroy 81 poacher hideouts.

Tracking Elephants for Security in Kenya

Sophisticated tracking programs are sending real-time elephant locations to regional command and control centers. Our program with Elephant Crisis Fund aids ranger deployment in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Northern Rangelands and will soon extend to other regions.

Defending the Babile Elephant Population

This project protects the 200 remaining elephants in the Babile Elephant Sanctuary, which was once thought to be beyond rescue. The Elephant Crisis Fund rapidly mobilized to revitalize ranger forces in this critical region in Ethiopia.

Increasing Impacts of Patrols in Niassa

Patrols, aerial surveillance and intelligence gathering deter poaching and are key to saving one of Africa's most important elephant populations. Through Elephant Crisis Fund we support an advanced data collection platform to respond to threats in Mozambique.

Boosting Security in the Tutu Basin

Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we are bolstering long-term investments for wildlife protection in this sensitive region of the DRC, supporting anti-poaching and intelligence gathering efforts to fight the spread of poachers in this key stronghold for forest elephants.

Protecting Boumba Bek National Park

The Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transborder forest (TRIDOM) is home to the largest elephant population in the Congo Basin. When a funding shift by USAID resulted in a serious funding gap, the Elephant Crisis Fund stepped in to ensure protection for the region.

Protecting Dzangha Sangha National Park

Wildlife Conservation Network was instrumental in recapturing the World Heritage site of Dzangha Bai in the Central African Republic, following an invasion by rebels who began killing elephants. This region is home to the world’s best-known forest elephant population.

Protecting Snow Leopards in Central Asia

Expansion of a project led by The Christensen Fund in Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia and Russia) dedicated to working with a wide array of local community organizations to protect snow leopards from extinction.

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