Keeping the Elephants Alive

Three things have been keeping the elephants alive: the local people, Malian military patrols and the elephants themselves. Last year the sudden dramatic escalation of poaching in the first half of 2015 was the result of a new development whereby international...

How can YOU stop elephant poaching?

In case you missed our most recent Mali Elephant Project update from Dr. Susan Canney, we learned that the entire herd will vanish in just 3 years if poaching continues at the current rate. When I say vanish, I mean locally extinct: gone forever. As you can imagine,...

Will Mali’s desert elephants become a thing of the past?

In the first two weeks of January 2016, 16 elephants died to international ivory traffickers in Mali. On the outskirts of the elephant range, 50 government rangers have completed rigorous training and are ready to protect Mali’s elephants. The government of Mali needs...

Mali Elephant Project Update: Devastating Attack in Bamako

Just hours after posting an update on our Mali Elephant Project (MEP) yesterday, we learned of the devastating attack that occurred in Bamako, the capital of Mali. First and foremost, we are very relieved to inform you that our local team in the Gourma (central Mali)...

Mali elephants again under siege

*WARNING: Graphic image at bottom of post** Save the Mali elephants! > In the past three years, the desert elephants of Mali have endured punishing drought, jihadist invasion, and sporadic poaching by bandits. But because of involvement of the local communities and...

Elephant Poaching: The Local Context

The commitment of the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) has enabled other partners to join in helping the project meet the enormous challenges of international ivory trafficking in the face of post-conflict insecurity. One recent example has been the...

WILD at the IUCN World Parks Congress

The IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) meets only once every 1o years.  In the coming days, five of WILD’s program leaders and other close associates will be contributing significantly to the WPC program and conservation outcomes in Sydney, Australia. WPC 2014 is a...
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