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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.

Elephants Facing Extinction

As you can imagine, this was devastating news for our team. And the elephants weren’t the only ones affected- local communities relied on these animals as an indicator of a healthy ecosystem. If the elephants disappear, it means that the land communities depends on for food and security is no longer habitable for the people. They, wit the help of the Mali Elephant Project, are actively finding ways to protect the elephants and their own well-being. But there is only so much they can do on their own in the remote desert of Mali.

WILD is working tirelessly to raise public awareness about the situation in Mali – and we’ve had some outstanding responses from the media, with articles appearing in The Dodo, Reuters, the Guardian, Oxford Today, VICE News, One Green Planet, and more – but we need your help to get the word out and reach the widest audience possible. Here are some things you can do to help this vulnerable herd:

First, learn about the Mali Elephant Project and get to know our program director, Dr. Susan Canney


Join Dr. Canney as she hosts a two-hour Reddit AMA on March 16th from 1:30-3:30pm MST!

Join Dr. Canney as she hosts a two-hour Reddit AMA on March 16th from 1:30-3:30pm MST!

Susan will be hosting a two-hour Ask Me Anything session on Reddit this Wednesday, March 16th from 1:30-3:30pm MST. She is a zoologist and conservationist who forges lasting benefits for biodiversity by working with local populations to affirm transformative values and create empowering institutions. For the past 10+ years Susan has been tasked with protecting Mali’s rare desert elephants as they migrate through a vast and remote area roughly the size of Switzerland. Join us on Wednesday and bring your best questions (and friends!)- we hope to see you there!

Then, help our team protect the elephants by supporting our #StopElephantPoaching crowdfunding campaign has invited WILD to host a month-long campaign (at no cost!) on their crowdfunding platform. In order to protect the elephants from the lethal threats of poaching and ivory trafficking, we need to raise $110,000 to pay for the anti-poaching brigades that can put an end to the ruthless killing. That’s approximately $1 a day per elephant in the herd. You heard us right: for just $1 a day, YOU can save an elephant from poachers and hinder arms traffickers in West Africa! Will you help us guarantee the survival of this iconic herd by taking action on their behalf?

Finally, sponsor an elephant or anti-poaching brigade and receive updates on their status


MEP Sponsorship Program

Thanks to the inspiration coming from a devoted supporter of our project, WILD is in the process of creating our Mali Elephant Project sponsorship program! Katy Baker, a project supporter located in England, found out about the WILD Foundation and Mali Elephant Project on Facebook. She made a generous donation and reached out to us asking if she was able to sponsor an elephant and receive updates on it. Katy says, “I am so passionate about elephants because I think they are such inspiring, clever animals- they look after each other as a group. I think it is awful and appalling that people think it is fun to kill a innocent animal. It’s amazing what the WILD Foundation does to look after these elephants and other animals around the world.”

Well Katy, your wish has come true! We’re thrilled to give you a sneak peak of WILD’s brand new elephant sponsorship program on our crowdfunding campaign. Supporters can choose to sponsor an elephant or an anti-poaching brigade and receive updates on each from our program team. Take a look and let us know what you think!


It turns out that being a champion for elephants isn’t that expensive! It also means being part of something BIG: a solution that saves lives and keeps this unique herd of elephants safe for the future. 

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