Elephants and Bees

Elephants and Bees

Elephants and Bees The Elephants and Bees Project is an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephant behaviour to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees. The project explores the use of novel...
Geo-Fencing

Geo-Fencing

Geo-Fencing A text message just came in to a local farmer’s phone: Mountain Bull at Ngare Ndare Pass. Geofence break time: 0945hr, Geofence position break Estimated Latitude: 1.168867, Estimated Longitude: 37.581724. This seemingly dry text message had powerful...
Save the Elephants on Film

Save the Elephants on Film

Save the Elephants on Film Save the Elephants has come a long way on the silver screen. In the early 70s The Family that lives with Elephants told the story of Iain, Oria and their family growing up in Tanzania amongst the elephants. Since then, STE have been...
Creating Elephant Ambassadors (Mobile Education)

Creating Elephant Ambassadors (Mobile Education)

Creating Elephant Ambassadors (Mobile Education) The tutorial titled ‘Living in Harmony with Elephants’ makes use of photos, video clips, visual aids, posters and both indoor and outdoor physical exercises, pulling children out of the rigmarole of normal lessons into...
Internships for Elephant Scholars

Internships for Elephant Scholars

Internships for Elephant Scholars This program has been a win-win venture. For the teaching leg, the students gain vital skills in all the sectors they work in. In turn, the children get new energetic teachers, while the teachers and staff benefit from much needed...
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) STE have helped bring together a coalition, which could change the future for elephants. A new dawn for elephants broke on 26th September, when Hillary and Chelsea Clinton brokered an $80m partnership to bring an end to the ivory...
CITES and Elephants

CITES and Elephants

CITES and Elephants Every three years the world’s governments, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations come together for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It is the single most powerful forum for deciding the future of...
STE and Google Earth

STE and Google Earth

STE and Google Earth For a long time, conservation and technology evolved independently. Today, conservation has inextricable links with information technology, and innovative solutions to conservation problems now abound. STE’s ground-breaking collaboration with...
The Desert Elephants of Mali

The Desert Elephants of Mali

The Desert Elephants of Mali Satellite tracking of elephants living near Timbuktu has revealed the secret of their survival in the savage conditions of Mali’s desert. Through the tracking data from collared elephants, STE have found that the elephants of Africa’s...
Orphans of Samburu

Orphans of Samburu

Orphans of Samburu The surge in poaching over the last several years and the drought of 2009 have left many elephant orphans and disrupted families in Samburu. Some orphans choose to remain with what is left of their disrupted groups, others leave their natal group to...
Tracking – Real Time Monitoring

Tracking – Real Time Monitoring

Tracking – Real Time Monitoring STE uses GPS-tracking equipment to understand elephant lives, decisions and needs. STE founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton was the first to track elephants using radio collars and STE remains at the forefront of tracking technology. The...
Surveys

Surveys

Surveys Counts are crucial to establish elephant population trends in any region. Alongside generating data on poaching intensity through carcass data, they give an overall picture of what is happening to the population over time. Elephants are surprisingly difficult...
Elephant Communication

Elephant Communication

Elephant Communication: The Power of Rumbles Over millions of years of evolution, African savannah elephants have developed complex communication capabilities, producing vocalizations with low fundamental frequencies that can travel over long distances. Recent studies...
Elephant Accelerometers

Elephant Accelerometers

Elephant Accelerometers The smartphone revolution is bringing benefits for elephants. The proliferation of small, economical sensors for use in cellphones has allowed us to start using these sensitive devices to better understand – and protect – elephants....
Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Taking Stock National ivory stockpile destruction unique sends an important and clear message that a nation is not tolerant of wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out the African elephant. Highly-publicized national stockpile destructions have the possible benefit...
Judging Wildlife

Judging Wildlife

Judging Wildlife On the 9th of April 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta became Kenya’s first president to take on poaching in his inaugural address. “My fellow Kenyans,” he said, “Poaching and the destruction of our environment has no future in this country. The responsibility to...
Elephant News Service

Elephant News Service

Elephant News Service This service is run by researcher Melissa Groo, based in the United States. Between the two news services our email list has grown to over 1500 members worldwide including scientists, students, conservationists, policy makers, park mangers and...
Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers

Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers

Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers Guns and boots on the ground are undoubtedly important in the battle against poaching, but wild elephants use areas too large for rangers to effectively patrol. It is crucial therefore, for locals to be defenders of wildlife, and reap...
Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) The most reliable continental measure of poaching pressure is the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme, established by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)....
The Mara Elephant Project

The Mara Elephant Project

The Mara Elephant Project Even in one of the world’s best-known national parks, elephants are in peril. The Mara Elephant Project (MEP) is a two-pronged project, which aims to better understand and protect the elephants of the Mara- Serengeti ecosystem. The research...
Elephant Scholarships

Elephant Scholarships

Elephant Scholarships We work closely with local primary schools in the area to select highly motivated intelligent students who come from pastoralist backgrounds and whose families are unable to afford the school fees. Sponsoring these young people provides them with...
The Human Footprint Project

The Human Footprint Project

The Human Footprint Project Kenya’s north is changing fast. Development is already encroaching on the reserves where STE’s research centre is based. Many new lodges have sprung up within the reserves, while a newly-built highway is attracting ribbons of development on...
Long Term Monitoring

Long Term Monitoring

Long Term Monitoring Over the last 15 years, the Samburu elephant population has become one of the best studied in the world. The 1000 or so elephants that use the reserves are recognized individually by the shape of their ears and tusks. Births, deaths and...
Wildlife Corridors

Wildlife Corridors

Wildlife Corridors Since 2006, Save the Elephants has been able to deploy a GSM collar on a well-known bull called Mountain Bull. Before he was poached in 2014, he had been monitored for 8 years and we had watched him “streak” over 40 times, crossing between Borana...
Living with Elephants

Living with Elephants

Living with Elephants Finding ways of preventing this is key to developing a more tolerant relationship between elephants and man. As a pioneer in tracking and GPS technology, STE began by trying to deal with known notorious elephants, changing their habits one at a...
Landuse Planning

Landuse Planning

Landuse Planning Somewhere beyond the sea, a train has knocked down another elephant. It seems remote, and we can wrongly presume that this will only ever be a problem of mega-populations like India, but as development waves ripple across Kenya, we must plan for...
Internships

Internships

Internships Each year, we accept a small number of interns to Save the Elephants in Kenya. These internships comprise 1-2 month professional placements with one of our research projects in Kenya, designed for university students or graduates pursuing a career in...
Communication

Communication

Communication Only by communicating to others what we have discovered about elephants will our work have a long-lasting effect. On a local level we aim to educate through our grass-roots conservation programs and community outreach program. Further a field we...
Education

Education

Education Our unique brand of conservation education encourages students to become ambassadors of their rich environment. We also give opportunities to friends around the world to help educate these malleable young minds, while improving the infrastructure of their...
Corridors of Power

Corridors of Power

Corridors of Power The importance of coalitions and of those with expertise speaking out cannot be overstated. For while most of the killing of elephants takes place deep in the wilds of Africa the causes are global. Without a globe-spanning alliance, Africa’s wild...
Elephant Movements

Elephant Movements

Elephant Movements Having studied elephants within Samburu and further up North near the Kenya Ethiopia border, David says “given the distances we had to travel to move from one population to the next, we never dreamed the two groups of families had ever interacted....
Counting Elephants

Counting Elephants

Counting Elephants The knowledge of declines and surges in population help conservationists and managers plan to avoid conflict, or put measures in place when the elephants are on the brink. Accurate application of tried and tested methodology has held Iain...
Reducing Conflict

Reducing Conflict

Reducing Conflict Elephants are herbivores and hence have no reason to attack man unless it’s in self-defence. However, as both families and bull elephants migrate through the landscape looking for food and water they will take advantage of any juicy crops they come...
Anti-Poaching

Anti-Poaching

Anti-Poaching Every year, Save the Elephants adds to the protection program as the threats to elephants evolve [and fester]. Beginning with our specialty, GMS collaring and tracking, STE continues to improve on tracking technology which not only tells us how fast...
Stop Demand

Stop Demand

Stop Demand At the heart of the trade is the appetite of consumers, many of who do not know they are killing elephants to fuel their love for jewelry. Our job then is to find innovative ways to grab their attention and spread the message. What better start to a...
Samburu Elephant Project

Samburu Elephant Project

Samburu Elephant Project The Samburu Elephant Project is the longest running study of its kind in the region. Combining individual recognition of elephants with real time monitoring of collared elephants, along with an on-going body count within the Monitoring the...
Anti-Trafficking

Anti-Trafficking

Anti-Trafficking By the end of 2012, the elephant crisis had climbed high on the agenda internationally, but Kenya still suffered from a woeful lack of political will. Penalties for poachers and traffickers were low to the point of insignificance and tales of rotten...
Elephant Crisis Fund

Elephant Crisis Fund

Elephant Crisis Fund Africa’s elephants could disappear from much of the wild within a generation.  Three years in and the impact of our Elephant Crisis Fund, run jointly with the Wildlife Conservation Network, is being felt across Africa and in nations where...
Tsavo Aerial Defence

Tsavo Aerial Defence

Tsavo Aerial Defence Tsavo Conservation Area is about the size of Belize. Combined, the Tsavo East and West National Parks along with the ranches that serve as wildlife dispersal areas cover 16,000 square miles (42,000 square kilometres). Largely roadless, Tsavo...
HEC Toolbox

HEC Toolbox

HEC Toolbox We do not want to loose sight of perhaps the most significant issue for elephants today across Africa, that of an increasing human population, climate change and an ever-increasing fragmentation of wildlife areas. This is going to be one of the hardest...