Rugby World Comes Together to Save Africa’s Elephants


Jane Cabutti, The Independent

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Around 200 diners gathered on Wednesday night for the Giants Dinner, a fundraising event in aid of Africa’s elephants organised by Space for Giants and Saracens Rugby Club.  

Hosted by Will Greenwood and attended by rugby legends Phil Vickery, Jacques Burger and Nils Mordt among others, it was the latest event in a long-standing relationship between Space for Giants and the rugby world. “Rugby for Giants” is a joint venture between Saracens and Space for Giants which mobilises the rugby community to protect elephants from poaching.

The event, generously sponsored by Prospect 33,  concluded with some serious messages about the elephant poaching crisis from Dr Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants. The event also featured an auction, with the top prize a conservation safari in Kenya generously donated by Elewana Sky Safari, Loisaba Conservancy and Cheli & Peacock Safaris.

Other Rugby for Giants initiatives this summer include a Round the Island Race with the Saracens Sport Foundation, and Jacques’ Climb for Giants, in which Namibian rugby ace Jacques Burger will lead a four day mountain climb.

Next week, the Giants Club, the elephant protection initiative established by Space for Giants, is holding its inaugural summit in Kenya, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta. It will be the largest gathering of African political leaders who, along with financiers, philanthropists, celebrities and conservationists, will address the poaching crisis and lay out unique approaches to protect elephants and the landscapes on which they depend.