STOPPING POACHING AND WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING THROUGH STRENGTHENED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ICCF GROUP, SPACE FOR GIANTS AND STOP IVORY
The ICCF Group, conservation charity Space for Giants and the Elephant Protection Initiative’s implementation charity Stop Ivory have agreed to work together with host governments to strengthen criminal justice systems in elephant-range states in order to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade.
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo launches Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Strategy in his role as a founder of the Giants Club
LIBREVILLE, GABON (9 August 2016) – The President of Gabon, one of the founding members of the Giants Club conservation initiative, today demonstrated his commitment to his people and conservationists globally by officially launching the first elephant fence in Gabon.
In this video, recorded at the Giants Club Summit 2016, Richard Leakey, Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Service, talks about how we can provide effective protection to Africa’s savannah elephants.
Parallel Blue crosses the finishing line 27th in their class in the Round the Island Race after unusually testing conditions
An eight-person crew of Parallel Blue took part in the Round the Island Race, one of the largest yacht races in the world, to raise funds for Space for Giants.
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Star rugby players reach summit of Mount Kenya with the Aviva Premiership trophy to help combat elephant poaching
Five Saracens players reached the summit of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy, which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for the elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants.
The team, which included Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, hiked 50km over 4 days, reaching the summit on the 11th June. All five Saracens players reached the Lenana summit at 4,985m, despite being challenged by the high altitude and difficult terrain.
We would very much like to thank Saracens and the players for so kindly supporting Space for Giants.
The beautiful Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa, with its highest point being Batian peak at 5,199 metres, and Nelion point at 5,188 metres, both of which are are technical ascents. Point Lenana at 4,985 metres is the usual summit which non-specialist climbers reach.
The mountain is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years. This has resulted in many eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.
Known to the local tribe as Kirinyaga meaning ‘there is an ostrich’ because of its black and white appearance, it is home to the famous giant groundsel and many other lobelias. Various species of wildlife can be found all over the mountain, eland and zebra wander high into the moorland, whilst elephant, bushbuck, leopard, and colobus monkeys are seen in the forests as well as
Born and raised in East Africa, artist Karen Laurence-Rowe has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of poaching and human encroachment on elephants’ habitats.
She regularly donates her artwork to help raise funds for conservation groups and as a result, she was the recipient of the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award in 2015.
Karen was the 2012 winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artists of the Year award, and is the founder of the group Artists Against Extinction. She has kindly donated the proceeds of the sale of her work ‘A Space for Giants’ to us.
Karen says: “I love elephants and have done since ever since I first learned to hold a pencil. I think an elephant was the first thing I ever drew as a child, and even now, they dominate my portfolio of work.
“When the organisers of the Giants Club Summit first approached me, I was merely asked to lend some impactful paintings depicting elephants to create an emotional response to those attending.
Running for Rangers is a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of wildlife rangers.