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PRESS RELEASE: Bringing poachers to justice

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.

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PRESS RELEASE: Gabon launches elephant fences

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo launches Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Strategy in his role as a founder of the Giants Club

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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.

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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.

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Congratulations to the Saracens players for reaching the summit of Mt Kenya!

We would very much like to thank Saracens and the players for so kindly supporting Space for Giants.

Saracens players on their way to the summit carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy, which was won by the club this season. The players are climbing Mt Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and fund-raise for Space for Giants.
Saracens players Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom reached the summit, at 4,985 metres, on the 11 June carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy. An amazing achievement!
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Jim Hamilton and other Saracens players on the arduous climb to the summit.

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

Stunning canvas ‘A space for giants’ donated for our work

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.

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Independent: “Running for Rangers: Combating the African poaching crisis one step at a time”

The last group photo of the team before they entered the jungle. From left to right, Keith Roberts, Ryan Pape, Sam Taylor, Hollie Woodhouse, Jacqueline Manson, Harry Dyer, Matt Hill, Holly Windsor, Pete Newland and Jamie Gaymer Photo: Shaun Leavy

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.

To read the article in Independent.co.uk please click here