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THE TIMES: Ivory seizures help to curb poaching

By Aislinn Laing in Nairobi – Seizures of elephant ivory are at their highest for 27 years and incidents of poaching have stabilised, according to the world conservation body.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said that last year about 40 tonnes of ivory were seized from poachers and from people trying to import it into countries such as China. It was the best return since 1989.

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THE ECOLOGIST: The Space for Giants approach to elephant conservation in Africa

The Ecologist Right of Reply September 2017

Space for Giants works with philanthropists, lobbies African governments, educates prosecutors and collars elephants as part of its conservation work. But the approach to conservation in Africa itself has been a matter of passionate debate. Here DR MAX GRAHAM, CEO of Space for Giants explains how the team works

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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.

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Evening Standard: Saracens stars tackle Mount Kenya climb

Game reserve: Saracens lock Jim Hamilton playing sevens with a local Kenyan team. Photo: Evening Standard

Five Saracens players have taken their Premiership trophy on a climb of Mount Kenya to raise thousands of pounds for an elephant conservation charity backed by the Evening Standard.

Mike Ellery, 26, Rhys Gill, 29, Jim Hamilton, 33, Nils Mordt, 32, and Ben Ransom, 24, set off on the 50km hike on Tuesday, playing matches en route.On Saturday they are due to reach the 5,199m summit of Africa’s second-highest mountain.

The teammates are carrying the Aviva Rugby Premiership cup, won in Saracens’ final against Exeter Chiefs last month.

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Capital FM: “Climb for Giants”

#Conservation: Namibian rugby legend Jacques Burger to climb Mt Kenya for elephants

Rugby players led by Namibian captain and rugby legend, Jacques Burger, are heading to Kenya for a charity challenge aiming for the summit of Mt Kenya.

The rugby players, including Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Jim Hamilton, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, will aim to hike 50km over four days. The will ascend 2,285,m to 4,985m, coping with the high altitude and carrying all their equipment, before finally at the summit they will play the first game of rugby at the peak to raise money for the protection of elephants.

Financial Times: “How do you save an elephant in Kenya?”

The Loisaba Tented Camp, part of the Elewana portfolio, contributes to the conservation and development work of the Loisaba Conservancy. Photo: Elewana Collection

At Loisaba, a 56,000-acre conservancy in central Kenya, they are betting the best ways to save elephants is to fatten cattle.

Set up in the heart of the expansive Laikipia plateau 18 months ago by conservationists and a local rancher, its managers are taking a novel — and longer-term — approach to protecting the world’s largest land mammal in which tackling poaching is only a part of the solution.
“Just say we stop poaching,” says Max Graham, one of Loisaba’s founders and the chief executive of Space for Giants, an elephant protection organisation. “Then you’ve got all these elephants. How are you going to deal with them?”

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