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Season’s greetings from all of us at Space for Giants

Space for Giants Founder and CEO Dr Max Graham looks back on 2016.

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Thank you all for your incredible support during what has been another incredible year for Space for Giants.

Against the tragic background of elephant decline recorded in the Great Elephant Census, we were pleased to see that the survey shows that the North Kenya elephant population, where we and our partners have invested so much effort over the last five years, is stable.

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

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, which is the second-highest mountain in Africa, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds 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 11th 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.

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

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and, is one of the most beautiful mountains in Africa. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres), Nelion (5,188 metres) which are technical ascents, and Point Lenana (4,985 metres).

It is riddled with pioneering history – ‘No picnic on mount Kenya’, the scene of the famous Italian prisoners of war who escaped to climb the Teleki Valley to attempt to summit Point Batian in hot pursuit from their captures, is one example.

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 Kirinjuga, 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

BBC: Giants Club elephant summit: Kenya calls for end to ivory trade

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has urged an end to Africa’s illegal ivory trade, saying it means death for elephants and death for tourism.

He is hosting a summit of African leaders, business people and scientists in Nanyuki, central Kenya, to discuss how to save elephants from extinction.

Experts warn Africa’s elephants could be extinct within decades.

After the Giants Club summit ends on Saturday, Mr Kenyatta will help set fire to more than 100 tonnes of ivory.

To read the full article on the BBC