About Us

The illegal killing of elephants and the trade in their ivory is out of control across Africa, undermining ecosystem integrity, economic development and the rule of law. Already, more than 100,000 elephants were killed in just three recent years to supply ivory to illegal markets in Asia. At current rates, African elephants could disappear from the wild in our lifetime.

The Giants Club

The Giants Club was founded by the Presidents of Botswana, Kenya, Gabon and Uganda, with support from Space for Giants and its patron, Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of The Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers. Its objective is to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together leaders of African elephant-range states, enlightened heads of major businesses operating in Africa, and leading elephant-protection experts, to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity that are so urgently required to save Africa’s remaining elephant populations. Working in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) and the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), our goal is to effectively protect at least 50% of the continental total – by 2020.

The Giants Club’s Presidents

President Ali Bongo Ondimba

President Ali Bongo Ondimba

Country: Gabon
Date Joined: 7 January 2015
Number of Elephants: 50,000 (forest elephants)
Size of Elephant Range: 220,717 km2
Main Threats:

  • High threat of poaching
  • Human-elephant conflict

Giants Club Declaration Form

You can read more about Gabon on
The Independent website.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Country: Kenya
Date Joined: 22 July 2015
Number of Elephants: 25,959
Size of Elephant Range: 110,927 km2
Main Threats:

  • Medium threat of poaching
  • Ivory trafficking is severe
  • Human-elephant conflict
  • Habitat loss


You can read more about Kenya on
The Independent website.

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

Country: Uganda
Date Joined: 18 July 2015
Number of Elephants: 7,849
Size of Elephant Range: 15,160 km2
Main Threats:

  • Ivory trafficking is severe
  • Human-elephant conflict
  • Habitat loss


You can read more about Uganda on
The Independent website.

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama

Country: Botswana
Date Joined: 11 November 2015
Number of Elephants: 130,451
Size of Elephant Range: 100,254 km2
Main Threats:

  • High threat of trafficking
  • Human-elephant conflict

You can read more about Botswana on
The Independent website.

Corporates Operating in Africa

Africa’s rich natural resource base has provided the foundation for much of its income. Global demand for commodities, driven largely by economic growth in Asia, has accelerated the scale of natural resource extraction here. Of the 867 mineral extraction facilities that currently exist on the African continent, over 70% occur in elephant range states. These businesses and associated companies have local expertise, strong government relationships and significant resources. They therefore have the potential to significantly enhance conservation efforts on the ground for reversing the elephant poaching crisis and illegal wildlife trade.

Giants Club corporate members are recruited on an invitation-only basis and are selected on the basis of their potential to have a significant conservation impact.

Space for Giants

Space for Giants is an international charity at the forefront of efforts to combat the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. With funds raised through The Independent and Evening Standard newspaper group’s Elephant Appeal in December 2013, Space for Giants was able to invest in building capacity among wildlife security personnel and within the judiciary in north Kenya. This successfully reduced the illegal killing of elephants by 74% in a single year, stabilising one of East Africa’s largest free ranging populations. In addition, in 2014 Space for Giants, with its partner The Nature Conservancy, helped to create a 56,000 acre wildlife conservancy providing a platform for conservation work and livelihood development across the 10,000 square kilometres of the Laikipia ecosystem in Kenya. This was the largest single conservation transaction in East Africa of that year.

There is an urgent need to scale up this conservation model so that other critically threatened elephant populations in other range states can be protected. It is for this reason that Space for Giants founded The Giants Club.

Become a Member of the Giants Club

Gabon: Max Graham, CEO, Space for Giants; President Ali Bongo Ondimba; Evgeny Lebedev, Patron, Space for Giants

President Kenyatta joins the Giants Club, State House, Nairobi, 22 July 2015.

What makes this initiative so unique is the partnership between governments and leading companies, and the opportunity the Giants Club provides for relationships between African Heads of State and global business leaders to deepen as they work together in aiding elephant conservation.

African Heads of State join the Giants Club through a dedicated declaration, pledging to provide the political will to deliver interventions necessary to reverse the illegal killing of elephants.

Natural resource corporations in Africa and associated businesses join the Giants Club through a membership pledge, which includes an annual financial commitment.


  • Heads of State
  • Business Leaders
  • Conservation Experts
  • The Annual Giant Club Gathering
  • Speaker Events
  • Dinners & Parties
  • Anti-Poaching Capacity
  • Ivory Stockpile Audit
  • Conservation Planning
  • Habitat Protection
  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Management
Travel & Wellbeing
  • Conservation Challenges
  • Bespoke Conservation Safaris
  • Fundraising Activities
Public Relations
  • News Articles
  • Independent’s Digital Platform
  • Giants Club Website

For more information on membership, associated benefits and how to join, please contact