We protect Africa's elephants and their landscapes
Elephants are the real assets in their landscapes. They expand ecological diversity, and they drive local and national economies. Without elephants, their habitats will eventually fail to function. So first, we work to protect elephants, because along the way we then also protect every other species that shares their range.
At the same time, we work to show the value that elephants and their landscapes can bring to local communities, regional authorities, and national governments. Setting aside wild places for their intrinsic value is a noble ambition but it has little place in the reality on the ground. The ecological AND economic value landscapes and wildlife can generate must be tangible for them to be relevant, and therefore to be protected.
Our Integrated Approach
We know that wildlife and wild landscapes can bring value to people and places well into the future. To do so, their resources need to be protected from the urgent threats they face today, like poaching, or poorly-planned development. This needs work where you'd expect: on the frontline, where the elephants are. But it also needs a lot of effort elsewhere, too. Here's how we combine four key activities to protect elephants and their habitats (click each to learn more):
For elephants and their landscapes to be secure forever, they both need to demonstrate tangible value to people and to governments, value that's derived from their protection rather than exploitation. The more we can show how these are precious resources that bring renewable benefits, the more support we'll win to help us succeed. Here's how we do that:
Where Space for Giants began, in Kenya, we have used every tool in the kit. Supporting partners including the Kenya Wildlife Service we helped to CUT POACHING BY 84% where we work in Laikipia. Wildlife crime PROSECUTION RATES ROSE TO OVER 90%, from 24%, thanks in part to our work, Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions says. Research papers we produced informed policy, fences significantly cut crop-raiding, and critical elephant habitat was secured.
Our mission now is to export this integrated approach, using every intervention in the kit in every landscape where we operate.