Progress Report of Our Big Rescue

Progress Report of Our Big Rescue


If we hope to save this big herd from the hunter’s bullet, we must get started now. The next two months are critical to the success of this rescue.

Our rescue of a big herd looks good but we have much hard work ahead of us. Here are some of those challenging tasks.

We must gain governmental approval, including approval from CITES, which is the international wildlife trade agreement between governments.

The logistics of this rescue must also be thoughtfully planned among wildlife professionals. Fortunately, we have a world class wildlife team to call upon who are, literally, among the finest in the world. This logistical equation that stands before us includes many components such as reserving cranes, helicopters and a significant fleet of heavy transport vehicles. Organizing veterinarians, medical personnel and supplies are essential, as well.

And, of course, we must raise the money to pay for this expensive equipment and these supplies.

Once we have formal approval from the government that will receive these elephants, we must create a well documented video describing this rescue. We feel that openly telling the story of this rescue in a quality video, and several other videos, is essential.

Our goal will then be to raise $100,000 on the internet, which is half of the amount needed to rescue these elephants. Upon reaching this target, we will seek big donors to match this amount to reach the goal of $200,000 needed.

This is only $2,500 for each elephant, which I feel is a cost well worth saving an elephant.

So, please make a generous donation today to save these elephants from the hunter’s bullet.

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Big Step Towards the Rescue of 80 Elephants


Although hunters probably won’t kill babies like this, it is quite likely that, should they lose their mothers from the hunter’s bullet, they will die from a broken heart, which so often happens in these instances.

After several months of focusing on finding a proper home for the herd of 80 elephants who must be moved from their present home in South Africa, I have a victory to share.

While we have known the general area and country where we had hoped to relocate the herd, now we know the precise location of what may be their new home. So we have more confidence that the government of that country is openly working with us to graciously welcome this imperiled herd into their country.

This is a big step! Particularly, since a Culling Permit to kill them was approved some time ago and will be most definitely implemented unless they are moved.

World class experts on the ground have identified a area in which plenty of food and water is available. The climate and terrain is excellent. There is neither a hunting nor a poaching threat. Moreover, we can transport the entire herd by truck, rather than air cargo planes, which I had previously anticipated.

I am keeping this location a secret for now because several individuals and hunting organizations want our plans to fail. But we can’t let the hunters win this battle!

You can be sure it’s going to be a tough fight.

So I am focusing all my attention on raising the money to fund this urgent rescue.

It has been estimated by specialist who have decades of experience moving elephants that the cost will be approximately $200,000 or only $2,500 for each elephant. I feel this is an exceptional bargain.

We simply can’t make this happen without your help. So, please consider being a part of this urgent rescue by making a generous donation today.

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Trump Says Hunting is a “Horror Show” and “I’m Not a Believer in Hunting”


President Trump apposes hunting and it appears the First Lady and Baron agree. They’re on our side.

President Donald Trump said elephant hunting is a “horror show” in a tweet that suggests he plans to reverse his administration’s recent decision to lift a 2014 ban on big-game trophy hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Trump faced a media assault from politicians, environmentalists and elephant lovers, many of whom claiming the decision was motivated by his sons Eric and Donald Jr., who are both big game hunters.

Amidst the media firestorm, Trump hinted that he would reverse the lifting of the ban in a tweet. “Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”

The turnaround will uphold an Obama-era rule banning hunters from importing trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Although the president’s reversal came largely as a surprise, The Washington Post noted a 2012 Twitter exchange between Trump and Cher, which revealed his personal distaste for hunting.

After Cher tweeted a story that included photos of Trump’s two elder sons posing with elephants and other animals they killed while hunting, Trump responded: “Old story, one of which I publicly disapproved.”

“My sons love hunting, I don’t,” he added.

He echoed those feelings in a 2012 interview with TMZ, saying: “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”

Trump Bans Elephant Trophies. “My Sons Love Hunting. I Don’t.”


In a decision we hail as a great victory for all who love elephants, President Trump has stopped the importation to the United States of the body parts from dead elephants killed by hunters in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

“My sons love hunting. I don’t,” he wrote on Twitter in 2012.

According to Reuters, “U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates across social media.

“Trump’s reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration.

“‘Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!’ Trump wrote in a tweet.

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that he had spoken with Trump and ‘both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical.’ He said the ‘issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.’

Now, this is how we can parlay the president’s decision into what may become a greater and permanent victory:

Whether you love or strongly dislike the president, your response of gratitude will increase the likelihood of his decision of reversal becoming permanent. So, call your congressional representatives and, although you may disagree with everything the president says or does, ask them to thank the president for this decision on your behalf.

A short, polite phone call is more effective than an email, fax or letter. So please call today by finding you congressional representatives here and dialing.

The elephants will thank you!


US To Allow Imports of Elephant “Trophies” from Zimbabwe and Zambia


Unlike wild dogs or cats who roam in packs, elephants live together in extraordinarily close families, much closer than ours. In fact a mother and baby are inseparable all their lives. So, grandmothers, mothers, babies and grand babies never leave one another’s side. The bulls are more independent yet will valiantly protect their families with their lives. For these reasons and many more, killing one of them is considered murder by informed people.

You may be able to save the lives of several elephants in just a few minutes.

Read this important article by clicking here.

Then please call your congressional representatives as soon as you are able and ask them to stop all imports of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

You can find your representatives by clicking here.

Phone calls are more effective than emails, faxes or letters. So, please use this method and always be extremely polite and informed.

Senators and congressmen closely monitor the response of their constituents so contacting them about this matter is clearly worth the few minutes required to read the above article, find your representatives in the included list and make a short phone call.

Remember, they want to know what’s on your mind so call today.

The elephants thank you!

Help Me Stop the Hunters!


I have been fighting since early summer of this year to stop a scene like this from happening to the 80 elephants who we must save. I consider the individual pictured above to be a murderer. And I am doing everything I can to stop the mass murder of these 80 elephants. Please fight this battle with me by making a generous donation today!

I’ve just received word that hunters are pushing to kill the 80 elephants we are trying to rescue. The Republic of South Africa has approved the Elephant Management Plan in which all 80 will be shot dead. This culling permit was given the OK several months ago. But now we are competing more directly with hunters who want to kill them.

Here is the problem: adult elephants eat approximately 660 pounds of food every day. Multiply this by 80 elephants and you have 52,800 pounds of food daily. That’s 26.4 tons of trees, roots and other plants each day or 9,636 tons every year!

And, other animals must eat, too. So, there is keen competition for survival among them.

Miraculously, I may have found a home for all 80 elephants!

Their new potential home has plenty of food, water, an excellent climate and terrain. There are no poachers and hunting is strictly outlawed with deadly force. We are working with local government officials to determine the exact area where they will be settled and hope to have this identified soon.

We must raise at least $200,000 for the relocation, which is only $2,500 for each elephant. This is a bargain!

I’m in touch with the man who oversees the nature reserve where the herd of 80 elephants live, communicating with him by phone and email. He has been extremely helpful. It’s often necessary to talk by phone and these calls to him and other parties involved are becoming expensive.

Perhaps, this is cost you’d like to help us with. We’ve made giving both easy and safe.

Simply press the orange donate button at the top of this page and select the amount you wish to give.

I thank you – and the elephants especially thank you!


Important Meeting About the 80 Elephants in Danger of Culling


Relocating 80 elephants is a significant undertaking that requires a considerable planning and forethought.

Our man on the ground had a long, face-to-face conservation with the man in charge of the 80 elephants who the Republic of South Africa has approved to be killed if they are not moved from their present location.

We learned that these elephants are considered government assets of South Africa and must be released as assets before we can assume “ownership” of them. This process and several other similar red tape matters will require time, application submissions and approvals.

Then there is the matter of determining precisely where they will be relocated within the new country that has expressed interest in accepting them. Once this has been confirmed, we must travel there to conduct an on-the-ground inspection to ensure it will provide the adequate availability of water and food, and that this heard of 80 will be safe in their new home. Next is the implementation of the transport plan. This involves darting them with tranquilizers and hosting them onto trucks.

The good news is that we have more time than first suspected. We will most likely move them in May of 2018 at the beginning of the South Africa winter when the cooler weather will reduce their stress and trauma.

This may sound as though we are, now, not in a hurry. Yet, the critical path of this rescue will demand every day of planning between the present date and next May. Indeed, this is still an urgent matter.

There is much more detail I have not discussed here. So, as one can imagine, a considerable amount of thoughtful planning among qualified professionals is perquisite to this operation. Nonetheless, we are confident that we will succeed.

If you want to help, please make a generous donation here.

Living Oasis is “Enthusiastically Received” in Botswana by Minister Khama

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, the Honourable Tshekedi Khama.

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, the Honourable Tshekedi Khama.

Our Plan to bring water to the last big elephant herd in the world, Living Oasis, was “enthusiastically received” by Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, the Honourable Tshekedi Khama. This news came during a phone conversation between H.E., Mr. David Newman, Ambassador to the United States from Botswana and Phillip Hathaway, founder of

Hathaway said, “It is a rich honor, indeed, to work with the ambassador and minister of such a great country as Botswana. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship in which we save many elephants.”