Progress Report of Our Big Rescue

Progress Report of Our Big Rescue

ELEPHANTS - HERD WALKING

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

ELEPHANTS - BABY WITH PARENTS

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.

Click here to give $125 to $5,000

Or here to make a donation of $30 to $100

Our GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency

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

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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!

ELEPHANT MURDERED

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

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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 ElephantRescue.net.

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.”

 

HRH, Prince William honors our board member, John Kahekwa

<> at The Royal Society on September 12, 2013 in London, England.

HRH, the Duke of Cambridge addresses attendees at the Tusk Conservation Awards before honoring John Kahekwa for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

HRH, the Duke of Cambridge handed the prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2016 to John Kahekwa at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

We at ElephantRescue.net congratulate John and are doubly proud, and fortunate, to have him as a member of our board.

The Tusk Conservation Awards press release stated that, “this event gives us a chance to celebrate extraordinary people, whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields. Their work with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all.

“HRH the Duke of Cambridge presented the Prince William Award, and Sir David Attenborough presented the Tusk Conservation and Wildlife Ranger awards. Sir David also received a special award from the Duke, for a lifetime of service to conservation.

“A huge thank you to everyone who played a part in making these wonderful awards a reality, especially our team and our sponsors. And heartfelt congratulations to all our finalists and winners.”

Earlier last year, Mr. Kahekwa was also presented the Whitley Award from HRH, the Princess Royal. Sir David Attenborough narrates a beautiful film about the Whitley Award, which we highly recommend. Watch it by clicking here.

In addition to the Whitley Award and the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, John has received several other prestigious awards for his work including the Marsh Award and is a three time recipient of the Medal of Merit for Ecology and Gorilla Protection.

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HRH with our board member, John Kahekwa, at his far left.