The Independent | Elephant Campaign


The campaign so far

Hong Kong:

Destroy illegal ivory or keep it for display? A 30-ton dilemma

‘I remember the way elephants scream as they die’

A convicted poacher admits killing more than 70 elephants using only a couple of spears.

A day out at Pemba Bay, Mozambique

Due to weak laws and severe poverty, buying ivory is too easy in Mozambique, says conservationist Sophie Scott Beissel.

‘Independent’ appeal raises £400,000 to help elephants

The Independent’s charity appeal has now raised more than £400,000 for our partner charity Space for Giants.

‘I am determined to defeat the poachers before it is too late’

Foreign Minister William Hague fears the illegal ivory trade is funding terrorism, and he plans to stop it.

How Africa’s ‘white gold’ funds the al-Shabaab militants

Ivory smuggling has become an attractive and profitable enterprise for terrorist groups.

Ivory owners are urged to do their bit for elephants

Activists prepare to destroy 50kg of artefacts - and appeal for more

Good fences make good neighbours in Kena

Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants.

Protesters lock horns with China over ivory as campaigner look into buyers

Hundreds of people descend on the Chinese embassy in London to demand a ban in ivory trade.

Poachers no longer in control of ‘Wild West’

Funds from The Independent’s charity appeal are already making a big difference in Kenya.

Hong Kong to destroy 28 tonnes of ivory

Hong Kong announced in January that it will destroy 28 tonnes of its stockpiled ivory.

The plight of the rhino

Customs officials in Thailand and Singapore seized £3.5m worth of rhino horn en route to Vietnam

The film that stopped the ivory trade

Ground breaking undercover filming helped stop the ivory crisis in the 1980s. Can it be done again?

Field diary - protecting elephants on the ground

Our weekly field diary gives you an insight into the day-to-day work of Space for Giants scouts.

Tweeting elephants - behind the scenes

Last week four elephants joined Twitter and shared their adventures via GPS collar.

Ke$ha accused of smuggling ivory

Stockpiles must be destroyed to prevent sales of ivory.

Where the Chinese go to buy their illegal ivory

Burmese town exposed as one of Asia’s biggest markets after thousands of trinkets are seized.

Three teams in training to take on the poachers

Every penny raised in the elephant appeal will be spent directly on wildlife conservation projects in Africa.

Elephants on the edge

We must find a way for humans and elephants to share a space not defined by barriers.

Joseph Kony’s child army and the ivory trade that pays its bills

It is ‘white gold’ that the LRA now seeks.

Saying ‘it wasn’t me’ is not enough – we must act

We are the ones who can change our behaviour.

Time is running out fast for Tanzania’s elephant herds

Urgent steps need to be be taken to stop the cull

China crushes six tonnes of ivory in crackdown on illegal trade

The illegal stockpile was destroyed in a landmark move

Bush whack: How to turn poachers into gamekeepers

Kapuna Lepele made a fortune from ivory until villagers made him change his ways

Few are willing to say just how bad the poaching crisis is

The elephant population may easily fall into terminal decline

Prince William backs our campaign:

'We must end this greed-driven poaching epidemic'

Six inspirational elephant quotes

'If elephants didn't exist, you couldn't invent one'

Keleshi Parukusa was trusted with protecting rhinos

But the money on offer from poaching proved too tempting for him, he confesses

Weapons that bring death to the savannah:

Elephant poachers are using firearms left over from Mozambique’s civil war

A daily battle:

'Anne Nyokabi does not remember much about the day her mother was killed'

Elephant mother:

79-year-old Daphne Sheldrick is still caring for orphans of the poaching epidemic

The DNA trap

An Edinburgh geneticist uses forensics to track animals killed – and their killers

Jailed poacher speaks out:

'Use people like me to stop the killing of elephants'

Virginia McKenna

Ivory is a little piece of misery on your mantelpiece

The Kenyan canine unit putting elephant poachers off the scent

The business of protecting wildlife has now become professional and militarised

How a campaign to save sharks can help elephants

When the buying of ivory and shark fins stops, the killing can too

UK pledges £10m to fight illegal wildlife trade

Cash and commitment are vital to stop criminal gangs

Elton John: Africa may be changed forever

My two sons may never experience its wildlife like I had the chance to

Why conservation is about forging a friendship

Farmers have had crops repeatedly destroyed by marauding elephants

A short timeline of elephant poaching

The key dates in two centuries of elephant slaughter

Six facts about elephant families

The large mammals have intricate social networks

Steve Connor

Logging has allowed poachers to pick off the African forest elephant at their will

Zac Goldsmith

At this rate, elephants will be wiped out within 10 years

Elephants could be being slaughtered far quicker than previous figures suggest

In some areas, elephant populations have dropped by a staggering 80 per cent in six years

The human cost of the demand for ivory

Poachers have killed over 1,000 rangers in a decade

Five facts about elephants in circuses you need to know

Your go-to guide to performing pachyderms

Unlikely threat: oil in the reserves

Drilling in a Ugandan national park is having a negative effect on its elephants

Take a walk on the wild side: 15 amazing elephant moments

These elephant gifs will make your day

Bid for a Chapman Brothers Sculpture

Art to save lives: this sculpture was given to the Christmas appeal for the Space For Giants charity

Amazing Elephant Anatomy

There's so much more to elephants than meets the eye

Christmas Appeal: Where is your money going?

How your donations will help Space for Giants protect the elephants

Pretty ornaments, despicable slaughter - the ugly truth behind that eyecatching piece of ivory

WARNING: Graphic Content

10 things you need to know about poaching

The essential dossier on illegally killing animals

Catrina Stewart

Is there a place for hunting in conservation, with the money it earns put back in to stop poaching?

Evgeny Lebedev

The situation for elephants is desperate - please help

Five unbelievable habits of elephants

From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

Ronnie Wood

Deaths on the savannah must stop

Vidhi Doshi

E-Unit: Meet the Space for Giants elephants

Three myths about elephants you probably believed, and three amazing facts you’ll be glad to know

Elephants are amazing creatures, but can you separate fact from fiction?

Vidhi Doshi

Interview with wildlife photographer David Gulden

Evgeny Lebedev

Gunfights with heavily armed enemies are a part of life for wildlife rangers

Three life-lessons from our best-loved fictional elephants

These elephants' messages are often a bit more complicated than your five-year-old self might have realised at the time!

Three cruel and unusual elephant deaths

Elephants have suffered at the hands of humans in more ways than one

Al Qaeda Profit from the trade of ivory

The arguments for saving the elephants go beyond just the environmental

Rangers call in the paras

The British Army is training Kenyan officers to fight heavily armed poachers

Elephants in battle:

5 ways elephants redirected the course of history

PM backs our campaign:

Mr Cameron said he had raised his concerns with the Chinese Premier

Interactive map:

What do elephants do all day?

Erick Kabendera:

The killing and the poaching goes on

Allan Thornton:

China's thirst for ivory is a death sentence for Africa's elephants

Michael McCarthy:

China - the front line of a hideous slaughter

Oliver Duff:

i Editor's Letter: How you can help to save the African elephant

Evgeny Lebedev:

Without action against the renewed scourge of poaching, these giants of nature will vanish

Michael McCarthy:

A small charity needs all the help it can get

Atrocious abuse:

Among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, they have suffered for centuries at the hand of man.

Elephant facts:

They're gay, they grieve and they're left-handed - just like humans

Poaching, live:

Hear the horrifying sound of an elephant being gunned down

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