‘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.

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

The funds will help to protect elephants in Kenya from wholesale slaughter – and it is the most successful Independent appeal ever.

It will provide for the recruitment and training of wildlife wardens; teaching communities how to co-exist with elephants as human settlement encroaches on wildlife habitats; and on purchasing new conservation areas where elephants can live safely.

More donations are needed and welcome – but we are also asking readers to support a broader campaign on poaching and smuggling.

In common with many other charities, Space for Giants is lobbying governments worldwide as they prepare for the historic London Conference on wildlife crime, which is being hosted by the Prime Minister next Thursday.

Lobbying

The Independent has again joined with Space for Giants to call for world leaders to take action to:

  • Provide better training for rangers;
  • Curb demand by educating consumers in Asia about the reality behind ivory and rhino horn poaching;
  • Drive down sometimes endemic corruption;
  • Uphold the existing ban on trade in ivory;
  • Aid communities in poaching hotspots to develop sustainable livelihoods.

We have a page on our Voices site where you can join the debate. The tasks facing campaigners are daunting. For example, 70 per cent of Chinese ivory buyers do not realise it comes from elephants.

Max Graham, of Space for Giants, said: “The appeal has been completely transformational... I truly believe that, largely as a consequence of the awareness and funds raised by the campaign, 2014 will be the year the tide turned for elephants, forever.”

Supporters of the campaign

Damien Hirst       
American Express
Arsenal FC        
Clare Balding       
The Bank of England          
BMW UK (Mini)   
Nick Brandt         
Richard Branson 
Rory Bremner      
Sarah Brown        
BT          
Andre Carrilho     
Jake and Dinos Chapman
eBay      
Tracey Emin         
Anneliese Emmans Dean   
Nicholas Evans    
The FA  
Stephen Fry         
John Gledhill       
Zac Goldsmith MP              
Grange Hotels     
Dan Green            
David Gulden      
Hawksmoor Restaurants
Thomas Heatherwick         
The Hippodrome Casino
Elton John            
Boris Johnson      
Kew Gardens       
Jemima Khan       
Jude Law              
Simon Le Bon      
Damian Lewis      
Rob Lloyd Jones  
Alistair McGowan
Ed Miliband MP  
Piers Morgan       
David Nicholls     
Graham Norton   
PayPal  
Richard Platt        
Ronnie Scott’s     
Rutundu, Kenya  
The Saatchi Gallery             
Elif Safak              
Saracens Rugby Club
Segera Retreat, Kenya
Hugo Swire MP   
The Ivy  
The Moon Houses, Kenya
Tropic Air             
Adrian Villar Rojas              
Virginia Wade      
Richard Walker    
David Walliams   
Prince William     
Robin Windsor    
Ronnie Wood      
The Zoological Society of London

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