About Us

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Tens of thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks each year in a devastating wave of poaching that is sweeping across Africa. This elephant genocide is driven by demand for ivory as a symbol of wealth or prestige in Asia.

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There is hope. By closing ivory markets around the world, reducing demand for ivory, and improving law enforcement against poachers and traffickers, elephants’ chances for survival will dramatically improve. 

To battle this surge in ivory poaching, the Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective projects and partners in Africa, and in ivory consuming nations, to end the ivory crisis and secure a future for elephants. The ECF exists to fuel their efforts, encourage collaboration, and deliver rapid impact on the ground – even within 24 hours of a poaching crisis.

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Launched by Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Elephant Crisis Fund is the most flexible and responsive fund geared towards emergency assistance and innovative investments in both NGO’s and governments combating the poaching, trafficking, and demand elements of the ivory crisis.  

The Elephant Crisis Fund supports the best efforts from the most trusted organizations working to save elephants. The ECF funds the best ideas.  It provides equal access to funding for both large and small, international or grassroots organizations, based on the merit of their projects to deliver impact for elephants and to stop wildlife crime.

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To date, the Elephant Crisis Fund has supported 309 projects by 88 partners in 40 countries across Africa and around the world.

From funding investigations into the illegal ivory trade markets of East Asia to assisting with aerial operations and intelligence networks in the frontline battles for elephants, the ECF has committed $24.7 million since inception, of which $23.8 million has been paid out. With poaching, trafficking, and demand for ivory still at crisis levels, the ECF will not stop raising financial support and deploying every dollar until this crisis is ended, and elephant populations are on the road to recovery. 

For further details, please read the Elephant Crisis Fund 2020 Mid Year Report