The future of elephants is threatened as a result of illegal hunting for their tusks and body parts, the trafficking and sale of ivory, and the sharp rise of conflict between humans and elephants through an escalation of competition for space and resources.
There is hope. By closing ivory markets around the world, reducing demand for ivory, improving law enforcement against poachers and traffickers, and promoting human-elephant coexistence, elephants’ chances for survival will dramatically improve.
To achieve this, the Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) 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.
Launched by Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (now known as Re:wild), the ECF 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, and promoting human-elephant coexistence.
The ECF 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.
To date, the ECF has supported 385 projects by 101 partners in 42 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 to trialling novel human-elephant conflict mitigation measures, the ECF has committed $30.1 million since inception, of which $29.2 million has been paid out. With poaching, trafficking, and demand for ivory still at crisis levels, and rising human-elephant conflict, 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 2021 End Year Report