Founding Partners

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The Elephant Crisis Fund is a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. 

Save The Elephants

Based in Kenya, Save The Elephants (STE) is a long-term protector of elephants and a leading voice and advocate for elephants. Founder Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton has spent 50 years working with elephants in Africa and has built a team with the connections across the continent needed to partner with the most effective organizations. STE conducts scientific research into elephant behavior, intelligence, long-distance movements and population dynamics and applies them to the challenges of elephant survival.


Wildlife Conservation Network

The Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN invests technically and financially in a select network of conservation partners to ensure their mission success, and creates large-scale, range-wide Crisis and Recovery Funds to support the best ideas to end extinction crises and bring wildlife back from the brink. Learn more about WCN’s unique approach to saving wildlife, or learn more about our conservationists and their most compelling initiatives.


The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, LDF supports innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF's grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas: wildlife & landscape conservation, marine life & ocean conservation, climate change, innovative solutions, indigenous rights, and public advocacy.