Stories

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  • Successful prosecution of wildlife trafficker, Yunhua Lin October 19, 2021

    The New York Times has written an in-depth piece about the successful prosecution of Yunhua Lin, a high level wildlife trafficker operating out of Malawi. Lin, Southern Africa’s most notorious ivory trafficking kingpin, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in September for dealing in rhino horn, possession of rhino horn and money laundering.

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  • Flying in the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem September 3, 2021

    Zakouma changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast and mystical country of extremes? How can you explain the fascination of this vast reserve? where the oldest roads are elephant paths or nomadic migration routes… dating back to biblical times.

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  • Tribute to Rory Young August 12, 2021

    Rory Young of Chengeta Wildlife was a good friend and partner of the ECF. He was tragically killed while working in Burkina Faso in April 2021. We first got to know Rory when he was training rangers in Malawi and Guinea. He became pivotal in the struggle to save the last desert elephants of Mali, following the jihadist uprising, which made the Gourma elephant range one of the most dangerous places in Africa.

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  • Poachers Turn Wildlife Defenders in DRC July 15, 2021

    The Elephant Crisis Fund has been supporting anti-poaching work in Lomami National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2014. In 2019 it started funding a new unique type of conservation work - the reform of two notorious forest elephants poachers called ‘Ranger’ Lavino and Kitona Kilo.

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  • The Hidden Elephants July 8, 2021

    The magnificent, intelligent, and highly endangered forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) made headlines in March this year when the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its status to critically endangered. Their population is believed to have declined a staggering 86% in just 31 years. Yet most people would be forgiven for not knowing about them.

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  • Chengeta Wildlife's co-founder and CEO, Rory Young, tragically killed in Burkina Faso April 30, 2021

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Rory Young, a dedicated conservationist and head of Chengeta Wildlife (an ECF grantee), who was killed along with a Burkinabe soldier and two Spanish journalists in Burkina Faso on Monday.

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