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Stories

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  • Elephant movers and the shakers: the three musketeers
    Elephant movers and the shakers: the three musketeers December 16, 2021

    A trailblazing, collared bull elephant named Swazi has made headlines after crossing three countries - South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, and navigating busy roads, human settlements, farms and mines. Along with two other bulls, Swazi is mapping the connectivity of a vast landscape. ECF partner, Elephants Alive, which collared Swazi and one of the other bulls named Gutano, is tracking the trio’s movements in real time. The valuable data from their epic journey can advise on future development plans to enable humans to live harmoniously with wildlife.

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  • Successful prosecution of wildlife trafficker, Yunhua Lin
    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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  • Tribute to Rory Young
    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
    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
    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.

    Learn more about the forest elephant here
  • Chengeta Wildlife's co-founder and CEO, Rory Young, tragically killed in Burkina Faso
    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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