Elephants and giraffes are under threat. Majestic elephants poached for ivory. Gentle giraffes killed for meat and skins Africa's giant herbivores need our help. Across Africa, elephants are slaughtered in their thousands every year. Close-knit elephant families decimated, leaving traumatised family and orphaned young. Giraffes also suffer at the hands of people who value their skin and body parts over a beautiful living animal. Extinction means forever. If we don't act now, it'll be too late.
Meru Conservation Area is home to around 1,000 elephants and 1,400 reticulated giraffes. Both species play a vital ecological role by dispersing plant seeds to prevent desertification. It's vital we protect and nurture them. Since 2014, Born Free has helped Kenya Wildlife Service protect the park's 80 or so lions. Our appeal to Save Africa's Giants will expand on the vital work in taking place in Meru, and extend extra protection to elephants and giraffes living within the park.
Born Free is seeking to address the threats faced by elephants and giraffes in Meru by monitoring and identifying individuals of the population, whilst implementing nature-based solutions to prevent crop loss and damage by elephants. This work goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to increase community awareness and capacity to mitigate conflict through workshops and the creation of a local team who will work within their communities to implement effective and simple solutions to conflict.
It's not too late. Through this project, we can monitor, study and protect these fascinating species in Meru National Park, Kenya. We can identify individual families and mitigate the threats they face. We can work with local communities to increase awareness and resolve possible conflicts. We can train a team of local people to patrol Meru and remove snares. We can protect the savannah habitat and revive degraded areas.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).