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Save The Elephants
Formation 1993
Type Conservation charity
Purpose/focus To protect, preserve, research, educate and develop man's relationship[1].
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Region served Kenya, Mali, Gabon, Congo
Founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Staff 14[2].
Volunteers 5

Save the Elephants is a London-headquartered nonprofit organization founded in September 1993 by Iain Douglas-Hamilton. Save the Elephants works to sustain elephant populations and preserve the habitats in which elephants are found, while at the same time fostering a heightened appreciation and visibility for elephants and their often fragile existence. The organization uses a four pillar approach to fulfill its mission statement, combining habitat protection, research, grass roots organization and involvement[1], and through disseminating information through television[3], films, publications[4] and new media sources.

Save the Elephants has been instrumental in helping to revitalize African elephant populations, while at the same time, increasing in awareness in the many issues which threaten to erode elephant populations and the habitats in which they live[5]. Iain Douglas Hamilton has played an integral role in stopping the illegal ivory trade throughout the world, while at the same time raising the profile of elephant conservation and awareness[6].

Primarily based in Samburu National Reserve in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Save the Elephants carries out rigorous studies of elephants, including elephant collaring and more recently, sophisticated elephant tracking techniques.

Save the Elephants has been featured in numerous film, television and print articles, including National Geographic [5]. The BBC Natural History Unit series The Secret Life of Elephants, screened in 2009, featured Iain and his work[7].


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