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International wildlife charity Born Free Foundation has a track record of putting in place highly effective field projects in response to threats faced by wildlife. In order to ensure the best possible long term support for elephants, Born Free is working with government wildlife authorities to ensure that funds raised through Bloody Ivory can be put to use in the most efficient way.
Babille Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia is home to Africa’s easternmost population of elephants. Standing between well-equipped poachers and its roughly 300 remaining elephants is a small team of rangers with no maps, vehicles, radio communications or camping equipment. Their number is vastly inadequate to patrol the park’s 6,900km2 mountainous terrain and over the past two years at least 44 elephants have been poached.
To make matters worse, large numbers of people have moved within the park boundaries and are growing crops and rearing large herds of cows, goats, sheep and camels, all competing with the wildlife of Babille for its precious resources.
To address the park’s most immediate needs the rangers urgently need to be better equipped and have better access to the park – funds to purchase motorbikes, GPS units, camping equipment, uniforms and rations for the rangers are therefore all desperately needed.
As a donor you’ll receive updates of what your money is doing for elephants. It is a 100% fund - as administrator of this fund, Born Free will make NO deductions of any kind - every dollar, pound, euro, lira, rupee and dinar you give will go towards protecting elephants on the ground. YOU will be joining the fight to protect elephants from poaching.