Save the Elephants - Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

$951,576 in grants from 1999 - 2019

Save the Elephants (STE) works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. 

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A community Project supported by WorldWomenWork and Save the Elephants are the Mama Tembo, “elephant mothers” in Swahili. They join the Grevy’s Zebra Scouts and the Mama Simba, mothers of lions, as powerful forces for the protection of endangered species. This project has empowered 9 indigenous women in northern Kenya to protect the future of wildlife and people in their ecosystem through defending essential movement corridors threatened by development and infrastructure.

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Elephant Orphan Project

Almost all of the big tuskers are gone from surges in poaching across Africa. The price of ivory has fueled the widespread killing of elephants. There are now only approximately 30 of the great tuskers left. Now, these animals are dealing with a new problem. Without the matriarchs to lead the herd, the orphaned elephants do not know where to go. These herds are now wandering into new areas at risk of encountering dangerous habitats. The Orphan Project by Save the Elephants helps to understand the orphaned elephant's migratory patterns as they expand their ranges into uncharted territory. Donations from WorldWomenWork funded a seven year study looking into the lives of 10 of Samburu's orphaned elephants, revealing how poaching impacts the lives of those orphans left behind in the wild and building awareness to prevent such killing in the future.


WorldWomenWork’s funding has supported the GPS collar deployment and tracking of 50 elephants in northern Kenya, deepening our fundamental knowledge of what drives elephant movements, improving their security and providing key data for the landscape planning processes that will define the future of the ecosystem.