We are being forced into action – Dominik has returned to Mozambique where he has reported a dramatic increase in elephant poaching. For the first time organised groups using AK 47s are hunting down our small elephant population. The surrounding national park has confirmed 15 elephants slaughtered in the last 3 weeks, as these photos show, and a further 5 on OUR border at Mareja.
It is very frightening, our small locally trained ranger team of 10 are not prepared for this level of weaponry and professionalism. They have an area of over 40,000 hectares of coastal forest to patrol and guard with meagre resources.
These groups are using helicopters to collect the ivory and huge hordes have been found for sale in China, Thailand and across Asia. This sharp increase in elephant poaching will devastate our population, taking males and larger females out of the family group. Although they even kill babies for minute stubs of ivory.
I am running this emergency appeal to raise £50,000 to better equip our men, improve their safety and build awareness of the upturn in the illegal ivory trade.
The effect of removing elephants from the National Park will have a profound and immediate impact on human demographics. Once the elephants are gone the occupation and control of permanent water sources will enable the expansion of agriculture devastating a wide variety of species across the Park.
Mareja, and the surrounding Quirimbas National Park, is one of the few wild and beautiful biodiversity hotspots left in the world. To find out more about the place, our rangers and to meet our elephants please click here.
Despite poachers having been caught in Mozambique NO charges have been brought, and in China illegal goods are widely traded. We urgently need international pressure to change this. If you are not able to give any money please spread the word by sending this link to all your friends and contacts.
For the first time since 1990, when the international ivory ban was brought in, elephant poaching has risen to pre-ban levels. From a slow decline it has sharply increased in the last two years due to an Asian market for ivory. Elephants are protected by Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Specialists say that unless illegal poaching is addressed this magnificent and ancient creature, our largest living land mammal will become extinct in this area.