The elephant is one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful animals. It is also under threat of extinction.
Between 2010 and 2012 more than 100,000 elephants were killed, wanted only for their tusks, profits of which often go to terrorist groups and organised crime syndicates, adding fuel to the fire. If we don’t take action today, our children will grow up in a world without the elephant.
In 2014, the leaders of Chad, Tanzania, Gabon, Botswana, and Ethiopia decided enough was enough and formed the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), an African-led initiative to stop the illegal trade in ivory.
As the Secretariat to the EPI, Stop Ivory works to implement action plans in both individual countries and across the continent, developing guidelines for destroying stockpiles of ivory, the latest inventory technology, and more. By bringing key players in Africa on board to drive change, Stop Ivory have created a sustainable framework, driven by results on the ground.
By getting the right people and the right ideas around the table, we can move the needle and save the elephant. In October 2017, the Rumi Foundation hosted a dinner to increase awareness of and raise funds for this mission. We were privileged to be joined by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, alongside key players from Stop Ivory, the EPI, the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Conservation International and other friends of the elephant, all united in their desire to protect this graceful creature. We thank them all for their vital work and tireless energy.
They all spoke passionately about the fight ahead, but one thing is clear: with our support, Stop Ivory and their partners can stop the illegal trade in ivory and ensure that the elephant thrives for many years to come.