New ‘Elephant Team’ to stop the Poachers

As an era comes to an end in England at a time when the government has committed itself to make the exploitation of wild animals in circuses a thing of the past and, in memory of Anne, the last performing elephant in a British circus, the Sunday Mirror has agreed that funds raised in her name will be deployed by Born Free to establish the elephant team – L’Équipe des Éléphants – a new anti-poaching unit that will bring vitally needed additional security to the country’s elephants.

African Elephant

© Mike Dooley

Few places in Africa are now safe from the bloody ivory poaching epidemic that is sweeping the Continent fuelled by unrestrained demand in China and the Far East (www.bloodyivory.org). But while the world’s attention has been focussed on the slaughter of elephants in Tanzania, in Chad and, most recently in Dzanda Sangha in the Central African Republic, West Africa’s largest remaining elephant population is also under threat.

Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries on the planet, is home to about 5,000 elephants. It is the last remaining stronghold for the species in an area the size of western Europe. The authorities are dedicated to trying to prevent widespread elephant poaching in its national parks but they need help and they have turned to Born Free and the Sunday Mirror for that help.

As an era comes to an end in England at a time when the government has committed itself to make the exploitation of wild animals in circuses a thing of the past and, in memory of Anne, the last performing elephant in a British circus, the Sunday Mirror has agreed that funds raised in her name will be deployed by Born Free to establish the elephant team – L’Équipe des Éléphants – a new anti-poaching unit that will bring vitally needed additional security to the country’s elephants.

This action follows hard on the heels of an International Wildlife Crime Summit at St James’s Palace hosted by HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince William, together with the British government, last Tuesday, when conservationists, non-government organisations and wildlife experts agreed that without new and resolute action, many of the world’s most iconic species, including Africa’s magnificent elephants, face a bleak future.

Here, just a few days later, is our response. A new force for conservation, a new force for elephants, an investment in the survival of the species led by Born Free, the Sunday Mirror and the brave men and women who make up L’Équipe des Éléphants, the elephant team in Burkino Faso. I hope that this will herald a new dawn for the world’s beleaguered wildlife species. For far too long organised wildlife crime syndicates and poaching gangs have had their brutal way.

Enough is enough. The fight-back starts now.

It is our intention for L’Équipe des Éléphants to be operational for at least a year, but we cannot do it without your help. To donate and contribute to the running of this anti-poaching unit, visit www.bloodyivory.org

8 Responses to “New ‘Elephant Team’ to stop the Poachers”

  1. Mike Dooley Says:

    Great news. I wish the L’Equipe des Elephants team every success.

  2. Cera Says:

    Hi Heroic Ones,
    Thank you so much for putting together L’Equipe des Elephants (great name too by the way)!
    I can’t tell you how deeply appreciative I am of your work, wonderfully inspirational!
    Heartfelt Thanks!
    We Wish you every victory & happiness with it all!
    I’ve already “adopted” elephants from your amazing website as gorgeous gifts – as well as beautiful lions, leopards, turtle – and I would like to ask you: what should I get from your site (for a special birthday gift) right now? ~ Thanks x
    Thank you I really appreciate it!
    Very Best of Blessings
    Cera
    Xxx

  3. gill gilbey Says:

    How many will be involved in the anti-poaching unit and will they be a “fighting force”?I hope they will be effective for the sake of the elephants and the people of Burkina Faso.

  4. virginia mckenna Says:

    I am really grateful to everyone who has so generously responded to our Appeal. This year is the 30th anniversary of the death of the teenage elephant,Pole Pole, at London Zoo. Her death started our work and so, for me, anything we can do for elephants as they face such terrible threats and such suffering is done in her memory. Virginia

  5. stacey gorman Says:

    Fab….Amazing….I am attending a MArch in October with David Sheldrick Foundation..iworry.org …for all our Dumbo’s….I hope Born Free come 2gether 2…it would be amazing x I always say the more the better…:O)

    Virginia I met you at Polly Anna Pickerings home & Born Free Ladies lunch….You are Amazing !!!!! Wish more people were like u ….

  6. Vivien James Says:

    This is really good news but why cannot pressure be brought on China to stop the selling of ivory and animal parts. They have a lot to answer for.

  7. gill gilbey Says:

    I agree with Vivien James,this is a perennial question that EVERYBODY sidesteps.I think we need the UN to step up and introduce sanctions.

  8. Angela Moore Says:

    With so many wonderful people trying so hard to save the elephants and other animals, why cannot all our governments put real pressure on China to reform? If only world leaders would speak up and name and shame it would help.