Elephant Protection: Partnership to Save Africa's Elephants

The Nature Conservancy is committed to reduce poaching by working to secure safe habitats for elephants, increase numbers of wildlife ranges, and improve capacity for rangers and anti-poaching patrols to better monitor elephants.

Promise for Elephants: Increasing Security in Africa

In 2014, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) committed to addressing three primary challenges to protecting African elephants in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia:

  • the scale of the problem is vast and conditions on the ground vary tremendously, including variations in elephant population status and ever changing political stability of range states;
  • wildlife security forces often lack the most basic tools for patrolling and prosecuting poachers; and
  • poverty and growing conflict for resources threaten the long-term survival of elephants.

TNC, in partnership with park agencies and other NGOs, will address these challenges using several approaches. They will increase the size and safety of community-run and private protected areas, focusing on wildlife corridors that link protected areas in order to allow for safe elephant migration.

TNC will also increase security in these areas by providing local NGOs, community conservancies, and park agencies with funding and technical support. This includes cutting-edge technology to support community watch programs, and assistance in training and equipping wildlife rangers to better patrol millions of acres of elephant habitat. This protection effort is designed as a near term tactic to help improve management capacity and protection at this critical time when the price of ivory makes even the best protected elephants at risk. This commitment will also empower local communities by creating financial incentives for conservation for local people, such as support for wildlife scouts and efforts to strengthen local enterprises. TNC will also support community conservation alliances called "community wildlife conservancies" to improve resource tenure for local communities, increase their management capacity, and improve the benefit flow from sustainably managed resources.


  • The Nature Conservancy

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

    They address the...

  • Save the Elephants

    Implementing NGO
    Kenya | Staff size: 6-25

    Save the Elephants works to sustain elephant populations and preserve the habitats in which elephants are found, while at the same time fostering a heightened appreciation and visibility for...

  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the International Union for the Conservation of...

  • Honeyguide Foundation

    Tanzania | Staff size: 26-50

    Above all, Honeyguide delivers results on the ground. Honeyguide have a core team of more than 50 committed individuals and support and guide more than 100 rangers and officers in six wilderness...

  • Kenya Wildlife Services

    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. It is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament Cap 376 with the...

  • Tanzania National Parks Authority

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Zambia Wildlife Authority - ZAWA

    Staff size: 26-50

    The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is mandated under the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 12 of 1998 to manage and conserve Zambia’s wildlife, which covers 31 percent of the country’s land...

  • Space for Giants

    Advocacy NGO
    Kenya | Staff size: 26-50

    Space for Giants is an international conservation charity, with more than a decade of experience facilitating the conservation and management of African elephants, and the landscapes they depend...

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Key Information

LocationKenya, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2017
  • Sectors