How will my donation help?
Over the last three years, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed across Africa for their ivory. Poachers are increasingly well trained and have access to sophisticated weapons, posing a dangerous challenge to wildlife rangers and anti-poaching teams.
Space for Giants' target is to protect at least 10% of Africa’s elephants living in the priority landscapes by 2020. Based on current estimates, that’s roughly 40,000 individuals. We know from our work in Northern Kenya, that it costs £5 per month to effectively protect one elephant.
Our target is ambitious, but we believe it's entirely achievable if everyone is given the opportunity to play their part. By donating just £5 per month, you’ll help to secure the future of a species that has been on earth for over 2 million years, forever.
Why should I support Space for Giants?
Space for Giants has extensive experience in frontline protection of elephants and securing space in the landscapes they depend on. We work with local partners including other conservation organisations, the government and judiciary to find sustainable solutions to wildlife crime and many other conservation challenges.
Since 2012, we have experienced a more than 80% reduction in poaching levels in the Laikipia Ecosystem, where we currently work. We strongly believe that our success in Laikipa can be replicated in other landscapes by adapting our programmes to local conditions. By supporting us, you will be investing in a tried and tested conservation model that has real potential to significantly reduce elephant poaching in priority landscapes across Africa.
How exactly will my money be spent?
Your donation will go towards the provision of frontline protection for elephants across priority landscapes in Africa – these are regions of high conservation value, where elephants are vulnerable to being illegally killed, but where we also have a real opportunity for ensuring their survival in the long term. Frontline protection includes: building and resourcing anti-poaching capacity among wildlife rangers; building capacity within the judiciary to increase penalties and conviction rates for wildlife crime; minimising human-elephant conflict among local farmers and; habitat protection in a way that benefits local communities.
Will I be the only person adopting "my" elephant?
You will adopt one of a known number of elephants from a population living in a particular landscape. However your donation will not be linked to a specific known individual but rather to a symbolic individual that is a member of one of our target populations. Once you have adopted an elephant, you can give it a name and choose a photo, and you will see the number of elephants available for adoption decrease. When all elephants in a landscape have been adopted, sufficient support will have been committed to protect elephants in that landscape. We will then make more elephants available for adoption in new landscapes, until we have protected all elephant populations we can.
How do you know how many elephants are in a particular landscape?
We use data from regular surveys carried out across Africa that is submitted and vetted to the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group, the world’s leading authority on the current status of elephants.
What happens if the number of elephants in a landscape changes?
We anticipate that elephant numbers will change in each landscape over time and we will know this from new surveys that are carried out by our partners. If we are successful and the number of elephants increases in a particular landscape, then new elephants will come up for adoption in that landscape. If, however, elephant numbers decline, then we will write to a randomly selected number of sponsors, equivalent to the number of elephants that have disappeared from that landscape, giving our sponsors the opportunity to either adopt an elephant in another landscape or cancel their sponsorship.
How can I pay?
You can set up a monthly direct-debit via our website. When you try and donate you will be guided through the process. Or you can choose to make a one-off payment via credit card.
Can I make a one-off payment?
Yes, you can choose to make a one-off payment to adopt either one, or several elephants over a period of one year.
When will I receive my adoption certificate?
Your adoption certificate will be emailed to you within 5 working days of making your donation. If your donation is a gift, and you need your certificate sooner, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and help.
How will I know what impact my donation is having?
When you adopt an elephant you will be given the option to subscribe to our newsletter, providing regular updates on progress with protecting the population in which you have adopted an individual.
Any questions or queries?
We want to hear from you. Please e-mail us at email@example.com