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The Laikipia/Samburu Ecosystem

The Laikipia/Samburu Ecosystem The Laikipia Ecosystem represents the most important elephant range in Kenya outside of government protected areas. An estimated 6,365 elephants roam across this spectacular 40,000 km2 unfenced ecosystem, among a mosaic of different forms of human land-use including smallholder farming, forest reserves, private ranches, national game reserves and community owned wildlife conservancies.

This landscape is the heart of East Africa’s conservancy movement-where private and community landowners are increasingly committing their land to conservation. However the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory has undermined conservation efforts here, with 2011 and 2012 some of the worst years in living memory for wildlife poaching. This combined with land use change is greatly threatening the future of this critically important elephant population.

Space for Giants and our partners have been leading efforts to combat these threats, helping to resource, train and coordinate anti-poaching teams, support farmers to protect their crops from crop-raiding elephants and secure new wildlife conservancies. While these efforts have led to significant gains in terms of reductions in poaching, maintaining this effort requires your help.

This is the first elephant population that will be available for sponsorship.

Elephant Population
6365
Percent Adopted
6%
Priority
1
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There are approximately 400,000 African elephants left on the continent occupying a wide diversity of habitats that collectively encompass a total area of 3.3 million km2, across 37 states. There are two sub-species, the African bush elephant, Loxodonta Africana and the African forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis. One hundred thousand elephants have been killed in the last three years alone. The scale of decline is a consequence of a large and growing market for ivory in Asia, combined with unprecedented natural resource extraction, opening up Africa’s last intact natural ecosystems. Not only are elephants being hunted into extinction but their last refuges are disappearing too. Unless urgent action is taken, elephants will disappear from much of their range within the next ten years and with them, the last of Africa’s wild places and the rich tapestry of life they contain.

Our conservation target is to effectively conserve at least 10% of the remaining elephants and the landscapes they depend on by 2020. We aim to achieve this target by investing in the protection and management of priority elephant populations in East, Central, South and West Africa. We have prioritised elephant landscapes for conservation investment on the basis of:

  1. The size of the elephant populations they hold;
  2. The extent of elephant range available and;
  3. their broader biodiversity value.

We then make a decision as to which of these priority landscapes to invest in on the basis of our chances of achieving conservation success and the scale of the additional conservation benefits that our conservation investment will generate.

We are currently in the process of developing frontline protection projects for these identified priority elephant populations, in close collaboration with African governments and our credible partners on the ground. When these projects are ready to start, the elephant populations they aim to protect will become available to adopt online, by the public, so that everyone has an opportunity to participate in saving the species, one elephant, one population, at a time. However we will only put a population up for adoption, once all the elephants in the previous population have been adopted and protected. The first population available to adopt is in the Laikipia/Samburu landscape.

An elephant was adopted

Chelsea Wiley
5 days ago

An elephant was adopted

Scott Robinson
1 month ago

Sumo Thakur was adopted

Ayukta Thakur
2 months ago

Theo Little was adopted

Erika Stojeba
3 months ago

Hope was adopted

Elizabeth Hopkin
3 months ago

Phillipaphant was adopted

Pippa Essig
4 months ago

An elephant was adopted

Samantha Collings
5 months ago

Juno, Memphis, Phoebe and Harvey were adopted

Janet Eynon
6 months ago

Gizmo was adopted

Beatrice Storer
6 months ago

Shirley, Ivy and Suzie were adopted

Gemma McKeon
6 months ago

Alice was adopted

ellis bartholomeus
6 months ago

Youyou was adopted

David Taylor
6 months ago

Eva was adopted

Elaine Paige
6 months ago

Maisha was adopted

Minna Bullough
6 months ago

Kinky John was adopted

Rebecca Thomas
6 months ago

An elephant was adopted

zara heber percy
6 months ago

Celeste was adopted

Richard Knight
6 months ago

An elephant was adopted

Philippa Knight
6 months ago

Tembo was adopted

Rhodie Blythe
6 months ago

Empson was adopted

JENNIFER JONES
6 months ago

Chon was adopted

sharon finch
6 months ago

Elpis was adopted

sharon finch
6 months ago

3 elephants were adopted

Janet MacDonald
7 months ago

Ranger was adopted

philip fontana
7 months ago

Ella was adopted

Jane Qiu
7 months ago

Nelly was adopted

Hannah Lawrence
7 months ago

Chaucer was adopted

J L Hillyer
7 months ago

Dou Dou was adopted

Yuan Gao
7 months ago

Akosua was adopted

Tabitha Westley
7 months ago

Hope was adopted

Sharon Rance
7 months ago

Frederick was adopted

Andrea Parker
7 months ago

Ginger and Fred were adopted

Dagmara Sokolowska
7 months ago

Emma Garratt was adopted

Emma Garratt
7 months ago

Elmer was adopted

Samuel Macaulay
7 months ago

Dilbert was adopted

Jordan Common
7 months ago

Fe was adopted

isabelle landicho
8 months ago

Rita was adopted

Marie Sanders
8 months ago

Ollie was adopted

ellis bartholomeus
8 months ago

Yen was adopted

ellis bartholomeus
8 months ago

MAMA was adopted

Emma Jefferies
9 months ago

An elephant was adopted

Allison Gould
9 months ago

Isabella was adopted

Alessandra Pacheco
9 months ago

Nelson was adopted

Shirley Blewitt
9 months ago

Nessy the Elephant was adopted

Gareth Carrol
10 months ago

Cleo was adopted

Anonymous
10 months ago

Chatembo, Sastembo, Edtembo and lutembo were adopted

Charles Portsmouth
11 months ago

Brian was adopted

hugo ripley
11 months ago

Chacha was adopted

Steven Wilson
11 months ago

An elephant was adopted

joseph lake
11 months ago

Bump was adopted

Aisling Hegarty
11 months ago

Sir Trunkalot was adopted

Nick Young
11 months ago

Jumbo was adopted

Jon Tobbell
11 months ago

Dima was adopted

Darya Muzychak
12 months ago

Stuart Lawson adopted 25 elephants named "We Are Family"

Stuart Lawson
1 year ago

Uhuru was adopted

hugo ripley
1 year ago

Vega was adopted

Robert Marshall
1 year ago

An elephant was adopted

Julie McCracken
1 year ago

Ajax was adopted

Peter White
1 year ago

Ellie, Bob and Steve were adopted

Katie Gill
1 year ago

Markie, Oriana and Giant were adopted

Oriana Mieszczankowska
1 year ago

Jo, Rocco and Donphan were adopted

David Power
1 year ago

Freddie was adopted

Alicia Brown
1 year ago

Cedric was adopted

Tom Hodgson
1 year ago

Summer was adopted

Stefan Bikar
1 year ago

Ella was adopted

Jonathan Hildebrand
1 year ago

Maharbal was adopted

Nadia Fargette
1 year ago

An elephant was adopted

Subhi Farah
1 year ago

Babyone was adopted

Emma Lewis
1 year ago

2 elephants were adopted

Sally Blandford
1 year ago

Balboa was adopted

Julie Trapani
1 year ago

CT was adopted

Neil Pamment
1 year ago

Pushkin was adopted

Michael Dawes
1 year ago

Hope and Strength were adopted

Anne Munn
2 years ago

Cale and Layla were adopted

Deborah Stapleton
2 years ago

Danny was adopted

Judith Dipple
2 years ago

Munin was adopted

Amy Schaus
2 years ago

Brac was adopted

Susan Cottrell
2 years ago

Ganesh was adopted

Katharine Kandelaki
2 years ago

Catherine Brown adopted 15 elephants named "15 Candles"

Catherine Brown
2 years ago

Champ was adopted

Lindsey Morris
2 years ago

Tim Clement-Jones adopted 10 elephants named "Nyiro"

Tim Clement-Jones
2 years ago

Marilyn was adopted

Alexandra Barr
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

martine silbermann
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Stephen East
2 years ago

Tuskany was adopted

Stephen East
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Anthony Hughes
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Robert Cleave
2 years ago

Auntie Betty was adopted

Ruth Hall
2 years ago

Altair was adopted

Robert Marshall
2 years ago

Penny Davies adopted 5 elephants named "Savannah"

Penny Davies
2 years ago

Thor, Odin, Hoder and Vidar were adopted

SIMON TAYLOR
2 years ago

Ronald was adopted

John Billett
2 years ago

Heffy was adopted

Robert Hardcastle
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Richard Connelly
2 years ago

FUTURE was adopted

Penny Sanders
2 years ago

TemboTembo was adopted

NORMAN BIRTLES
2 years ago

Sokalisa was adopted

Marta Bortoli
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Mary Harrison
2 years ago

3 elephants were adopted

sarah jupp
2 years ago

Kirafiki was adopted

Ian Barras-Hill
2 years ago

and were adopted

Pamela Wells
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Michael Harris
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

ELIZABETH COOPER
2 years ago

Billy was adopted

Gillian Pittaway
2 years ago

Scarlet was adopted

Jill MacPherson
2 years ago

Spekboom was adopted

Corinna Weyreter
2 years ago

Magnus was adopted

campbell waterman
2 years ago

Gladys and Percy were adopted

Pete Mayo
2 years ago

Oscar was adopted

Shirley Edge
2 years ago

Shackleton was adopted

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hamish, Dancer and Hoot were adopted

Douglas Smith
2 years ago

Kito was adopted

Bridget Thomas
2 years ago

Zeus and Lady were adopted

Kevin Roberts
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Jane Wheatley
2 years ago

Mr and Mrs JDC was adopted

Ian Ascough
2 years ago

Queenie was adopted

Marsha Katalinic
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Marika Roettele
2 years ago

Stuart Lawson adopted 12 elephants named "We are family Get up ev'rybody and sing"

Stuart Lawson
2 years ago

Mama Yolanda was adopted

Janine Dos Remedios
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

MARGARET KILEN
2 years ago

Sir Eric was adopted

Lucy Card
2 years ago

Teresa O, George O and Sean O were adopted

Kevin Osborn
2 years ago

Samson was adopted

Sally Keyworth
2 years ago

Simba was adopted

David Smith
2 years ago

Hugo was adopted

Joanne Gosney
2 years ago

Phanta 2 was adopted

John Clayton
2 years ago

Mark Richardson adopted 10 elephants named "Team Jackie"

Mark Richardson
2 years ago

Matumaini and Neema were adopted

Ben Carter
2 years ago

Amarula and Thabsile were adopted

Sandra Grosso
2 years ago

Gandhi was adopted

Katharine Kandelaki
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

marcel Schutgens
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

marcel Schutgens
2 years ago

Hercules and Horatio were adopted

Ondine Sherwood
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

simon selo
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Satara Lester
2 years ago

Sita and Saba were adopted

Thea Glover
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Janet Binning
2 years ago

Alisha was adopted

Eric Palmer
2 years ago

George was adopted

Susan Sweeting
2 years ago

Della was adopted

Veronika Pot
2 years ago

Ella was adopted

Sue Garside
2 years ago

Max was adopted

ann gunner
2 years ago

Henry was adopted

Karen Levesley
2 years ago

Chumley was adopted

Shirley Blewitt
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Oliver Ferrreira
2 years ago

Echo was adopted

Melissa Buckwell
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

bob simpson
2 years ago

Eleanor was adopted

Avril Chaplin
2 years ago

Joe was adopted

jill farrell
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Mark Sibley
2 years ago

Holly and Ruth were adopted

Ruth Naughton
2 years ago

Bright Star and Ray of Light were adopted

TRISTAN SAWER
2 years ago

Sherlock was adopted

Shane Larkin
2 years ago

Sandy was adopted

Zoe Crick-Tucker
2 years ago

Kumari was adopted

Surani Silva
2 years ago

Syamala, Java, Tommy and Bella were adopted

Tom Pattison
2 years ago

Maelwine was adopted

Sue Fogg
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Jane Cabutti
2 years ago

Caesar and Augustus were adopted

Sarah Morter-Laing
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Nathalie Longnon
2 years ago

4 elephants were adopted

Naomi Steward
2 years ago

Brian was adopted

Alison Pearson
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Laura Caro-Sanchez
2 years ago

Clinton was adopted

Andrew Randle
2 years ago

Freya was adopted

James Wasley
2 years ago

Maximillian was adopted

Elizabeth Walton
2 years ago

Bwana was adopted

Megan Rowe
2 years ago

Ezra, Ezekiel, Ebenezer and Elinora were adopted

Patricia Johnstone
2 years ago

Elijah was adopted

Ameera Hossenally
2 years ago

Donovan was adopted

leah de wavrin
2 years ago

Danika, Ecter and Hoshi were adopted

David Vatcher
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Chloe Lawson
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Pierre Sosnowski
2 years ago

Matumaini was adopted

Melanie Thomas
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

ben barritt
2 years ago

Liberty was adopted

Sally Jones
2 years ago

Michael Dawes adopted 7 elephants named "The Magnificent Seven"

Michael Dawes
2 years ago

Kariba was adopted

Roger Keyworth
2 years ago

Kerry George adopted 5 elephants named "5 elephants"

Kerry George
2 years ago

Wilson was adopted

Anonymous
2 years ago

Stuart Lawson adopted 5 elephants named "5 elephants"

Stuart Lawson
2 years ago

Suzie was adopted

Penny Griffiths
2 years ago

Chester was adopted

Neil Pearson
2 years ago

Fred, Lilian and Phil were adopted

Maryan Dowling
2 years ago

Ellie was adopted

Lee Martin
2 years ago

Makebe was adopted

Jill Williams
2 years ago

Joshua was adopted

April Jones
2 years ago

THABO was adopted

John Roberts
2 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Madeline Ivory
2 years ago

Flora was adopted

Louise Cann
2 years ago

Kijivu was adopted

Isla McMillan
3 years ago

Tibby was adopted

Fiona Newton
3 years ago

Amara., Ife and Nkiru were adopted

Geoffrey Beitz
3 years ago

Laura was adopted

richard taylor
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Jonathan Medalsy
3 years ago

Caradog was adopted

Mel Lewis
3 years ago

Max and Sophie were adopted

Patricia Charsley
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Dorothy Druitt
3 years ago

Stampy was adopted

Kirstie Turner
3 years ago

Rahi was adopted

Sue Carey
3 years ago

Kim, Subo and Grey were adopted

Helen Rowe
3 years ago

Eleanor was adopted

Glenda Burgess
3 years ago

Piper was adopted

maureen king
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Melissa and Mark Sumera
3 years ago

Phakalane was adopted

Nigel Jones
3 years ago

Ruby and Hathi were adopted

Sophie Dennis
3 years ago

Bigbury and Syros were adopted

suzanne spanoudakis
3 years ago

2 elephants were adopted

Claire Burdett
3 years ago

Fazy was adopted

Daniel Pop
3 years ago

akosua was adopted

nadia fraga
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

PK Read
3 years ago

2 elephants were adopted

Jackie dane
3 years ago

Brian was adopted

Matt Gibberd
3 years ago

Pikelet was adopted

Amelia Beer
3 years ago

Hope was adopted

Brigitte Gaschnitz
3 years ago

was adopted

Susan Richmond
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Colin Crewdson
3 years ago

Dinnah was adopted

Rose Hogan
3 years ago

Usiku was adopted

Fiona Bermingham
3 years ago

Massive Attack was adopted

Heidi Bruce
3 years ago

Franz Kafka was adopted

Jan Wellmann
3 years ago

Eddy and Edwina were adopted

Antony McDonald
3 years ago

FOLAMI was adopted

Anni Keys
3 years ago

Cher was adopted

Simon Glazin
3 years ago

Monty and Auberon were adopted

Sara Woodhouse
3 years ago

ellie was adopted

amanda Merrill
3 years ago

Callisto was adopted

Jessica Bejlind
3 years ago

Trumble and Elmer were adopted

DAVID POWER
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

Julie Duval
3 years ago

Skyee was adopted

Allegra Nasi
3 years ago

3 elephants were adopted

Tim Clement-jones
3 years ago

An elephant was adopted

John Hughes
3 years ago