Babile's Elephants Get a Helping Hand
Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia is home to Africa’s easternmost population of elephants. Standing between well-equipped poachers and its roughly 300 remaining elephants is a small team of wildlife rangers patrolling the mountainous terrain.
Funds donated through Bloody Ivory have helped to buy the team field equipment, allowing the team to stay in the field overnight and thus extending their patrol area; a laptop to compile and maintain records; digital cameras to record elephant sightings and poaching activity; and vehicle maintenance in order to facilitate their work.
Thanks to this support, the team have been able to ramp up their efforts to tackle the devastating local elephant poaching which is supplying the ivory trade wider afield. In the last five months they have: confiscated ivory from a dealer who was subsequently sentenced to a year in prison; brought a case before the courts concerning the brutal killing of an elephant, for which three suspects are currently under investigation; and contributed to an investigation into the wounding of an elephant.
In addition to this valuable work, the team has stepped up its collaboration with the local communities in and around Babile, securing their critical involvement and leading to reduced human encroachment into the area, thus helping to ensure long term success in the protection of the remaining elephants and their habitat.
Thanks to YOU and this small team of rangers, the devastating tide of elephant poaching and human encroachment into Babile is being stemmed. Many challenges remain, but together we can give Babile's elephants another chance.