Save the Elephants

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Save the Elephants (STE) was founded in 1993 by Iain Douglas-Hamilton. A research and conservation organization, Save the Elephants (STE) is a UK-registered charity headquartered in Nairobi with its principal research station in Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya.

FounderIain Douglas-Hamilton
TypeNon-profit organization
FocusWildlife conservation
  • Kenya
  • Kenya, Africa
Area served
Based in Kenya, projects across the continent

STE's mission is to secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man's delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.

The elephants of Samburu are now one of the best-studied elephant populations in the world, with detailed histories of almost 1,000 individuals and their interactions over the last 29 years. Data from their behaviour and population dynamics have allowed scientists to understand the impacts of the ivory poaching crisis on populations across Africa.

Pioneers in radio and GPS tracking of elephants, STE works to understand ecosystems from an elephant's perspective. Real-time information on their movements is proving a powerful tool to protect herds from poachers, and long-term data allows us to influence landscape planning to take elephants into account.In 2013 STE launched the Elephant Crisis Fund run jointly with the Wildlife Conservation Network to fuel the growing coalition of organisations that are working to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and end the demand for ivory to secure a future for elephants. Since then, the ECF has funded 104 partners conducting 415 projects in 44 countries across Africa and Asia, with 100% of funds raised reaching the field.


  1. ^ "Charity Overview". Charity Commission. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  2. ^ "The Four Pillars". Save The Elephants. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2009.