The Elephant Society
Is an organisation that is determined to end illegal wildlife trade and to abolish acts of poaching. We hope to achieve this through education of the importance of conservation, informing of the harm that the illegal wildlife trade causes and fund raising for organisations working on the ground in East Africa and Asia to protect endangered species.
The Elephant Society is an anti-poaching and conservation charity based in Hong Kong with a particular interest in the conservation of African Elephants in East Africa. We were formed in November 2014 to help raise awareness against the poaching of elephants and rhinos, two species that will be extinct in this generation if nothing is done to halt the demand for their tusk. A large portion of the work that we do at The Elephant Society is to educate the population of the harms that poaching and illegal ivory trade has on both the animals and communities both at the source and at the point of sale. With Hong Kong being the largest consumer of illegal ivory in the world, the issue hits very close to home. In 2014 we held an Elephant Education Week in Hong Kong where we visited schools, seeing over 1000 students to help educate them about these magnificent animals, the importance of supporting conservation programs and how the little and large ways they could help the cause. To assist with this we brought a Maasai warrior to Hong Kong and also one of the kings of conservation in East Africa, Richard Bonham from Big Life Foundation. The week culminated in a gala dinner for over 200 people, with the main objective of fundraising to help our partner organisations (including Big Life and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) tackle the poaching problems on the ground in Africa. The impact was strong.
2019 sees big plans for us where aside from expanding our education programme we are also looking to bring the Maasai Olympics to Hong Kong as the 2019 Maasai Games. This will be a week of raising awareness through track and field events with competition amongst schools and corporates alike. We are looking to bring a number of Maasai Warriors to Hong Kong to train with students and help them understand why wildlife is so important to them and the community at large.
"when the buying stops, the killing can too"
So we at The Elephant Society encourage you to join us in our mission to stop the illegal ivory trade. To find out more about the damage that the illegal ivory trade causes: visit our Facts about Poaching page. If you're ready to help; find out how you can Get Involved. Or visit our social media pages linked below.