Cause: Elephants & Their Habitat
Elephants are the largest land mammals on earth and play an important role in the environment where they live as a species that is a cornerstone to the environment around them. However, this iconic species faces the biggest threats to its survival due to ivory poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction. After having roamed the wild for 15 million years, today, they are at risk of extinction.
HOW WE CHOOSE TO KEEP ELEPHANTS ROAMING FREE
Space For Giants protects not only Africa's elephants and their landscapes, but demonstrates the ecological and economic value they bring. At the same time, they work to show that elephants and their landscapes can bring economic value to local communities, regional authorities, and national governments. Setting aside wild places for their intrinsic value is a noble ambition but it has little place in the reality on the ground is difficult to sustain long-term in the face of growing demands from an expanding world population. The ecological and economic value landscapes and wildlife can generate must be tangible so that the African people find value in protection of their wildlife and open landscapes.
Sooner or later, a decision must be made about how to use every acre of land. Conservation can drive enterprise in remote areas, provide livelihoods, pay for schools or clinics, and bring visitors. We must demonstrate the value that conserving that space for wildlife can bring, and prove that this is the better deal in the long-run.