International Elephant Foundation
The team of keepers chose to work with the International Elephant Foundation because of the charity's excellent work in elephant conservation. This includes projects and educational programs in the wild, as well as in their managed facilities for both African and Asian elephants. The charity focuses on important issues like herd management, protection and scientific research.
“IEF creates a sustainable future for elephants. We generate and effectively invest resources to support elephant conservation, education, research, and management programs worldwide. Through our passion, expertise, knowledge, and partnerships we inspire and engage people to ensure a vibrant future with elephants everywhere.”
Read more about the International Elephant Foundation here
Fundraising for IEF
Since starting raising money for IEF in 2014, the team has organised an annual Elephant Appreciation weekend and raised over £60,000, with plans to raise more in 2018.
The money sent to the International Elephant Foundation is put to very good use:- helping stop the illegal poaching of elephants, lobbying governments to stop illegal ivory trade and also to help to educate local communities and reduce the human / elephant conflict that arises due to their loss of habitat.
The International Elephant Foundation also supports a vital research programme into the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV), which is deadly to baby elephants. This elephant-specific disease strikes calves between the ages of 1 and 4 years old.
There is known to be various strains of the virus found in both African and Asian elephants both in the wild and human care, there is also no known vaccine or cure.