The elephants of Africa continue to be under serious threat due to large scale poaching for their ivory tusks.

 

In the decade from 2007-2017 a third of Africa's remaining elephant population was lost. During this decade one elephant was being killed every 15 minutes to supply the surging black market demand for ivory.

 

The Askari Project was set up to raise funding and support for elephant conservation and the protection of some of the last Great Tuskers of Africa.

Askari is derived from the swahili word for soldier. It is a term often given to young bull (male) elephants found in the company of larger, older and more experienced bulls. These young bulls learn many things from their more experienced teacher, things they will need to become a dominant bull of the future. In return these ‘askaris’ serve as a posse providing company and security to the older bull with many eyes and ears more effective at detecting threats and dealing with dangers.

 

With the present dangers that all elephants, especially these older bulls currently face, this project was developed to be another ‘askari’ to these iconic elephants. 

100% of the funding and support we raise through our fundraising efforts is directed to the operations and on the ground efforts of The Tsavo Trust.

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The Tsavo Trust is a Kenyan not-for-profit organisation based in the Greater Tsavo ecosystem. Their vitally important work in this famous region involves protecting and conserving Kenya's largest remaining population of elephants which include some of the last Great Tuskers of Africa. This is done throughout this vast region comprising more than 42,000 square kilometres via their aerial and ground teams.

Your support of The Askari Project by purchasing products from our online store, contributing to our  fundraising activities and events, visiting and 'liking' our Facebook page and spreading the word to get family, friends and colleagues involved directly helps in their protection and is greatly appreciated.

 

The future of these iconic elephants and most other wildlife species is in our hands and the success of this project depends on a large and passionate following of elephant lovers' and their generous support, so please assist this project wherever you can.