Stop Elephant Poaching in South Africa


Target: Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Goal: Increase anti-poaching measures to protect the elephants living in and around the Mara Serengeti region of southern Africa

A recent aerial report has shown a large number of elephant carcasses in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem of south Africa. In total, 192 elephant carcasses were found, with 117 in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. Most shockingly, of the elephant carcasses found in Kenya, 84 percent were located outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve and all of them had their tusks removed.

This alarming number of dead elephants found has caused much concern from the conservation fraternity in Kenya and Tanzania. They are now calling on the governments of the two countries to strengthen their elephant management strategies and to deploy technology in the fight against poaching. They also are calling for better management of elephants outside protected areas through strengthened community conservancies.

Other conservation organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are also working with the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments to seek new solutions to the current poaching menace. Some methods being suggested by WWF are “acquiring anti-poaching equipment and technology, engaging communities and private sector in anti-poaching campaigns, carrying out elephant censuses, working with communities to reduce human wildlife conflict, securing elephant range outside protected areas, monitoring threats and developing national and sub-regional databases for use in managing elephant and rhino populations.”

The two governments are keen on working with these groups to find lasting solutions to the poaching epidemic of endangered species, which include not only the elephant but also the rhino. The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania, Lazaro Nyalandu, called for the two countries to work together closely in order to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the region.

By signing the petition below, you will be urging the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments to take immediate and drastic measures to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures.


Dear President Kikwete and President Kenyatta,

The recent aerial report showed a large number of elephant carcasses in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem of south Africa, with a total of 192 elephant carcasses, 117 of which were found in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. Most shockingly, of the elephant carcasses found in Kenya, 84 percent were located outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve and all of them had their tusks removed.

I know that you are acutely aware of the threat poaching has on these animals’ survival, and this recent incident shows that despite the measures already taken to protect these endangered creatures, there is still much more to be done. Poaching and illegal wildlife trade still have a major impact on these endangered species and must be responded to with swift and firm action. I urge you to focus your attention and resources on the despicable acts performed by poachers for the sake of the elephants and the Mara-Serengeti environment as a whole.


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  1. Lynn Kilfoil says:

    Help us help all the precious elephants and other animals not just in South Africa but throughout the world.

  2. Dee Ahlquist says:


  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

    • Thank you SO much for all the quotes. Some I never knew, so thanks again! My heart breaks each time I see or read about the cruelty that humans are capable of. Keep educating people about how we, as humans need to CARE for animals, not torture and kill.

  4. Roxana Cazares says:

    We demand poachers get shoot if probed guilty

  5. why is it that men think they have to kill animals, thats not what they are on the earth for, maybe they should be killing each other

  6. STOP IT

  7. Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    I so wish the “hunters, poachers and breeders for canned hunting” would get a terrible disease or something terrible happens to them. They are the vermin of society.

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