Elephant Conservation

$105,263 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 1,753 people in 34 months


In partnership with Wildlife Asia and Haka. Rampant poaching for ivory, poisoning, electrocution and human-wildlife conflict have decimated the Sumatran Elephant population in Indonesia. As few as 1000 are left in the wild. We cannot afford to lose any more of these gentle giants.
Please help us create Elephant Patrols Units for the protection of Sumatran Elephants in the Leuser Ecosystem - we need to act NOW before it's too late. We cannot do this without YOUR help. No amount is too small.

Thank you.

Paul Hilton is a conservation photojournalist with a focus on the manta and shark fin trade, palm oil, and wildlife crimes. For more information cut and past this link < http://www.discovery.com/dscovrd/racing-extinction-changemakers-paul-hilton/>
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The collars are on, but we need more rangers on the ground, but without your help, we can't move this forward, please guys, keep the money coming, conservation doesn't stop. Help us keep the last wild elephants wild.
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Notes from the field.

The elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem are one of the last populations of forest elephants that hold both native ranges and social systems in the way they have existed since before people inhabited the islands.

This project provides funding support to determine exactly how these elephants live so that we can plan on how to best protect them. Home ranges, territory overlaps between families and herd viability are key pieces of the puzzle that we need to know. We have begun the training process with the local teams and will return in January to continue this process. The elephant collars have been purchased and delivered to Sumatra and planning is now complete for the collaring operation and ongoing monitoring. The rangers will now be well equipped to monitor these herds and importantly, we have been able to transfer the skills and data analysis tools we have used in Central Africa so they don’t have to start from scratch.

This is a rare opportunity to help an even more rare elephant species get the freedom and protection they need to survive in this ecosystem.

The interactive nature of forest elephants means they influence the daily habits of hundreds of species throughout the forests they live in. From full canopy trees to amphibians on the floor, all are directly benefiting from the protection strategies we implement here. Protecting the ecosystem’s flow and interactions is as important as protecting the land it sits on. Without those interactions the land simply stops harboring these species.

This is one of the most critical projects of our generation and we all have the opportunity to set a new precedent in the protection of elephants in Indonesia.
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Paul Jan Hilton
34 months ago
6
6

Dear Diane, I'm very committed to making a difference. I understand what you've said. I know many people out there don't really get the big picture, 99 percent of time the solutions are never black and white, but I feel we have the best team of committed people on the ground to make a real difference. Kind regards Paul

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Diane Arata
34 months ago
3
3

Sure hope you are for real. I worked all my life with elephants in the circus. We gave them the best care and loved being part of all. We also played an active role in promoting awareness of the dwindling population in the wild. The animal activist made lots of money for themselves. The animals were sent to so called sanctuaries where they died within years. Tennessee being one of the worst. Non of their efforts or dollars went to the problems of the wild animals. We have lost the battle for greed. Including the greed of the wealthy animal rights groups. It will be to late unless the elephant is worth more alive then dead. Human greed will win. I gave 15 years of my life stopping activist as they burned down our semi's with no regard for any life. Paul, do not trust animal rights activist groups, they are out for the money. Greenpeace is good, they put their money and actions towards the bigger purpose. Try to have them become a big part of saving the elephants. They can help, they have lots of power.

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CM
6 months ago
2
2

The comments below about the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee is absolute bs, as are the comments about animal rights activists. Circuses are some of the worst offenders against animals, and thanks to animal rights activists we have seen videos of elephants being severely abused behind the scenes at circuses and other venues, as well as what goes on in factory farms, auctions, puppy mills and slaughterhouses. Do your homework. The remarks of a circus employee are hardly credible. But this is not the appropriate venue for such a debate anyway. let's contribute to the safety of these precious animals and value them both in the wild and in captivity.

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Tobi Elizabeth Salver
21 months ago
2
2

Diane Arata, I am shocked to read your comments. For one, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is a very well respected and reputable sanctuary that allows abused and confined elephants from circuses live out the rest of their days roaming hundreds of acres, free from confinement, free from chains, free from being shipped around the country in cargo. They don't even let the public visit the sanctuary. Sadly most people working in the animal entertainment industries claim to love the animals. It seems though that they only love themselves, because a true love of animals would mean never subjecting a sentient animal like an Asian or African elephant to live in such heinous and horrendous conditions. By 'best care' for your elephants in the circus, you mean cruel confinement, use of electric prods and bullhooks? Shaking my head.....

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Connor Hansell
25 months ago
2
2

Diane Arata is it not greed that drives circuses to exploit animals for profit? I highly doubt the circus industry uses live animals in their acts just to raise awareness of their plight in the wild. Taking an animal from its natural habitat and forcing them to preform night after night for profit does not show care or concern for animals and their well being. "Sure hope you are for real. I worked all my life with elephants in the circus. We gave them the best care and loved being part of all. We also played an active role in promoting awareness of the dwindling population in the wild. The animal activist made lots of money for themselves. The animals were sent to so called sanctuaries where they died within years. Tennessee being one of the worst. Non of their efforts or dollars went to the problems of the wild animals. We have lost the battle for greed. Including the greed of the wealthy animal rights groups. It will be to late unless the elephant is worth more alive then dead. Human greed will win. I gave 15 years of my life stopping activist as they burned down our semi's with no regard for any life. Paul, do not trust animal rights activist groups, they are out for the money. Greenpeace is good, they put their money and actions towards the bigger purpose. Try to have them become a big part of saving the elephants. They can help, they have lots of power."

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Paul Jan Hilton
19 months ago
1
1

Notes from the field. The forest elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem are one of the last populations of forest elephants that hold both native ranges and their social systems in the way they have existed since before people inhabited the islands. This project is directed at channeling funds to the simple step of determining how the elephants live so we can plan on how to best protect them. Home ranges, territory overlaps between families and herd viability are all top of the list. We need to devote more energy to training and demonstrating how to do this in January. We finish the elephant-collaring program and line the rangers up to better manage their elephants. More importantly we give them the data analysis tools that we’ve learnt in Central Africa so they don’t have to start from scratch. This is a rare opportunity to help an even more rare elephant species get the foundation they need to survive in this ecosystem. The interactive nature of forest elephants means they influence the daily habits of hundreds of species throughout the forests they live in. From full canopy trees to amphibians on the floor, all are directly benefiting from the pretense we set here. Protecting the ecosystem’s flow and interactions is as important as protecting the land it sits on. Without those interactions the land simply stops harboring these species. This is one of the greatest projects of our generation as it pertains to elephants and we have the opportunity to set the Precedent Help spread the word!

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Cheryl Feng
33 months ago
1
1

Your page link doesn't work

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Leslie Griffith
34 months ago
1
1

Dear lovers of Elephants. Have you considered showing the film, "When Giants Fall" for a fundraiser? It changes lives

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Camille C. Hanson
33 months ago

Dear Paul, I am so encouraged by your hard work. I am a professional choreographer based in Madrid where I create contemporary dance and audiovisual performance works for festivals throughout Europe. My recent production, "The Sacrifice of Giants", raises awareness about the exploitation of wild animals in the entertainment business. Could you send me an email address where I may better write you with a few powerful resources and opportunities I have here in Spain. Thank you. Looking forward, Camille Hanson

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Shane
7 months ago

Hi! Thanks Paul for working tirelessly! Just a quick question - how does the funding for this prevent the construction of the dam / "save" the animals from the dam?

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Jessica Ortega Valencia
25 months ago

He does have an instagram, for whoever is interested in knowing more of what he does. Look him up as, Paulhiltonphoto.

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Morgan Drutchas
26 months ago

Paul, I have donated. Just out of curiosity, have you been able to start with the money raised and if so any progress?

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Azzahra HerTasning
30 months ago

Hi! My name is Azzahra, I am an Indonesian. I was wondering why none of Indonesian's media covering this issue? Please check your direct message on instagram, would be really nice if we can have conversation moreover.

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Heidi Russell
30 months ago

Hi Paul, I would love to help somehow. I have been interested in critically endangered species for some years, and can't bear to watch anymore slip into oblivion. To me, species extinction is the biggest issue right now, along with climate change. But I feel most people are missing it. They are just unaware of what is going on, particularly with the Sumatran elephants. I want to change that, I want to blow the lid off it. And show people how to help. I spent 2 months in Indo last year, went to Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan. I am haunted by your image of little Agum at Vesswic and the chained elephant at Way Kambas. I am going back soon and visit these places to see what I can do. I am not sure what to do yet, but I have been thinking about it for some time, perhaps a book? start tours? volunteer? relocate the elephants? I don't know yet, but ya gotta think big right! It is a big, complex issue that I am still trying to understand, but I have decided to take the year off to explore some options. Please let me know if I can help somehow. Regards Heidi.

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Emilie Rost
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I donated because of the recovery of little Selma

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Heather Ferguson
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Thanks for all your hard work Paul. I hope we can help more in the future

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Divya Pawar
3 days ago

Greed for money created this mess, hopefully giving back money will clean some of it up!

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James Martin
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Humans suck

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Kay Alty
3 days ago

Molly and her coworkers have been doing a great job with Selma

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Paul Jan Hilton
34 months ago
6
6

Dear Diane, I'm very committed to making a difference. I understand what you've said. I know many people out there don't really get the big picture, 99 percent of time the solutions are never black and white, but I feel we have the best team of committed people on the ground to make a real difference. Kind regards Paul

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Diane Arata
34 months ago
3
3

Sure hope you are for real. I worked all my life with elephants in the circus. We gave them the best care and loved being part of all. We also played an active role in promoting awareness of the dwindling population in the wild. The animal activist made lots of money for themselves. The animals were sent to so called sanctuaries where they died within years. Tennessee being one of the worst. Non of their efforts or dollars went to the problems of the wild animals. We have lost the battle for greed. Including the greed of the wealthy animal rights groups. It will be to late unless the elephant is worth more alive then dead. Human greed will win. I gave 15 years of my life stopping activist as they burned down our semi's with no regard for any life. Paul, do not trust animal rights activist groups, they are out for the money. Greenpeace is good, they put their money and actions towards the bigger purpose. Try to have them become a big part of saving the elephants. They can help, they have lots of power.

+ Read More
CM
6 months ago
2
2

The comments below about the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee is absolute bs, as are the comments about animal rights activists. Circuses are some of the worst offenders against animals, and thanks to animal rights activists we have seen videos of elephants being severely abused behind the scenes at circuses and other venues, as well as what goes on in factory farms, auctions, puppy mills and slaughterhouses. Do your homework. The remarks of a circus employee are hardly credible. But this is not the appropriate venue for such a debate anyway. let's contribute to the safety of these precious animals and value them both in the wild and in captivity.

+ Read More
Tobi Elizabeth Salver
21 months ago
2
2

Diane Arata, I am shocked to read your comments. For one, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is a very well respected and reputable sanctuary that allows abused and confined elephants from circuses live out the rest of their days roaming hundreds of acres, free from confinement, free from chains, free from being shipped around the country in cargo. They don't even let the public visit the sanctuary. Sadly most people working in the animal entertainment industries claim to love the animals. It seems though that they only love themselves, because a true love of animals would mean never subjecting a sentient animal like an Asian or African elephant to live in such heinous and horrendous conditions. By 'best care' for your elephants in the circus, you mean cruel confinement, use of electric prods and bullhooks? Shaking my head.....

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Connor Hansell
25 months ago
2
2

Diane Arata is it not greed that drives circuses to exploit animals for profit? I highly doubt the circus industry uses live animals in their acts just to raise awareness of their plight in the wild. Taking an animal from its natural habitat and forcing them to preform night after night for profit does not show care or concern for animals and their well being. "Sure hope you are for real. I worked all my life with elephants in the circus. We gave them the best care and loved being part of all. We also played an active role in promoting awareness of the dwindling population in the wild. The animal activist made lots of money for themselves. The animals were sent to so called sanctuaries where they died within years. Tennessee being one of the worst. Non of their efforts or dollars went to the problems of the wild animals. We have lost the battle for greed. Including the greed of the wealthy animal rights groups. It will be to late unless the elephant is worth more alive then dead. Human greed will win. I gave 15 years of my life stopping activist as they burned down our semi's with no regard for any life. Paul, do not trust animal rights activist groups, they are out for the money. Greenpeace is good, they put their money and actions towards the bigger purpose. Try to have them become a big part of saving the elephants. They can help, they have lots of power."

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Paul Jan Hilton
19 months ago
1
1

Notes from the field. The forest elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem are one of the last populations of forest elephants that hold both native ranges and their social systems in the way they have existed since before people inhabited the islands. This project is directed at channeling funds to the simple step of determining how the elephants live so we can plan on how to best protect them. Home ranges, territory overlaps between families and herd viability are all top of the list. We need to devote more energy to training and demonstrating how to do this in January. We finish the elephant-collaring program and line the rangers up to better manage their elephants. More importantly we give them the data analysis tools that we’ve learnt in Central Africa so they don’t have to start from scratch. This is a rare opportunity to help an even more rare elephant species get the foundation they need to survive in this ecosystem. The interactive nature of forest elephants means they influence the daily habits of hundreds of species throughout the forests they live in. From full canopy trees to amphibians on the floor, all are directly benefiting from the pretense we set here. Protecting the ecosystem’s flow and interactions is as important as protecting the land it sits on. Without those interactions the land simply stops harboring these species. This is one of the greatest projects of our generation as it pertains to elephants and we have the opportunity to set the Precedent Help spread the word!

+ Read More
Cheryl Feng
33 months ago
1
1

Your page link doesn't work

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Leslie Griffith
34 months ago
1
1

Dear lovers of Elephants. Have you considered showing the film, "When Giants Fall" for a fundraiser? It changes lives

+ Read More
Camille C. Hanson
33 months ago

Dear Paul, I am so encouraged by your hard work. I am a professional choreographer based in Madrid where I create contemporary dance and audiovisual performance works for festivals throughout Europe. My recent production, "The Sacrifice of Giants", raises awareness about the exploitation of wild animals in the entertainment business. Could you send me an email address where I may better write you with a few powerful resources and opportunities I have here in Spain. Thank you. Looking forward, Camille Hanson

+ Read More
Shane
7 months ago

Hi! Thanks Paul for working tirelessly! Just a quick question - how does the funding for this prevent the construction of the dam / "save" the animals from the dam?

+ Read More
Jessica Ortega Valencia
25 months ago

He does have an instagram, for whoever is interested in knowing more of what he does. Look him up as, Paulhiltonphoto.

+ Read More
Morgan Drutchas
26 months ago

Paul, I have donated. Just out of curiosity, have you been able to start with the money raised and if so any progress?

+ Read More
Azzahra HerTasning
30 months ago

Hi! My name is Azzahra, I am an Indonesian. I was wondering why none of Indonesian's media covering this issue? Please check your direct message on instagram, would be really nice if we can have conversation moreover.

+ Read More
Heidi Russell
30 months ago

Hi Paul, I would love to help somehow. I have been interested in critically endangered species for some years, and can't bear to watch anymore slip into oblivion. To me, species extinction is the biggest issue right now, along with climate change. But I feel most people are missing it. They are just unaware of what is going on, particularly with the Sumatran elephants. I want to change that, I want to blow the lid off it. And show people how to help. I spent 2 months in Indo last year, went to Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan. I am haunted by your image of little Agum at Vesswic and the chained elephant at Way Kambas. I am going back soon and visit these places to see what I can do. I am not sure what to do yet, but I have been thinking about it for some time, perhaps a book? start tours? volunteer? relocate the elephants? I don't know yet, but ya gotta think big right! It is a big, complex issue that I am still trying to understand, but I have decided to take the year off to explore some options. Please let me know if I can help somehow. Regards Heidi.

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