Elephanatics was formed in May 2013. We are an elephant advocacy organization residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!
Our mission is to assist global elephant conservation efforts by educating Canadians about issues of ivory poaching, habitat loss, and the continued exploitation of elephants by humans, and to connect Canadians directly with elephant conservation partners in Africa and Asia.
As an organization, we strive to educate people through various mediums of outreach. For the past four years we hosted the annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
. We make numerous educational classroom presentations to primary grades, secondary schools and universities on the poaching crisis and unethical tourism. We hold fundraisers and talk to people on an ongoing basis about our mission.
We have been recognized in the media for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, Vancouver Fashion Week, and our own flash mob production. Our #IvoryFreeCanada campaign
to the Canadian Government, asking for a total ban of the domestic trade of elephant ivory, was supported by 95 distinguished national and international wildlife and animal advocacy organizations, Members of Parliament and the BC Legislature. The campaign was covered by over 180 media outlets including radio, television and newspapers. Our petition has reached over 495,000 signatures and continues to climb.
We feel it is important to align ourselves with other organizations that hold the same philosophies and values as we do. In order to ascertain the best possible recipient for our fundraising initiatives, we have determined our core values by the three pillars of advocacy we stand for – Conservation / Education / Action. We wish to support and maintain relationships that share our beliefs.
Our main core values and beliefs are:
Sustainability – We believe reflecting an environmentally conscious image is an extremely important message to portray in all we purport to do.
Professionalism – Being transparent, accountable, and responsible for all we do within our organization and how we project that through social media channels.
Community – Fundraising/awareness events done at a community level should be specific to the cause money being raised for. Education is key to change by spreading awareness in a compassionate manner.
We expect the organizations we allocate our funds to, not only share our same core values, but to also give us recognition on their social media outlets for our donation via: website, facebook, twitter, instagram, blog, press release, etc. We would ask they give a brief write up and description of the project they used our money for and to send updates on the progress of the project. We are responsible as a non-profit to be transparent to our donors where the money we raised on their behalf is designated. For a more in-depth explanation, have a look at Elephanatics – Business Plan
Dr Jake Wall, our Co-Founder and African Elephant Specialist, was awarded the best student presentation at the Canadian Association of Geographers’ 2015 annual meeting. He collaborated with Save the Elephants and Google Street View to invent a way in which to ‘walk with the elephant’. See link below:
He invented a GPS tracking system with advanced-mapping technology algorithms that can detect oddities in a single elephant’s movements, possibly signifying poaching or an injury. He continues to work with Save the Elephants and is presently at Colorado State University in a postdoctoral position where he continues his work on GIS (Geographical Information Science) and technology and the African elephant.
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