Thank You From Elephanatics 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

With another year behind us, we are richer because of you.

We would like to thank all of you who have played an integral part in Elephanatics’ success throughout the year. To those of you who continue to inspire us to push forward against the unconscionable acts perpetrated against elephants, we are only as good as the people who further our efforts and help us attain our ultimate goal of ending the poaching crisis and unethical treatment of all elephants.

I would personally like to thank our Directors, Tessa Vanderkop and Leanne Fogarty, for their relentless spirit and drive, our Advisors for their optimism, encouragement and wisdom, and our Volunteers who have been the backbone to our every success. We are forever in your deepest debt and gratitude.

I would also like to thank the many outstanding elephant organizations that have achieved great strides in poaching prevention through varied technological techniques and organizations in Asia who have focused on a more ethical standard of tourism camps for elephants. We admire your strength, commitment and dedication to ending these crises. And, to the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect their heritage, we acknowledge you as the true heroes in this war.

Just recently, the UK passed the toughest legislation to date with a near-total ban on the trade in ivory. This monumental action will make law enforcement less complicated while making it easier to reduce demand for ivory amongst consumers. Through collaborations and concerted efforts we are making an impact, even though at times they appear thwarted by events taking place on a daily basis around the world that harm elephants.

Our need to be vigilant and stay the course has never been more imperative. Let’s continue on this trajectory of optimism and aim to close further domestic ivory markets in 2019 around the world to include Canada!

Please enjoy some of Elephanatics grand impressions and accomplishments during the year at our events and classroom presentations by clicking on the link below.

We wish you all a Magical and Merry season filled with hope for the future and good health, above all else.

Fran Duthie / President


The Last Animals – a movie by Kate Brooks

The Last Animals 

A powerful documentary about extraordinary people who go to incredible lengths to save elephants & rhinos now available on Netflix in Canada on December 24th @Netflix_CA

TAKE ACTION for an #ivoryfreecanada by signing the petition https://bit.ly/2D6AEI9

Canadian Domestic Ivory Ban Letter to Government

Canadian Domestic Ivory Ban Letter 

‘The Last Animals’ a film by Kate Brooks

The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to all lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to protect elephants and rhinos. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

Kate Brooks


Kate Brooks is a world-renowned photographer who has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. She first began working as a photographer in Russia while documenting child abuse in state orphanages. The resulting photographs were published worldwide and used by the Human Rights Watch to campaign for orphans’ rights.

Kate then proceeded to dedicate herself to covering the post 9/11 decade through to the beginning of the Arab Spring; she is widely known for her extensive work across the Middle East and in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Kate’s photographs are regularly published in magazines, such as TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Smithsonian. She also exhibits her work in museums and galleries across the globe.

In 2010 Kate was as a contributing cinematographer on the multiple award-winning documentary The Boxing Girls of Kabul. Her introspective collection of essays and photos In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11 was selected by PDN as one of 2011’s best photography books. Kate was then awarded a 2012-13 Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. There she began researching wildlife trafficking and the pan African poaching epidemic for the documentary film The Last Animals. Kate’s drive and passion for this project comes from the fundamental belief that time is running out and that we are at a critical moment in natural history.

If you haven’t seen this remarkable film yet, please download for purchase through iTunes or rent for your convenience.






Elephanatics Christmas Gift Wrapping by Donation – this weekend!!

This weekend Elephanatics will be Christmas gift wrapping by donation at the gigantic Knights’ Christmas Market. Over 100 vendors, live music, a bistro, raffles, 50/50 draws, baked goods, book fair, handmade artisans and brimming cups of Christmas cheer! 100% of net proceeds go to rescuing a tourism elephant in Thailand and taking her to sanctuary. Huge thanks to our sponsors – Eddie’s Hang-Up Display Ltd. and STMC Knights Christmas Market.

If you can help volunteer or share this message – thank you!

Contact Leanne Fogary at elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com if you wish to donate your time to this worthy cause.


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Pub Night 2018 fundraiser for MEP

Elephants Like to party Too, a fundraiser for Mara Elephant Project in Kenya

What a huge success! Last night’s “Elephants Like to Party Too!” Pub Night raised $6,000 for the Mara Elephant Project! We didn’t dream of raising that amount so thank you. Our volunteers were amazing – thank you to Carol-Ann, Brian, Lorne, Eva, Chelsey, Linda, Lauren, Stacy, Janice, Susan and Emmalee. Thanks also to our silent auction sponsors – LUSH Cosmetics Vancouver – West 4th Avenue, Garry Ho, White Spot Restaurants in Grandview Heights, Carol-Ann & Brian, Mehndi & More Body Art, Dave & Tessa, Elephant Garden Creamery, Susan, Twin Sails Brewing, Fran & Lorne Duthie, Library Square Public House, ECM Espresso Coffee Machines Co., FlyOver Canada and Ziptrek Ecotours Inc. Our appreciation also goes out to Sam and his crew at Library Square Public House for being the ultimate hosts.

Sign and share our petition! More than 450,000 have signed already – thank you! If you haven’t added your name yet, please help us get to 500,000 signatures.

Giving Elephants a Voice on World Elephant Day



August 7, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – With World Elephant Day fast approaching, Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver, wants to stomp out legislation that still allows elephant ivory to be sold within Canada. August 12 is World Elephant Day and they state there is no better way to celebrate the world’s largest land animal than by asking the Canadian Government to close the legal domestic trade in elephant ivory.

“Each year over 20,000 elephants are killed for their ivory. By banning the trade of elephant ivory in Canada we are saying no to poaching, which is the largest threat to this species right now”, says Fran Duthie, president of Elephanatics. “The #ivoryfreecampaign aims to put pressure on the government to change legislation. The best way to do that is through the voices and support of fellow Canadians.”

Elephanatics currently has a petition available at elephanatics.org urging the government to ban the trade in elephant ivory in order to help change the fate of thousands of elephants each year. Tessa Vanderkop, advocacy director for Elephanatics says, “The United Kingdom was one of the biggest hubs for ivory sales and has enforced some of the toughest legislation to ban ivory. It’s time for Canada to step up to the plate and do the right thing.”

On March 14, Elephanatics sent a letter to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, asking the federal government to close the domestic trade of elephant ivory in

Canada. The letter was backed by 95 national and international signatories including International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Big Life Foundation, Wildlife Direct and Dr. Richard Leakey.

Although elephants do not live in Canada’s backyard, Canadian people can prevent the looming extinction of these iconic creatures by signing the petition. Over 192,000 people have already signed to end this cruel trade. Elephanatics is determined to reach 200,000 signatures by World Elephant Day on August 12. They hope to attract the eyes and hearts of the federal government to create an elephant ivory-free Canada. To help them reach their goal, the public can sign and share the petition.


Elephanatics is a Vancouver-based elephant advocacy organization that promotes the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants through conservation, education and action.

Media Contact

Tessa Vanderkop – Director of Advocacy 604-789-8886 elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Elephants Like Too Party Too! Pub Night



We are Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver. Our mission is to raise awareness of the poaching crisis in Africa and the unethical tourism trade in Asia.

We strive to educate people through various mediums of outreach. The last four years we hosted the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. This year we are hosting a burger and beer fundraiser at Library Square Public House. It’s a fun night where you can eat, drink, socialize and help save elephants!

Your ticket will include a burger, a beer and a donation. 100% of the net money raised will be sent to the Mara Elephant Project in Kenya. The project uses anti-poaching rangers, the collaring and monitoring of elephants, and the separation of farmers and elephants to save and protect African elephants from extinction. There will also be a fabulous silent auction for you to bid on and some light entertainment.

Please invite your friends, family and anyone who loves elephants to help support a good cause and have a good time doing so! You will help stop the death of up to 20,000 elephants every year in Africa.

Thank you for checking us out. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Go to this link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/elephants-like-to-party-too-pub-night-tickets-48150451296#

– Elephanatics