The number of elephants in Africa has fallen dramatically in the last few decades, from an estimated 1.3 million to some 400,000 today, with as many as 35,000 elephant slaughtered per year in the last decade.
Nearly 30 tons of illegal ivory were seized around the world in 2013, providing grim proof of a continent-wide slaughter of epic proportions that threatens the existence of Savannah Elephants. The numbers are even worse for Forest Elephants. Experts estimate 70% of the total population of this sub species has been killed in the past ten years. The effects are nothing short of devastating for elephant populations, and pose a serious threat to the safety and security of all nations.
Criminal gangs and terrorist organisations – from Al Shabaab to Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and Sudan’s Janjaweed militia – are hunting down elephants and selling their tusks to fund weapons and inflict violence upon anyone who stands in their way.
Ivory has come to be seen as the new Blood Diamond – a cash commodity with murderous consequences, capable of undermining democracy and national security by causing corruption and instability in range states throughout Africa. This tragic trend shows no sign of abating, the entire International community has to work together to fight this crisis.
Please help AWT stop the slaughter.
AWT founder Pratik Patel travels to London
Our founder and CEO Pratik Patel is in London at the intercountry conference on Wildlife Trafficking with the president of Tanzania and the Minister of Natural Resources and tourism. In the photo is Pratik on the right, Hon. Minister Lazaro Nyalandu in the middle, along… Continue reading
Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching
gives check to AWT founder Pratik Patel
Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching was set up to raise awareness and funds to help AWT fight poaching.
Recently three of the AAAP members presented a check to Pratik Patel for $2170 which they raised by creating drawings, sketches… Continue reading
AWT Founder Pratik Patel in Dar es Salaam
with Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu
the new Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism
Recently the CEO and Founder of AWT, Pratik Patel, participated in a round table discussion in Dar es Salaam hosted by the new Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu… Continue reading
The Honorable Lazaro Nyalandu has been appointed at the new Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism after serving as Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism for three years, continuing his remarkable fight against poaching and deforestation.
Nyalandu is extensively experienced and suited to this position, having served as a Member of Parliament for the Singida North constituency… Continue reading
1. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is keen on ensuring that all game wardens who are working in National Parks, Game Reserves, Anti Poaching Units and District Councils are performing their duties according to the code of conducts.
2. Despite the fact that, last week the Ministry suspended 22 game wardens and senior officers who were involved directly or indirectly into corruptions and assisting poaching within and… Continue reading