Elephant Crisis

Stop the Slaughter.

About the Project

Elephants are one of Virunga’s most sentient and gentle residents. Like elsewhere in Africa, the illegal ivory trade is decimating their numbers. Virunga’s rangers are deeply saddened each time one of these magnificent creatures gets cut down by poachers. They now appeal to Virunga’s global community for help. According to Central Sector Warden, Rodrigue Mugaruka — the only hope to save Virunga’s elephants is to increase the number of highly trained rangers in the park and provide them with the tools they need. Virunga’s rangers are willing to risk their lives in this face-off with poachers, but they need your support.

Are you willing to help Virunga’s rangers protect the elephants?

Elephant Protection Unit Cost per Ranger: $32/day

It is difficult to place a value on the life of an elephant, but one thing is clear, it is orders of magnitude greater than the cost to protect them. Here are the basic costs factored into that $16 per day:

  • Uniform and equipment
  • Tactical ranger training
  • Emergency first-aid training
  • Individual first-aid trauma kit
  • Rations
  • Deployment costs (vehicles, fuel, and maintenance)
  • Health care


The significance of making a donation

To an elephant about to be cut down by poachers, your support of Virunga’s rangers couldn’t be more important. Protection goes far beyond the life of one elephant – it impacts the physical and emotional wellbeing of the entire herd. Recent studies have shown elephants to be vulnerable to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Like humans in highly stressful situations, elephants act out and become aggressive. This aggression makes an already tragic situation worse — it affects the herd, the rangers, and the local communities.

Please donate today.

Your donations make a difference. Give what you can.

Take on a greater role in protecting Virunga’s elephants.

There are many ways to help, but the first step is tapping into your passion and believing, that if you set your mind to it, you will be unstoppable. If you have ideas about how to get your community of friends and family involved in protecting Virunga’s elephants, we want to help. Get in touch with us at info@virunga.org

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