PROJECT 03: SPACE FOR GIANTS

Space for Giants is an international conservation charity, with more than a decade of experience facilitating the conservation and management of African elephants, and the landscapes they depend on. Headquartered in Laikipia Kenya, the charity focuses on developing and delivering anti-poaching initiatives, securing protected landscapes for elephants, tackling human-wildlife conflict and providing conservation training and education.

Laikipia County is one of East Africa’s most critical areas for wildlife conservation, home to the highest populations of large mammals in Kenya, outside of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Laikipia forms part of the Ewaso Ecosystem which hosts Kenya’s second largest population of elephants.

Despite its ecological diversity and importance, Laikipia County has no formally protected areas and wildlife, including elephants, therefore roam across a landscape mosaic of different land uses. The challenges associated with living alongside wildlife are , most clearly illustrated in with elephants as a wide-ranging, destructive, intelligent and internationally iconic species.

The unique context of Laikipia County has placed it at the cutting edge of conservation research, community conservation and mitigating with human-wildlife elephant conflict.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES FUNDED BY THE LEOPARDESS FOUNDATION

  • Fence Construction

    • The Leopardess Foundation (LF) continues to fund the fence project to mitigate human-elephant conflict and insecurity in Laikipia.​

  • Elephant monitoring

    • Through the help of LF​, Human-Elephant Conflict monitoring scouts continued to systematically collect all crop-raiding incidents along the West Laikipia Fence Line. 

    • LF also collared two elephants, which provides fascinating and valuable data about elephant movement in the area

  • Loisaba & SMART

    • LF funding is used for security projects as well as the SMART program​

    • SMART is standardised monitoring platform across Laikipia. The aim is to get a better idea of where people and animals tend to move.​​

Image shows the ranging behaviour of elephants collared by Leopardess Foundation. Data shows movement from May to August 2020.

Images show the fence that was sponsored by the Leopardess Foundation and an elephant caught on a camera trap.

Images show security patrols and training.

ABOUT US 

We are the Leopardess Foundation. We help and support a variety of projects that we are dedicated to and trust.

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CONTACT 

Email: info@leopardess.org

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