Aerial Defense

In 2009, a spike in ivory trade sparked a crisis in Africa. At least 200,000 elephants have been killed in the last 6 years for their tusks. Save the Elephants (STE) is combatting this crisis through a data-driven strategy to stop the poaching, stop the trafficking and end the demand for ivory. 

An airborne presence from STE's research and conservation base in northern Kenya is essential for their work alongside the Elephant Crisis Fund, which aligns a coalition of conservation organizations, scientists, and governments across Africa.

STE is seeking funds to purchase a second aircraft to support their core operations in East Africa. Taking to the skies is a critical capability, enabling rapid response to poaching events, effective aerial patrolling, tracking and monitoring of elephant populations. 

STE’s Cessna 185 aircraft performing an aerial survey

Staying airborne is critical for reaching injured elephants quickly, monitoring their movements, and deploying wildlife protection forces

An engineer performs maintenance on the Cessna 185 engine

STE urgently needs a second plane to double operational capacity and maintain their presence across eastern Africa through airborne missions.

"Taking to the skies is a critical capability, enabling rapid response to poaching events..."

A Conservation Workhorse

TE requires the funds for a Cessna 206 to expand their operational capabilities across Kenya and East Africa. Their current Cessna 185 is a smaller bush aircraft with limited range and carrying capacity.

Big
Capable of carrying five rangers along with the pilot. Cabin space reduces fatigue (and thus uncertainty) during extended survey and patrol operations.

Strong 
Able to operate from remote, rough airstrips and lift 1500lbs of equipment. Bulky loads can be loaded through special cargo doors. 

Flexible
Nimble enough to conduct ground-air operations essential for elephant tracking and protection work. Forgiving nose wheel configuration allows more pilots to fly it in emergency response situations.

Urgent
Currently a suitable Cessna 206 is not available Kenya, so STE will purchase it in North America. Four months of lead-time is necessary to ship to Kenya, and funds are needed urgently to start the buying process.

Good Value
The best Cessna 206 for STE's purposes is not a brand new aircraft but a mid-1970s model, able to carry 300lbs more load, and costing a quarter of the price.

 

Donate with Confidence
Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% will go toward purchasing the Cessna 206, bush modifications and transport across the Atlantic. Any additional funds will support the Elephant Crisis Fund.


As of December 22, 2016 the Flying Elephant Project has raised:

$227,680.68

Donate with confidence - 100% of donations designated to The Flying Elephant will fund the plane, bush modifications and transport across the Atlantic. Any additional funds will go directly to field projects supported by the Elephant Crisis Fund to stop the poaching, stop the trafficking and end the demand for ivory. 


FAQ

How can I donate by check?
Please mail checks payable to Wildlife Conservation Network, 209 Mississippi Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 with a note indicating you would like your donation to go to The Flying Elephant Project. Please include your address for the mailing of tax information. Tax Exempt ID #30-0108469

How can I learn more about how to donate?
For information on donating stock and other ways to give contact info@wildnet.org

December 4

Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers Pre-Game Touchdown City

We will hold coveted booth space at the public pre-game space in the Events Center. Here we will focus on a raffle for a Seahawk-signed football.

We will also have promotional items available for sale!

November 17th & 18th

Evergreen Hospital Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair (Totem Lake)

We will hold booth space at one of the largest hospitals on the eastside, selling lanyards, koozies, jewelry, soaps, candles etc. to raise money for the plane. We expect to get exposure to hundreds of hospital staff, patients and visitors over the two day sale.