How to help?

Donation:
Account number: 4200409386/0100
IBAN: CZ28 0100 0000 0042 0040 9386

Account currency: CZK

May you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please do not hesitate and contact me on my e-mail address: arthur.f.sniegon@gmail.com

I obtained the majority of funds for the project Save-elephants thanks to my family. Hereby I would like to thank especially my lovely parents and grandparents for their enormous support.

Partners of the project Save-elephants:

Mikov – donation of one hundred traditional czech knifes, so-called “Rybička” (Little Fish) with the logo of my project for propagation purposes in Africa

GoPro – donation of the outdoor videocamera for a lowered price

Goal Zero – donation of the solar charging panel and accessories for a lowered price

Cyklo Adam, Prague – preparation and equipment of my bicycle for the African expedition

Arena wspinaczkowa Makak, Warszawa – donation of the tent and shoes for a lowered price

 

I thank a lot all sponsors. I really appreciate their involvement!

TEN MAIN AIMS!

Ivory seeking dogs
In Central Africa there are a few main routes which are used to transport ivory to the ports. Dogs can be trained to search for ivory and unlike people can not be bribed. It would be possible to detect the majority of smuggled ivory and arrest the offenders by creating several mobile patrols that would be able to constantly move along specific part of the routes. Most of the vehicles could be checked due to the relatively weak traffic. Other dogs could maintain surveillance at ports such as Douala and Libreville and also at internationals airports. For example we can ask army of Czech republic or other forces (even from foreign countries) with request to train local handlers and dogs. It is definitely expensive and time-consumingaffair, but the result can be enormous.

Stop the China!
The greatest enemy of elephants is demand in Asian countries, mainly in China. Despite the international prohibition of the ivory trade is the processing and sale in China by their laws allowed. Products can be purchased easily in stores. If the Chinese sellers have stopped making excuses and promoting the tradition of the craft (actually a group of trading people considerably grows richer!) and ivory prohibited in any form, they would have shown great mercy for elephants, because ivory would suddenly became illegal goods and trading with it could be punished. This applies even more important target or transit countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Japan), whose laws are not strict enough. In particular, this target recalls the battle of David and Goliath, but we have to try it. Remember that public opinion has great power and just only small, well-targeted public protest can arouse excitement in media. What about protest in front of Chinese embassy? Show to public pictures of dead elephants and ask chinese representatives, why they involved their country to this crime. Write a letter or send the completed petition to representations of the individual states (chinaembassy@seznam.cz, info@thaiembassy.cz and others) in our country and to Czech representation of these countries (beijing@embassy.mzv.cz, hongkong@embassy.mzv.cz, shanghai@embassy.mzv.cz and others). Ask the diplomats of both parties to deal with this tragic situation.

Collars detecting a shot
A lot of elephant populations are wearing collar locators, thanks to which we can find them whenever we want. Nowadays there are considerations about using a technology, which could give us the possibility of recognising a sound of a shot from a gun, and immediately send a message with exact GPS location to the predetermined place. If rangers on alert know about shooting at the right time, it would be possible to prevent from following massive elephant massacre and attain finding and arresting poachers.

The device detecting the shooting is not used for elephants yet. We need to find a technical solution for now. a small shockproof and waterproof device with a long battery life which is also accurate, reliable and not too expensive. its also very important that the device should be able to recognise the difference between a sound of a shot and sound of a crackling trees and branches which is something elephants do very often, especially during the dry season. But certainly there are methods. Lets ask our scientists at universities where similar tasks are being solved. It might not be that complicated and the only thing we need is one passioned talented student!

Monitoring drones to fight poachers
Drones, UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), designed originally for military purposes start being used also in other domains. Including conservation. The price of the technologies are constantly lower and
lower and it may not be an big issue to learn how to control a drone. In certain areas, particularly in sparsely inhabited regions and vast national parks, the drones could observe the ground and record presence of persons, vehicles or in the night for instance fires. Each suspicious finding would be verified by a patrol on the
ground or a plane could be sent to evaluate the situation. The operation of a drone is not particularly expensive after the initial investment and it can cover extensive areas. It can work in the night and be equipped with diverse technologies.
University professors and students can help inventing such a drone in a reliable and cheap way. Maybe you are the person who can do it or you know someone. Write him! Also my dear friends from Canada, the founders of Cochrane Ecological Institute in Alberta (where I have been volunteering during my gap year) try to develop their own drone. They want to test its ability to distinguish humans and various animal species living on their property. Results will be used for wildlife conservation and we hope they can help also here in Africa with elephant protection. You can support the efforts of these great guys in developing the UAV and push its use in elephant protection further! You can help financially or you can give advice. This is the link to the research and rescue institute: www.ceinst.org or you can directly contact the director, Mrs Clio: cei@nucleus.com or simply write me.

Patrol for Elephants by the Lake Chad
I’ve spent several beautiful days near the elephant herd consisting of almost seventy members by the Lake Chad. One of the big bull elephants is the bearer of the GPS collar and according to my observations, this group of elephants is the last one which is not hiding or afraid of people in the whole Chad, as they didn’t have any experience with poachers yet but it is certain that at the current speed of killing poachers will bring the experience to them soon. lets be quicker and guard the herd every day. We are looking for a generous and rich sponsors, which would be a sponsors for creating a anti-poaching patrols, who would be guarding hart on horsebacks, camels or quad every day.
Also students can help us find valuable information about elephants behaviour and so on. Elephants are not aggressive and due to the easy accessibility of their homeland from the capital of Chad, N’Djamena and other large cities, an eco-turistic project where visitors would spend time with these wonderful elephants during “safari” on feet could be found. there is not such an offer of seeing an elephant from really close distance in the whole region. But the more and more rare possibility is right here! The proceeds from this type of tourism would help cover the costs of operation and equipment for guards and possibly could partially compensate the loss of local villagers when their elephants destroy their little field. this is the way how we could ease the stress among people and elephants and the local people attitude to elephants could be changed and become more positive.
Please help mi find people willing to sponsor this unique “elephant-sitting” project and generously finance it.

The recording and distribution anti-ivory clips with famous Asian celebrities
It is necessary to change public opinion in China and other countries. it is necessary to tell the locals that buying ivory is a crime. In the past several asian stars lead a campaign against killing of wild animals. Lets find and convince other asian famous people to come to Africa and bring back to their country the experience they get with african elephants on short videos or movies. this would let their fellow citizens about the horrors that are happening due to their demand. Well-known Chinese actors, singers and athletes can visit the sites of massacres, elephant orphanage and show the truth. Negative campaigns have helped many times in the past, including ivory. 30 years ago a lot of ivory was delivered to Japan, USA and Europe. to those people were showed the reason why it is wrong and the demand fell rapidly. today due to these campaigns Japan is not so large ivory offender as in the past!
so any don’t we try it with China and elsewhere?
we can try to search for appropriate people and offer them this cooperation. We can provide a team that that will shoot the clip and also compile it. we can find a cameraman and director from our country. We pre-arranged program visit Asian “delegation” in some national parks or other key locations! We can try to push those videos to media in China. Who is against?

Acquisition of small aircraft for the protection of elephants in Central Africa
Some national parks have obviously aircraft, but if they could find another small aircraft kind of a propeller Cessna it could be used to patrol over elephant populations , verify threats detected by elephant collars or drones, transport environmentalists, researchers, equipment and visitors from place to place throughout the central African area or at the most appropriate location.
Purchasing a new or retired aircraft is one thing, subsequent operation and repairing is another. Also reliable experienced and enthusiastic pilot is needed. If you are able to convince someone to donate an aircraft of sponsor the operation or you know a pilot who is able and willing to devote part of his life to adventurous work in Africa, please let us know.
Prohibition of hunting elephants for “sports” (read commercial) purposes.
Despite steeply declining numbers of elephants living in wild nature (more than 30,000 dead elephants annually in recent years) is still in some Southern African countries, but also in Cameroon, possible to obtain legal permission for the hunting safari on elephant. Elephants are hunted in states, where populations of elephants are still big enough (or they think is big enough) and these states are cogently arguing that populations are still big. For example, Cameroon will issue up to 40 permits per year for shooting an elephants – even if they are annualy losing, thanks to poachers, hundreds of their elephants and in many surrounding states elepghants were brought almost to the edge of extinction. The argument that the money earnd from hunting goes back to protect other elephants in the wild, is in corrupted and disorganized Africa completely misleading. To elephant protection goes almost nothing and only a limited group of people are taking money from legal hunting to their pockets. I’m not against animal hunting, but I always try to take into account four criteria:
1) Extinction level of the animal species (elephant level is obvious)
2) Status of the species in the food chain and the presence or absence of other natural enemies. Species on top of the pyramid are not caught by anyone naturally, do not deserve human hunting and are not ready for it (young elephants are occasionally threatened by lions, adult elephant has defacto no enemy, something else is to hunt voles which would be in 95% cought by another predator, or shoot an elephant, which would have without our intervention live many decades more).
3) Intelligence, emotional and social life of the species. The shooting of a single elephant in the herd has negative effect on all the other elephants around. Elephants have feeling like fear or stress and understand what is happening and know that their herd member is dying. They become fearful and aggressive towards people. They have an incredible memory and they can carry this experience for the rest of their life. Kill an elephant is not like to shoot a lone fox, whose death leaves the other foxes in the area (apparently) unnoticed.
4) It is important to put pressure on the governments of the countries to make them ban hunting. if you ever go to this kind of country, try to go to local ministry and tell them about it. write a letter to the representation of the states in Europe. Make a petition or organise a demonstration in front of their office. if there will be a lot of us we might move forward!

Translation and creation of Wikipedia articles (ivory trade)
Spread awareness about the issue can be very effective and cheep via Wikipedia. information there needs to be supplemented so that people interested in it will find true and valid information.In english version there are great articles called “ivory trade” or “elephant cognition”, but they are unavailable in almost any other language. Find some time and try to translate it to your native language. if you speak French, German, Russian do the same. ask your asian friends to spread the article about ivory trade among his or her other friends and translate it to his native language.If you want to include photos of your article tusks of elephants killed and other related issues, please email me. Translate and fill. It costs only a couple of hours of effort!

Transport of anti-poaching bikes to Africa
Leadership of Zakouma National Park, which is a haven of almost half of the surviving Chadian elephants, wants to fight against poachers and protect elephants start using a bicycle. They are cheap and suitable for local terrain , they can not be scared or fetched as
so far used horses. Anti-poaching patrols could be effectively moved from place to place.

Thanks to collaboration with czech NGO project “Bikes for Africa” which aims at support of education in rural areas of The Gambia, there are up to 20 quality bicycles in Czech Republic ready to be transport to Chad. It is a pity to pay for shipping hundreds of dollars, if it can be done with your help and almost free. For flights to Central Africa, namely to Chad or Cameroon, passengers on the plane limit their baggage around every 20 to 30 kg. One of such baggage might be a bile folded into a box. True, it is a larger piece, but several times I l experienced this bike transport to Africa. For those heading to to these places or if you know someone who is flying to Cameroon or Chad, please consider this option. About the transfer and payment of any fees to speak, just write me and email. in case you have an extra bicycle in your garage rangers will be very grateful for this kind off support!

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