Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.
— John Donne, English poet

Through new and innovative ideas and research, The Elephant Project will develop solutions to address the short and long term needs of this iconic keystone species. We will conduct non-invasive research to find new solutions to end poaching, illegal trafficking, and to address the long term environmental needs for elephants. We will build sustainable communities that will protect elephants from poaching, trafficking, and human-elephant conflicts. We will bring elephants who are being treated inhumanely back to their native habitat as well as provide a sanctuary for those elephants who need a new home because of political, environmental, and fiscal reasons. We will help countries that are home to these efforts achieve economic vitality through the protection of elephants. We will demonstrate that conservation efforts built on a humane economy can benefit not only the elephants but the country, and its citizens. 

New ideas. New solutions. A New Future.


The Sanctuary

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Sample development

The Elephant Project will establish a sanctuary that will be home to indigenous elephants in the host country as well as those elephants we relocate to the sanctuary that are in captivity around the world and those that are in need of relocation for political, environmental and fiscal reasons.

The sanctuary, which will be established in conjunction with existing conservation efforts or in an area of the country where these efforts aren’t currently underway, will be designed in a manner consistent with the culture of the host country and in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. World renowned environmental planners Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company will be leading the overall planning efforts. The sanctuary will be the world’s first sustainable development that integrates the technology that runs the development’s infrastructure with the daily needs of the sanctuary's permanent inhabitants while concurrently protecting elephants from poachers and traffickers. Communities that are strategically located around their habitats are the first line of defense to protecting them.

The sanctuary will:

  • be established in a country that will benefit from economic development, has a stable and democratic government, and is committed to the conservation and protection of elephants.

  • bring economic benefits to the host country by embracing the principles of a humane economy - badly needed jobs, skills training, long term revenue and economic stability.

  • be designed using new technologies that will showcase methods that can be used to address the impact of climate change by providing water and food on a sustainable basis to the animals within the sanctuary.

  •  be designed to ensure the boundaries of the sanctuary are protected via a state of the art notification system that is integrated into buildings along the perimeter. These will serve as sentry posts and be outfitted with cutting edge security and monitoring devices.

  • be home to individuals who want to support the mission of The Elephant Project through the investment in residences near an internationally acclaimed elephant sanctuary.All the revenue received from this investment will help offset the cost of creating and operating the sanctuary, research efforts, training programs, and help bring economic vitality to the host country. 

  • be home to a hotel and conference facilities supported by eco-tourists and researchers who want to visit an internationally acclaimed elephant sanctuary which will help raise awareness of our efforts, elephants and the struggles they face.

  • be home to offices and facilities provided free of charge by The Elephant Project for scholars, researchers, NGO's and activists wanting to collaborate on issues related to the long term conservation and protection of elephants and other endangered species.


research

The Elephant Project will establish non-invasive research facilities within the sanctuary that will develop cutting edge technologies that provide solutions to end poaching and human-elephant conflicts, and address the impact climate change has on their ability for long term survival.


COLLABORATION

The Elephant Project will provide free office space and housing within the sanctuary to the various NGO’s and their staff who are dedicated to the protection of elephants and their environment. 


ECONOMIC GROWTH

The Elephant Project will help promote a humane economy within the host country through the investment of substantial resources in the sanctuary, the communities surrounding the sanctuary, the building of research facilities, and the building of facilities to support those wishing to visit, work, and live in and near the sanctuary. Additionally, the development will generate revenue for the host country from the individuals who are part of this effort. Through this effort, the host country will see tremendous economic gains - increase in jobs, higher wages, skills training, better educational opportunities, and the funding of important infrastructure projects.


Education/Training

The Elephant Project, through our educational arm The Elephant Times, will educate people on our efforts and of the support of the host country through conferences, documentaries and television specials that will be aired globally. We will also train individuals on how to implement the results of our research efforts.


RETAIL OPERATIONS

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The Elephant Project will develop extensive retail operations which will sell products made in countries dedicated to elephant protection, which will support the growth of a humane economy within those countries.

Through our retail arm, The Elephant Store, we will sell goods through created by local artisans and established local industries. We will work to expand existing industries within host countries and help create new ones, encourage entrepreneurship, and promote new products and services that will help sustain a humane economy.

The Elephant Store will give 100% of the profits generated by our retail operations back to programs in the host country to support the establishment and retention of a humane economy within that country.  This is in contrast to retail companies that sell elephant-themed merchandise and give an average of 10% of their profits to elephant protection efforts.