WHAT WE DO
At the Elephant Watch Portfolio, we try to use eco-tourism to lift up local populations by improving livelihoods and reinforcing the conservation ethic of traditional cultures to protect and preserve wild areas and animals. We have a deeply green eco-philosophy that informs our work, striving at every turn to minimize our footprint and do no harm. We believe that development is welcome, but not at the automatic expense of the ancient ways of the nomadic people whose understanding of the wild environment is second to none. The continued well-being of our planet, its mountains, streams, savannahs, swamps, forests, deserts and seas are part of our responsibility as decent beings to protect for the benefit of our children and children’s children and all other creatures on it, who we believe have an intrinsic right to exist with or without man. We aim to bring visitors to these wild places to encourage connections between cultures from all corners of the planet, to reconnect people to the natural world, and to fan the flames of compassion.
Responsible tourism is a fashionable phrase, but we have been pioneering it as a business model for over two decades now. Key aspects are providing local employment, education, encouraging waste-free living, and approaching animals and the environment with compassion and respect.
We work closely with Save the Elephants (STE), a leading conservation charity based in Samburu, to protect elephants and fight against poachers. STE’s Elephant Crisis Fund gets 100% of donations to the worst hit areas across Africa to stop the killing, stop the trafficking of ivory and end demand.
Thanks to the Elephant Watch Scholarship Fund, close to 100 bright but impoverished children from the Samburu area have gone on to secondary or tertiary education. We believe passionately that education is the first step on the ladder to climb out of poverty.
Forty years ago, Oria’s father donated farmland and buildings to open a medical centre near Olerai in Naivasha. Today, the clinic is thriving and treats more than 2,000 people a week, with about 8,000 women in total enrolled in the family planning and child spacing programme.
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Your support is vital in helping us to carry on all activities related to the four areas highlighted above that form the core and are the ethos of our portfolio. Get in touch with us through our form below to help us further our work, even if it’s from afar.