OUR "RAISON D'ETRE"
Beyond the wonderful symbolism of the African elephant, it is the gravity of the disappearance of this creature whose fragile ecosystem demands survival that has convinced the Albanu Foundation to continue its efforts and even extend them.
From an attempt to rescue and accompany the continent’s pachyderms towards a harmonious and sustainable way of life with the species they live alongside, of which man is a part, The Foundation’s mission has evolved into an initiative covering all threatened species on African soil.
Hunted for its defenses, stripped of the wild nature that saw it grow, the elephant sees its flock shrink like skin of sorrow in East Africa. Punctuated by the flourishing conflicts here and there between human tribes, the life of this pachyderm is receding, caught in the trap of the ambitions of poachers greedy of ivory and the needs of peasants defending an agricultural land ever more greedy in territory.
Fortunately, some specimens have found a way to thrive among the steppes of southern Africa in benevolent reserves, a real refuge where the species has been reborn.
Nevertheless, any benevolence comes with a price that it ends up being impossible to ignore and it is a victim of its success that the African elephant attracts once again the lightning of poachers and farmers.
Indeed, the majestic animal roams in increasing numbers out of the harbour given birth by the employees of the reserve to finally have to extend its sanctuary to the fields of the region, making of it the prey of humans little inclined to abandon their livelihood.
Unfortunately, some individuals in the herd flourishing within the reserve do not experience a better fate since the pachyderm is faced with an overpopulation that the healers must control.
The Albanu Foundation was founded in order to contribute to the building of harmony between man and animal. Established in South Africa, our organization is the crystallization of a love full of admiration that comes with a deep respect for this descendant of the mammoth and its fragile ecosystem. The double vow, formulated by its founders and the heirs who are today its active members, is in the image of the fight waged for these creatures: pragmatic and ideological.
Pragmatic first, because it is a question of sensitising local and foreign populations to the problems that the disappearance of the elephant would pose in terms of natural balance, but also to raise the funds necessary to remove the spectre of such a situation.
Ideological then since it is all the poetry of a single species and the symbolism that attaches to it in a multitude of cultures that it is essential to protect.
Due to the reduction of protected land more and more corridors that elephants take to migrate are being closed.
Local population enter usually into conflict with wildlife as a result.
Elephants are being poached for their tusks.
Around 90% of African elephants have been wiped out in the past century - largely due to the ivory trade - leaving an estimated 415,000 wild elephants alive today.
Access to water
Climate change has had huge negative impacte on access to water.
More and more dry weather increase the death of elephants.