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 herd shrinking like a horse in East Africa. Punctuated by the flourishing conflicts here and there between human tribes, the life of this pachyderm is dwindling there, trapped in the ambitions of ivory-hungry poachers and the needs of peasants defending an agricultural land increasingly greedy in territory.
Fortunately, some specimens have found a way to thrive in the middle of the steppes of southern Africa within benevolent reserves, a true refuge where the species was 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 once again attracts the wrath of poachers and farmers.
Indeed, the majestic animal wanders in increasing numbers out of the harbor brought into the world by the employees of the reserves, only to have to extend its sanctuary to the fields of the region, making it the prey of humans not inclined to give up their livelihood. Unfortunately, some individuals of the herd flourishing within the reserves do not know a better fate since the pachyderm encounters an overpopulation that the healers must control.
The Albanu Foundation was created to contribute to the building of harmony between man and animal. Based in South Africa, our organization is the crystallization of a love full of admiration that accompanies a deep respect for this mammoth descendant and his fragile ecosystem. The double vow, formulated by its founders and heirs that are today its active members, is the image of the struggle conducted for these creatures: pragmatic and ideological.
Pragmatic, first because it is a question of raising awareness among local and foreign populations of the problems that the disappearance of the elephant would pose in terms of natural balance, but also of raising the necessary funds to remove the specter of such a situation.
Ideological then since it is all the poetry of a single species and the symbolism attached 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.