When we think of the majestic male elephants of Africa we think of the big boys with giant tusks that almost touch the ground and weighing over 100 pounds each. These males are known as Big Tuskers and they have all but disappeared except for a few locations in Africa such as Tsavo National Park, Kenya. To protect these charismatic elephants, IEF supports Tsavo Trust’s Big Tusker Project in Tsavo, Kenya which provides aerial surveillance and protection for the Big Tuskers as well as the few females with similar large tusks we call the Iconic Cows. These females are the mothers, sisters, and daughters of the Big Tuskers and are essential to the species survival. Working with local wildlife authorities, this project serves as the eye-in-the-sky to catch poachers, recover the tusks of those dead of natural causes, monitor individuals and herd movements, and deter wildlife crime. With IEF’s Sponsor-An-Elephant program you can choose one of the elephants under our protection to sponsor.
The Sponsor-An-Elephant program has been championing the Iconic Female Tuskers and we are proud to add the boys, both Big Tuskers and Emerging Tuskers (those younger males whose tusks aren’t quite large enough to be Big Tuskers, yet), into the program! Together they represent a vision of what African elephants were before widespread poaching and what could be possible again if we are victorious against poaching.