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For: Chengeta Wildlife With WILD Foundation
Organizer: Lisa Groeneweg
of $28,064 goal
94% Complete
Raised by 136 donors

The Story

Chengeta Wildlife, led by Rory Young, has successfully implemented its advanced anti-poaching training in many countries. Recent results in Mali, in partnership with WILD Foundation and the Mali Elephant Project, have been so spectacular the success was featured in a New York Times article!

The desert elephants of Mali, one of two remaining desert herds in the world, endure many trials including one of the harshest climates on earth and a 300+ mile circuitous migration route through lawless lands inhabited by poachers, bandits and global terrorist affiliated groups who kill the elephants and sell their tusks on the black market to fund their activities.

In 2015/16 147 elephants were killed. If trends continued, experts predicted the 300 remaining desert elephants would be wiped out within 5 years. 

In 2016 Chengeta Wildlife was brought in to train a newly formed anti-poaching brigade of Malian soldiers and rangers. In February 2017 the brigade began anti-poaching operations with oversight by Chengeta trainers.

It has now been 9 months with ZERO elephants poached!

Chengeta’s anti-poaching trainings are entirely funded by individual donations. Your generosity allows this anti-poaching work to continue in Mali, and in additional countries needing anti-poaching assistance today.

Please share this message! Chengeta and their partners have now proven that this battle can be won, even in Mali, under some of the most desperate conditions on the African continent.

We thank our donors for their past confidence and hope they will continue to trust we will use their funds to extract every bit of good from each penny donated!

The Training:

  • Chengeta surveys the area with local rangers to learn the terrain and threats.
  • Anti-poaching plan is created.
  • Local rangers are given advanced anti-poaching skills and knowledge.
  • Rangers begin live operations with Chengeta guidance.
  • Local populations play a positive role in the solution.

Donations can buy:

  • $25 - 10 field manuals
  • $45 - compass for a ranger
  • $100 - 1 days rations for 10 rangers
  • $500 - training for one ranger
  • $1,500 - a ranger can become a trainer
  • $10,000 - our never-ending love and training for many rangers


Chizamsoka Mandara, Malawi - As Deputy Director of Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife, I have seen the incredible commitment to tackling poaching shown by Young. The time for talking about how to tackle poaching is over; it is time for decisive action. He has the support of myself and my colleagues at DNPW, but even more importantly, Young has the respect and the trust of the rangers he works with. They recognize how much he has to teach them and that he would never counsel doing anything he wouldn't do - or likely hasn't already done - himself.

Adama DAOU, UNOPS - At the United Nations Office for Project Services in Guinea, we are proud to have partnered with Young to implement a pilot program aimed at establishing effective wildlife protection initiatives and Rangers Training. 

I am confident that, in Young, we are working with the very best person to ensure this undertaking is a success. His quiet determination is an inspiration. He has created a confidence in the rangers that they can track, approach and apprehend poachers, knowing they have been trained in the most effective techniques for the job.

Alon Amit, Donor, USA - Most of us shudder at the thought of a world without elephants, one of the most majestic of mammals, a symbol of nature and wilderness, a creature of beauty and elegance and strength. Losing them is unimaginable. They are being hunted for something that has zero human value, not a shred of a moral justification. They are being hunted by militias and armies that are a threat to the very future of mankind. It's a rare case of pure evil. If we lose that war we will have nothing to answer to our children and to ourselves. It's not just a case of preservation of a species, it's a fight for human values and our future.

Christine Leigh Langtree, Donor, Australia - Anyone reading this can contribute to stopping this environmental disaster with barely any effort of their own. There are people in the world who are prepared to do the dangerous physical work for those of us who can't. All they need is just a few bucks from each of the rest of us.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 19, 2017

Posted on November 19, 2017

When our total reached $10,000 a matching funds offer was triggered! Boom!!! Thanks for getting us this far! Please keep sharing the campaign and tell your friends about all that we have accomplished together for wildlife and the brave rangers who protect them with their lives.


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