The Elephant Society Gala Dinner 2017

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This year, we will again be bringing Daniel Ole Sambu from Kenya to Hong Kong to visit schools with us and once again we will be holding our annual gala dinner at the Island Shangri La with Daniel as our star guest, giving some important updates as to the current position with the ivory trade and elephant population numbers. The dinner will be held on 9th November and will this year follow a slightly simpler format than last year with an emphasis on elephants and rhinos. We will also be looking at the second most important threat to elephants, that of human wildlife conflict. Over 200 people put their hands up last year at the dinner to adopt orphaned elephants with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and we will be expanding our support for the DSWT this year. The bulk of funds from last year’s dinner went to Big Life Foundation which went towards the operating costs of one of their most valuable ranger teams, the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU). This armed and mobile team is constantly on the move, fully kitted with camping equipment, and enhances wildlife protection in the more remote areas of Big Life’s operation area of over 2 million acres that don't have permanent ranger presence. Additionally, the RDU is an elite team that provides back up for all their other ranger units, responding to major poaching and conflict incidents. As a result, the RDU has significantly helped arrest wildlife criminals, reduce poaching and intervene in human-wildlife conflict retaliation incidents saving both wildlife and people. We will be raising funds 100% in aid of The Elephant Foundation, which will go towards our own operations here in Hong Kong, Big Life Foundation and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their orphan adoption programme.