Our planet’s wildlife is in crisis – numbers have fallen by more than half since 1970, and species are going extinct at an alarming rate. We need to reverse this loss of nature and create a future where wildlife and people thrive again.
Asian elephant numbers in the wild have dropped by at least 50% over the last three generations and are still in decline today, classifying this species as endangered.
There are just 3,700 wild Asian elephants left in Thailand. Deforestation, loss of habitat, poaching, illegal wildlife trade, infrastructure development, and farmland expansion have threatened elephant populations across the country.
Jebsen & Jessen Group has partnered with WWF-Singapore to conserve this species through their Meet A Green Need Program which aims to improve elephant protection and management, mitigate human-elephant conflict and reduce poaching and illegal activity.
In 1997, two elephants died tragically in the Kuiburi district of Thailand. One elephant was poisoned and the other was shot and burnt. This tragedy was the result of escalating tensions between elephants and villagers. Much of the elephants’ former habitat had been taken over for fruit plantations, and villages had sprung up where the elephants once roamed. The elephants, looking for new sources of food, would often raid the farmers’ plantations. Countless conflicts arose between the elephants and the villagers looking to protect their property and homes. Too often, these conflicts end in tragedy, like the death of these two elephants.
In 1999, Kuiburi National Park was established created in collaboration with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP); WWF-Thailand; local communities; and a group of local authorities. Today, more than 250 wild elephants reside within the park.
Jebsen & Jessen’s Meet a Green Need Program, allows participants to have a unique hands on experience in protecting this endangered species within the Kuiburi National Park. The activities in which these participants will be involved with includes:
Improving Wildlife Habitat through Grassland Creation & Maintenance and Invasive Weed Eradication
Maintenance of Mineral Licks and Watering Holes
Installation of Camera Traps
Bird sightseeing and trails to learn more about the local biodiversity
Community Outreach, Conservation Awareness and Education for people within the local communities
Observing practices on how to mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict
"We are involved in environmental and community projects because we feel that this is how a business should operate, connected to and sharing experiences with the people in the communities around it."
Heinrich Jessen, Chairman, Jebsen & Jessen Group.
You can view pictures from the trip here.
If you're interested in exploring a similar partnership with WWF, contact:
Mayj C. Tolentino
Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships