Have you ever seen an elephant with tusks that reach all the way down to the ground? These huge elephants, a few of which still exist in remote reaches of Africa, are in peril. They need our help.



Historically, elephants carrying tusks weighing in excess of 100lbs (45kg) per side were known as ‘hundred pounders’ and were much sought after by hunters and poachers alike. Today, at least 12 of these giants remain in Kenya’s greater Tsavo Conservation Area, and it is their protection from ivory poachers (alongside the protection of other impressive bulls that will become Tsavo’s ‘hundred pounders’ of the future), which provide the rationale for the Tsavo Trust’s ‘Large Elephant Monitoring Project’.


At over twice the size of Israel, the greater Tsavo Conservation Area is a vast, wild area of awe-inspiring natural beauty and incredible biodiversity. The area boasts Kenya’s single largest population of elephants – famously red in colour due to Tsavo’s rusty earth tones – numbering 12,000 animals at the last census (February 2011). This might sound a lot – but not when you consider that in the late 1960s there used to be 35,000 elephants in Tsavo. Among the surviving population is arguably the world’s last viable gene pool of elephants carrying exceptionally large ivory.


Over the last 18 months, the poaching of elephants for their ivory has increased alarmingly across the African continent. A recent atrocity accounted for 11 elephants, gunned down in cold blood along Tsavo’s Tiva River in January this year. The incident made headlines and appalled people around the world. One thing is certain: if Tsavo’s ‘hundred pounder’ elephants are not secured today, they and their gene pool will soon be gone forever.


Working in close collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and alongside research and conservation partners including Save The Elephants, the Tsavo Trust monitors the elephant populations of Tsavo, with a specific emphasis on the large ‘tuskers’. Richard Moller, Tsavo Trust’s Chief Conservation Officer, is carrying out this monitoring, with the indispensable help of our light aircraft, 5Y ACE, which has spent a long lifetime flying for conservation over Tsavo and other Kenyan National Parks. In such a huge, remote place as Tsavo, an aircraft is a vital conservation tool, providing an additional ‘eye in the sky’ in conjunction with KWS’s own aircraft.

As well as contributing to scientific data collation, the reports transmitted real-time from the Tsavo Trust aircraft can assist KWS in mounting an appropriate response to any identified threats to Tsavo’s elephants. To that end, the KWS team on the ground has warmly welcomed the Tsavo Trust’s participation in their conservation efforts. Considering the sheer size and geography of the area being surveyed, no single effort can ever be a ‘catch-all’ solution – as was so tragically demonstrated by the recent incident on the Tiva - but the Tsavo Trust aircraft can make a measurable difference to the safety of elephants in Tsavo – and so can you by helping us to do this job.


Protecting Tsavo’s magnificent ‘hundred pounder’ elephants is not just a question of conservation. These giants among giants also represent a significant economic asset to Tsavo and to Kenya. Tourists coming to view Tsavo’s wildlife are staggered when they encounter one of these mighty beasts, and just knowing that they are there draws many people to Tsavo, bringing with them tourism dollars, employment and wider business opportunities. From a biodiversity perspective too, these animals are rare specimens, the pinnacle of their species.


Today, we are witnessing an ‘ivory rush’ fuelling a poaching frenzy, unchecked by weak legislation which provides little deterrent to poachers, while the Far East lusts - seemingly insatiably - for more and more ivory. Tsavo’s last surviving ‘hundred pounders’ and the elephants following in their footsteps are in peril. They need all of our help. Once the ‘big tusker’ gene is gone, it is gone forever.


It costs Tsavo Trust £5,500 / $8,000 each month to keep our aircraft flying over Tsavo, monitoring Tsavo’s last great tuskers and famous red elephant herds. Your donation can help provide extra protection for these awesome giants of the animal kingdom, while safeguarding people’s livelihoods that depend on wildlife tourism.

Any amount, large or small, will do a lot to help - here are a few examples of what your donation can accomplish:

£5,500 / $8,000 keeps our conservation aircraft airborne for one month, including fuel, maintenance and all associated running costs.

£1,840 / $2,940 keeps fuel in our conservtion aircraft for one month.

£625 / $1,000 covers the cost of two essential aircraft safety and maintenance checks, required by law every 50 hours of flying.

£160 / $260 keeps our conservation aircraft in the air for one hour, including fuel, maintenance, and all associated running costs.

£120 / $185 contributes towards the salary of an aircraft attendant, helping to provide employment in an area of high unemployment in Kenya.

£16 / $25 pays for a monthly supply of aero oil, essential for the functioning of the aircraft.

£10 / $16 provides a useful contribution to Tsavo Trust's 'Large Elephant Monitoring Project' when combined with support from our other partners.

Thank you!


Project Leader:

Richard Moller – Tsavo Trust Chief Conservation Officer; bringing eleven years of conservation management experience at Lewa Downs Conservancy followed by two years in Tsavo; full time Tsavo resident.

Supported by:

Hon. Justice Nzioki wa Makau – Chairman of the Tsavo Trust Board; a Judge of the Industrial Court of Kenya, lifelong conservationist and Tsavo enthusiast.

Tanya Saunders – Tsavo Trust CEO; “born and bred” in Tsavo, and bringing with her 14 years conservation education and non-profit management experience (at Tsavo Trust’s partner organisation, AEFF); full time Tsavo resident.


Stuart Herd, a Kenyan entrepreneur who has generously supported Tsavo Trust from its inception, has loaned Tsavo Trust the light aircraft 5Y-ACE, an invaluable contribution without which the project would not be possible.

Thanks also to Ian Craig, Garry Cullen, Marie de Brouwer and Tina Allen for their contribution towards the construction of Tsavo Trust’s ‘Ngiluni Airstrip’, from where 5Y ACE takes to the skies.

Save The Elephants, a highly respected elephant research & conservation organisation, which has been working with elephants in Kenya for twenty years, has come forward with substantial support for Tsavo Trust’s 'Large Elephant Monitoring Project'. They have already funded the initial aircraft service, ensuring the airworthiness of our light aircraft, as well as funding the construction of a hangar to house it and protect it from potential saboteurs and – you guessed it – mischievous elephants! Save The Elephants have pledged further funding throughout the year to help keep the Tsavo Trust’s eye in the sky up there, where it needs to be to help look after Tsavo’s great tuskers.

Tusk Trust in the UK is partnering with Tsavo Trust to provide us with a fundraising platform. That’s why this page which you are on now links to their JustGiving site – but rest assured, thanks to Tusk’s support, your donation will find its way efficiently and expeditiously to us here at work in Tsavo, Kenya.

African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF) and Tsavo Trust are developing a partnership to fulfil a conservation education role alongside the provision of hands-on conservation solutions.

Tsavo Trust’s ‘Large Elephant Monitoring Project’ is conducted in support of and alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service, whose mandate includes the management of Kenya’s National Parks and protection of all the country’s wildlife, no matter where it exists.


Tsavo Trust is a Kenyan non-profit organization, formed by five long-time Tsavo residents - professionals from the conservation, wildlife management and legal fields who share a passion for the region. Recognizing the interdependent relationship between wild animals, people and the environment, the Tsavo Trust’s goal is to support wildlife, habitats and communities in the greater Tsavo Conservation Area.


Due to its vast size and magnificent biodiversity, Tsavo is one of Kenya’s most important ecosystems. Spanning 42,000 square kilometres, the TCA incorporates the country’s largest officially protected areas (the adjoining Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service) as well as surrounding cattle ranches, private and communal lands (many of which host large numbers of wildlife dispersing from the Parks, including elephants).

Your donation here can help protect some of the world’s last remaining great giants of the elephant kingdom still surviving in the greater Tsavo Conservation Area.

Thank you.








Updates 2

Our BIG TUSKER public reports are now available. Please visit our website to view / download JAN and FEB 2016 reports Thank you all for your continuing support!

31/03/16 08:07

The Tsavo Trust would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated and for all your encouraging messages. It is about time we updated you all on what has been happening so far in 2016. Please have a look at our latest aerial reports to get you started. THANKS again!

30/03/16 07:16

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