The Rapid Response Facility is an emergency grant fund that raises money for conservation crises. We are raising money to protect Sumatran elephants from the July poaching crisis that is happening RIGHT NOW.

Goal: To safeguard the Sumatran elephant in the Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra and prevent the July poaching crisis. 

There are only 500 elephants remaining in the Leuser Ecosystem with an estimated 40 killed in the last two years alone, this number continues to drop dramatically.

The threat:

The Sumatran elephant is in danger. In just a single generation, almost 70% of elephant habitat in Aceh has been lost and elephant population size has fallen by at least 80%.

Unconstrained poaching of the elephants will result in the extinction of this majestic animal in the Leuser Ecosystem.

In 2013, local conservation group HAkA found and destroyed 127 snares set to kill elephants and other wildlife in the area. In the first four months of 2014, the rate has tripled with teams already finding and destroying 139 snares by the end of April – more than the whole of last year.

Field data shows that in the dry season poaching and snare-setting increases dramatically. This means that poaching looks set to get worse very soon. The critical period for deploying more ranger protection patrols begins on 30 June

You can help

Local Sumatran conservation group HAkA has stepped in to try and protect this charismatic species.  Without their dedication many endangered animals – such as the Sumatran elephant – face extinction. 

HAkA rangers are working with local communities and the local authorities to prevent poaching in the Leuser Ecosystem. But as small conservation groups with limited resources, they face a huge task.

By donating to our emergency appeal, you can help HAkA ranger teams to increase patrolling intensity during the upcoming hunting period in July. These patrols will both deter poachers and remove snares.

Your help is urgently needed to protect the Leuser Ecosystem’s Sumatran elephants in their time of greatest need.

Here are a few examples of how your support can help:

ü  £5 could sponsor a community ranger on patrol for one day


ü  £20 could buy a uniform for a ranger

ü £100 could equip a ranger with jungle boots, raincoat, rucksack and rations needed for a week-long trip to remote parts of the forest to remove snares and elephant traps

ü  £300 could sponsor the rations of a HAkA ranger team on patrol for one month to begin the replanting of one hectare of degraded tropical rainforest and help restore a critical elephant migration corridor

By donating today, you can help save the tropical giants of Sumatra. Thank you for your help.

This appeal is supported by the Rapid Response Facility


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Updates 4

The appeal has now closed. Thanks so much to all of you who donated. Keep in touch with our twitter page to see updates from the field.

17/07/14 02:59

Thank you to all who have donated! Please keep the funds coming in - 17 hours to go!

16/07/14 05:32

Just 23 hours left to donate - please donate today!

16/07/14 12:11

Emergency appeal update: We are delighted to announce that a supporter of the RRF has agreed to match any donations made to this Sumatran elephant emergency appeal, dollar for dollar, up to the value of $50,000. So donate now to double the impact of your contribution!

02/07/14 12:22

Raising money for

Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & Flora International

Charity Registration No. 1011102

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world's first conservation organisation, established in 1903. Our vision is of a sustainable future for the planet, where biodiversity is effectively conserved by the people who live closest to it, supported by the global community.

Donations 68

Thanks guys and good luck

Donation by Lee on 17/07/14


Keep up the good work

Donation by A on 17/07/14


Donation by Jo on 17/07/14


The most essential on the ground, frontline work against illegal poaching of highly threatened species within a very precious ecosystem, wonderful and courageous work guys!

Donation by Phil Patterson on 17/07/14


Donation by Anonymous on 17/07/14


Thanks for your efforts!

Donation by Chris Dudgeon on 16/07/14


Donation by Anonymous on 16/07/14


Donation by Anonymous on 15/07/14


Donation by kim jones on 11/07/14


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 10/07/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by ailing Chang on 10/07/14


Donation by Paul on 10/07/14

Thank you

Donation by Hue Moser on 10/07/14


Donation by Suzanne on 09/07/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Caroolyn on 09/07/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Lou hughes on 09/07/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you for very important your work! keep going!

Donation by Anonymous on 09/07/14

50,00 €

Good work, good cause!

Donation by Natasha, Josh & Livvy on 09/07/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 09/07/14


Donation by Anonymous on 09/07/14


All the best with this important work

Donation by Kim Ribbink on 09/07/14


Best wishes to all the rangers for this important work. Thank you for caring and doing so much to protect the elephants and other endangered species of Leuser Ecosystem.

Donation by Niamh on 08/07/14

50,00 €

Donation by Janie Cartney on 08/07/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Thank you for all you are doing to save these animals.

Donation by Naturecounters on 08/07/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Paul on 08/07/14

50,00 €

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,082.67
  • Offline donations£2,082.67
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£4,165.34
  • Gift Aid£231.25

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