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Saving the Elephants: 10K Run/Walk Supports a Great Cause

October 22, 2018

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The Zambezi Valley is an astoundingly beautiful place and one of the last great wildlife refuges in the world. It is also home to the second-largest African elephant population — an estimated 83,000 individuals — but it may not be for long. Since 2001, 40 percent of the Zambezi Valley’s elephants have been lost to illegal poaching. But one organization is working to stop this discouraging trend.

The Zambezi Valley is an astoundingly beautiful place and one of the last great wildlife refuges in the world. It is also home to the second-largest African elephant population — an estimated 83,000 individuals — but it may not be for long. Since 2001, 40 percent of the Zambezi Valley’s elephants have been lost to illegal poaching. But one organization is working to stop this discouraging trend.

The Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe contains a World Heritage site and the longest contiguous wilderness area in Southern Africa. Though the region is home to one of Africa’s remaining elephant strongholds, the Zambezi Valley has lost 40 percent of its elephant population since 2001.  - Chris Fallows
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Since 2015, the Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) has partnered with the Zimbabwe government, NGOs and private organizations to protect the animals and the landscapes of the Zambezi Valley. Founded by John Stevens, a legendary walking-safari guide, and his wife, Nicci, the fund has helped contain the elephant crisis by implementing anti-poaching operations and offering technical support and supplies to an increasing number of ranger patrols.

Now you can join their fight, and possibly win an African safari at the same time. The Saving the Elephants 10K Run/Walk will take place November 17 in New York City’s Central Park. ZEF is the sole beneficiary, with 100 percent of net proceeds going directly toward sustainable community development and the continued support for anti-poaching operations of rangers in the Zambezi Valley.

The Saving the Elephants run is raising funds to increase its support of 80 rangers to 160 rangers across the landscape by providing them with adequate infrastructure, equipment and supplies. Steven Chikosi

Taking place around the Central Park loop, the run/walk promises to be an inspirational experience. Registration to run is just $65 for adults and $25 for kids under 14. Participants can sign up here. To become a fundraiser or to donate to the Zambezi Elephant Fund, go here.

Runners at the starting line of the Saving the Elephants Run/Walk in Central Park - Zambezi Elephant Fund
Runners in costume at the Save the Elephants Run/Walk - Zambezi Elephant Fund

Those who raise over $5,000 will automatically be entered to win a Zimbabwe safari for two, valued at over $8,000.

Register now to help keep hope alive for these majestic animals.

Learn more about the Zambezi Elephant Fund .

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