SOS Elephants

SOS ELEPHANTS is a non-profit foundation, established in July 2011 by Safaripark Pombia (Novara-Italy), to promote the conservation of elephants in Borneo.

Its mission is to highlight the need to undertake immediate conservation actions, practical and flexible to ensure the long-term survival of the elephants of the state of Sabah in Borneo (Malaysia).

Safaripark earmarks a percentage of the entrance fee to the park to financing SOS Elephants for purchase equipment and training.
Every visitor, unconsciously, contributes to the project to enhance conservation of Borneo elephants

Mission of SOS ELEPHANTS Onlus:

PROVIDE technical and financial management support programs and protection of elephants present in their respective protected areas;
assistance in the management of protected areas or strongholds for elephants in their natural habitats; support the initiatives of captive breeding and research programs conducted in the countries of origin of the elephant of Borneo.

HELP AND PARTICIPATE in the formulation and implementation of a Global Plan of reproduction in captivity.

PARTICIPATE AND COOPERATE with international captive breeding programs and existing regional organizations.

Goals of SOS Elephants Foundation
The primary objectives of SOS Elephants Foundation are the following:
For the State, to officially create, empower and mandate the “Bornean Elephant Conservation Alliance" (BECA) for developing a venue for better communication and collaboration between all partners involved in elephant conservation. BECA will be led by the Sabah Wildlife Department and will gather all state agencies and relevant partners to tackle elephant conservation. BECA will be primarily in charge of implementing this SAP. Within BECA, establish a “Sabah Elephant Conservation Unit" in charge of (a) liaising with all partners involved in elephant management in the field; (b) developing and promoting peaceful HEC mitigation techniques; (c) promoting awareness; (d) identifying problem areas; and (e) documenting continuously the elephant situation in Sabah.

Every management plan designed for any natural forest or plantation with elephants should be in line with the recommendations developed in the Action Plan.

Upgrade the status of the Bornean Elephant to Schedule 1 of Totally Protected Species in Sabah.
Secure the long-term viability of the elephant populations in Sabah.

Promote zero poaching/killing through strict law enforcement and synchronized awareness programs.

Declare the four important elephant areas as Managed Elephant Ranges (MREs) – Lower Kinabatangan, North Kinabatangan, Tabin, and Central Sabah – with a commitment to natural forest management and connectivity measures.

Design and implement a proper monitoring system of the four managed elephant ranges.

Creation of corridors (when possible) between the four Managed Elephant Ranges : linking the Lower Kinabatangan Range to the Northern Kinabatangan Range and to the Tabin Range; linking the Northern Kinabatangan Range to the Central Sabah Range. Evaluate the possibility of corridor establishment along the river Tingkayu between Ulu Kalumpang Range and Central Sabah Range.

Encourage research into all aspects of the ecology, behaviour, population dynamics and genetics of the species in Sabah, and create a database that would store all the corresponding data.

Promote the value of the Bornean elephant as an asset for tourism development and ensuring that a percentage of benefits go directly to programs that will aid local community development projects . Develop sound and achievable guidelines for tourism activities to minimize the negative impacts on the elephant movements and behaviour. Improve local and national awareness and perceptions of the need to protect elephants in Sabah.

Unless as part of a government to government initiative and with State Cabinet approval, the exportation and/or relocation of Bornean elephants out of Sabah will not be considered as an option in the ex-situ conservation of this species. Priority will be given to the establishment of a Bornean Elephant Sanctuary (BES) under the guidelines of BECA . This sanctuary will act under the premise of rescuing orphaned, displaced and injured wild elephants with the ultimate goal of translocating suitable animals back to their natural habitat.

Claudio AIMONE - Medico Veterinario