We are an international conservation organisation that protects the great wildlife landscapes that Africa's remaining elephants need to survive and thrive
These landscapes give homes to giants, but they also bring great value to people and nations: biodiversity, livelihoods and enterprise, new medicines, carbon storage, even the very oxygen we breathe. But they are under threat. Criminals kill endangered animals for tusks, horns, scales and skins. Farmers needing more land to feed their families expand into wildlife habitat. When wild animals then damage their crops, they retaliate.
A secure future for elephants and their landscapes forever
Space for Giants grew out of pioneering research in the early 2000s into how to encourage the co-existence of people and wildlife in modernising Africa. Since then, we have spent close to two decades working in these landscapes, studying how people and wild animals live together, and how that relationship is changing.
We understand that to survive, these landscapes and their wildlife must prove that they bring value now and long into the future. Then they become assets people and governments fight to protect. We also understand that time is short. While we work to demonstrate this value, we must also act now to preserve these landscapes so that they don't disappear before it's too late.
WHY WE NEED SPACE FOR GIANTS
There used to be millions of elephants roaming Africa’s huge open spaces. Today, after two drastic surges in poaching, only 415,000 remain. Global efforts against poaching are finally beginning to make a difference on the ground. But elephants face ongoing threats, most dangerously a loss of their habitats as pressures on land increase. That’s why we need to make space for giants. Here’s how we help to do that.
“At the core of our strategy is the belief that the only way to ensure elephants and their landscapes are protected forever is for them to generate value for people, regionally, nationally, and internationally.”
— Dr Max Graham, Space for Giants Founder and CEO