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 Stephanie Vergniault, SOS Elephants - Chad
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Posted: Sep 19 2011, 04:22 AM


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Stephanie Vergniault is the Founder and Executive Director of SOS Elephants. Stephanie now lives in Chad [north-central Africa] and is working closely with local communities teaching elephant conservation tactics. Stephanie has been educating local farmers on how to protect their crops from elephants. She has also been working tirelessly in the field with anti-poaching task forces trying to get an idea of how desperate the situation is. One of the newest projects Stephanie has undertaken is building an elephant orphanage for the baby elephants who are orphaned after their mothers are poached for their ivory.

Stephanie’s and SOS Elephants’ long term goal is to conserve the elephants of Chad by working with local farmers, local communities and anti poaching task forces in hopes that the species can be saved for future generations to come.


http://www.soselephants.org/stephanie.html


SOS Elephants of Chad has its own Facebook page where you can keep abreast of elephant news from Chad.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/soselephants/


In 2010 SOS Elephants of Chad rescued a female elephant calf - SAVI.
The story of SAVI’s rescue can be found on her topic on the “Rescue, Retirement, Relocation” forum:
http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...p?showtopic=331

This rescue led Stephanie to found an elephant orphanage and she obtained assistance from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. One of the Nairobi keepers, Josephat, moved to Chad to help with SAVI and he is still in Chad.
The sad news of SAVI’s death can be read on the “Elephant Deaths” forum:
http://s13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...p?showtopic=370


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Posted: Sep 19 2011, 04:42 AM


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From Stephanie Vergniault, SOS Elephants of Chad Facebook, Saturday:

We are in alert - breaking new. Few hours ago, a female elephant with her baby elephant near Baibokum in the Logone Oriental charged several peasants and a child and killed them. The local representative of the Director of Wildlife is currently trying to request his hierarchy an authorisation to kill the elephant. Under shock, I just talked to the military Colonel in charge of the unit protecting the elephants and he is monitoring the situation with us: NO ELEPHANT WILL BE ALLLOWED TO BE KILLED IN CHAD FOR ANY REASON (furthermore, a female elephant with a baby !!!). This is a very sad story indeed, and I am sorry for the population but now it is time for the Chadian State to listen to us and help us to leave free the elephant corridor. It belongs to the elephants since hundreds of years! No peasant should be having his crops into it! There is an emergency to create a protected area in the Logone Oriental!

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Posted: May 15 2012, 02:43 PM


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Stephanie Vergniault's book (in French only at the moment) goes on sale tomorrow.

"It describes our daily life to save the elephants of Chad."

The Last of the Elephants

http://www.amazon.fr/Le-dernier-%C3%A9l%C3...t/dp/2081266628


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Posted: Jun 14 2012, 10:20 AM


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Encouraging news from Stephanie.

Just arrived in Congo since two days and dealing with the twin sister of SOS Elephants of Chad called SOS Elephants of Congo.
Many meetings on going and I got now the guarantee that in the very near future, the President of Congo Brazzaville will be pushing all the others countries of the central Africa area to protect the elephants.
He is currently on his way to Rio as the Embassador for the African continent of Rio + 20.
It is high time that an Embassador among those head of States raise the issue of the elephants in Central Africa because the sub area has been suffering so much of elephants poaching the last past years that some populations of elephants are almost extincted.
We need a leadership to encourage the others African countries.
Here in Congo there is still 11 000 elephants of forest and the largest groups of Gorillas is the whole Africa and the biggest fore[s]ts .
All african countries in one hand to fight against the poaching!


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Posted: Jul 14 2012, 02:35 AM


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From Stephanie this morning, + photo.

Raining season in Chad.
Elephants are hidden to the forest nearby and we are making a census of the kids of the area who need us to cover their school fees.
Last year, we covered the school fees of 160 children and purchased their books and notebooks and pens and all of them went to school during the whole year.
We will renew it this year 2012 -2013.
We are looking for a school bus to pick up more kids around the area.
Our target is to enroll all of them into the programs of saving the elephants!
Those we have some links of nice educational books about elephants and wildlife, we will be very happy to get them!
Have a nice weekend!Stephanie


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Posted: Mar 15 2013, 08:28 AM


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Update posted on SOS Elephants of Chad:

Next week an emergency meeting will take place in Cameroon organized by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS-CEEAC) about anti-poaching measures to protect the elephants of the sub region . The Governments of the area are slowly moving ahead to insure that the poachers will be neutralized for good . I will personally attend to this meeting with the Secretary general of SOS Elephants of Chad and also with the Secretary General of SOS Elephants of Congo ! Then continue a trip to Chad (of course ) , to the North Cameroon and Congo where we should meet the Authority !
Recently I have just been contacted by an American movie company which is currently very interested by producing a movie which will be an adaptation of the book I released I May called ' the last of the elephants " ..so will let you know soon ...
So with a lot of humility , I believe this movie can create awareness to save the elephants of Africa !I will dedicace that succes to Idriss Deby who has always been on my side to save the elephants, and i thank him for that and for being always there !
One day he told me that I am Chadian and he is right ! I am part of Chad , Chad is part of me due to the energy I am giving to the country !


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Update from Stephanie yesterday:

Just back from a 3 days meeting in Yaoundé Cameroon to discuss among elephants experts and Governments of the Republic of Central Africa, Chad , and Cameroon under the supervision of the CEEAC ( The Economic Community of Central African States )about en emergency operational plan (including military one) to neutralize the groups of the Sudanese poachers for good .
The extreme emergency plan is starting now and we are expecting the poachers to be neutralized within 45 days .
I attended to the meeting as Chairman of SOS Elephants of Chad accompanied with my Secretary General of SOS Elephants of Chad and the Secretary General of SOS Elephants of Congo and we witnessed about the situation of the elephants in the field in Chad .
SOS Elephants has promised to support the anti-poaching plan by giving to the anti-poaching task force as much as possible information’s collected in the field with its network working with the local communities.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheElephant...s/soselephants/


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From SOS Elephants of Chad Facebook 4 hours ago:

A good new, this early morning I was informed by the authorities of Chad that more troops just reached SOS Elephant area to protect the elephants against the poachers .They will stay with us the whole raining season .This makes my day , last year we lost more than 70 elephants in this area .I was devastated. This year ,I want to keep smiling . Thank you to the Government of Chad! Sometimes I’m in a bad mood and even very tuff and very demanding for the elephants , but there is a reason , I want everyone in Chad to move to protect the elephants .It has to be a State priority in order to leave this patrimony to the next generation against a syndicate dealing with Ivory and threatening the specie in the whole central Africa !So thank you to the authorities and apologizes for a certain temper! There is no time to lose , it is now we should save them!

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From SOS Elephants of Chad Facebook yesterday evening:

I just finished a over busy visit to Togo where my NGO has filed a complaint to the court to the prosecutor on behalf of SOS ELEPHANTS against the ivory traffickers who were caught trying to leave the territory of TOGO with several tons of Ivory hidden in wood containers to the port of LOME the 23 of January . I am very proud of the work of my NGO and thanks to this I will have access to the file and I will be able to interview the ivory traffickers personally and request to the court high damages, while the ivory is very likely from Central Africa area where we are very proactive to save the elephants and where there is still a lot of elephants slaughtered in Republic of Central Africa due to the war . .
Then the last past days, I went to a visit in Northern TOGO where semi wild young elephants are being rehabilitated to the wildlife .
Like all elephants infants and teenagers , they are very turbulent and play a lot .
Two females of 11 years are expected soon to be pregnant and then the small herd with calves will leave to the bush and obviously the mother nature will take back its right .
TOGO has crossed a political instability in the 90s and it is at this point that wildlife has been decimated including éléphants (Ivory traffick and bushmeat traffick or consummation during the past events).
I strongly believe that the wildlife and endangered species need strong protection during political crisis and I hope that the UN appropriates this recommendation and can send green helmets ( UN troops) when wildlife is threatened in an armed conflict !
Congratulaton to TOGO government for all its efforts! withing few hours I am back to Chad where the President Idriss Deby Itno will burn the Ivory stockpile the 21 of February !I will say thank you to him personally on behalf of our group SOS ELEPHANTS and on behalf of the elephants of Africa! good willing leaders will save the elephants of Africa !

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Posted: Mar 4 2014, 08:31 AM


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A lovely time with our team monitoring the elephants of our area around the river Chari .The elephants are going back and forth between the river and we are doing the same embarking the motorbikes into the local wood boats to go along the river ..The elephants are fine , safe and we are still trying to get from the Government the registration of the area in both side of the river into a protected area to get more support to monitor them and to develop more programs with the local community based on the elephants conservation !We are estimating 1000 éléphants around here , the biggest populations of éléphants of CHAD !One of the most amazing area of the country but still very poor !It is challlenging for us , how to embark the local comunity into the monitoring of the éléphants to protect them !

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