through collaboration

The Animal Ball 2016 was hosted by Elephant Family and also benefitted three more of the most pioneering conservation organisations; The Aspinall Foundation, Space for Giants and Lion Guardians. Thank you to everyone who formed part of The Animal Ball and helped bolster the conservation sector through creative and collaborative fundraising.

Elephant Family

The greatest wildlife story of our time is taking place right now and Elephant Family is playing a vital part in changing its ending. As Asia’s jungles are chopped down, all animals living within them are being wiped out.

Elephant Family is protecting the biggest and most intelligent animal of all – the Asian elephant – whose numbers have dropped by 90% in the last 100 years. We exist out of urgent necessity due to a serious lack of investment and attention on this humanitarian and conservation issue and fund projects across Asia to stop this conflict happening. . Our vision is to create a future in which elephants and other species that share their habitats live in harmony with people.

To date, we have funded over 150 field projects and are currently active in six of the 13 elephant range states:  India, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia. The projects we fund are working and have already reduced the conflict by as much as 90% in the areas we have so far reached.

The Aspinall Foundation

The Aspinall Foundation is an internationally renowned conservation charity who are world leaders in the breeding, protection and reintroduction of endangered animals. They work alongside Howletts & Port Lympne wild animal parks in Kent to support their conservation projects overseas that span 4 continents and protect over 1 million acres of vital rainforest.

John Aspinall started his famous animal collection in 1957 when he bought Howletts Wild Animal Park. In 1973 he bought Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to help house the growing groups of animals. Today the two wild animal parks are home to over 1000 animals and 100 different species. The Aspinall Foundation, is the registered charity set up to work with the wild animal parks in Kent who are responsible for the reintroduction and ongoing management in the wild of animals that have been born in Kent. To date The Aspinall Foundation have reintroduced western lowland gorilla, black rhino and przewalski horses born in Kent back into the wild. The Aspinall Foundation is now run by John Aspinall’s son, Damian.

Lion Guardians

Lion Guardians is a conservation organization dedicated to finding and enacting long-term solutions for people and lions to coexist across Kenya and Tanzania. Our approach involves recruiting young, non-literate Maasai and other pastoralist warriors to learn the skills needed to effectively mitigate conflicts between people and wildlife, monitor lion populations, and help their own communities live with lions. By actively engaging in our solutions-based conservation model, people who were once lion killers are transformed into lion protectors.

Space for Giants

Space for Giants is an international conservation charity, with more than a decade of experience facilitating the conservation and management of African elephants, and the landscapes they depend on. Headquartered in Kenya, the charity focuses on developing and implementing anti-poaching initiatives, securing protected landscapes for elephants, tackling human-wildlife conflict and providing conservation training and education. Space for Giants is also the implementation charity for the Giants Club, which aims to effectively protect half of Africa’s elephants by 2020.

Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants: “It is our mission to secure a future for elephants and the natural landscapes they depend on, forever.”

“Elephant Family’s fabulous Animal Ball will put Truman Capote’s fabled only black and white one in the shade. And you won’t have to come as a panda or zebra”– Nicky Haslam