Sumatran Elephant Conservation Initiative e.V. 
Initiative zum Schutz und Erhalt des Sumatra-Elefanten

The Sumatran Elephant Conservation Initiative e.V. is a German based non-profit organization that supports the conservation of Sumatran elephants since 2010.

Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered subspecies of the Asian elephant, which occurs exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. There are only around 1000 animals left in the wild, and the trend is decreasing. Better protection is urgently needed.

To turn the fate of the Sumatran elephant around, it is crucial to have the right people in the right places. Consequently, and as part of our long term strategy, we are supporting young Indonesian conservationists during their first steps through the SECI Small Grants program in cooperation with the UGM Wildlife Conservation Centre. Short term needs of local projects are (depending on the availability of additional funds) supported through our Emergency Fund.

Please find more information about our projects below.

Young Indonesian conservationists stand in front of the forest faculty of Gadjah Mada University

Small Grants - Big Change

We support young elephant conservationists in their first important steps. Because it doesn't work without committed people on site. Small money - big impact. Take part! 

Poisoned Sumatra elephant lies behind a police line

Emergency Case Support

When something goes wrong unexpectedly, time is scarce and quick action is required. We offer support for local projects, especially in cases where elephants have been injured or killed. 

Future conservationists during a course at the Wildlife Conservation Centre

Wildlife Conservation Centre

Conservationists do not fall from the sky. They go to school! And one of the best places in Indonesia to learn the ropes is UGM's Wildlife Conservation Center, 

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