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Requested Information for the Lewa Newsletter

Submitted by The Heritage Group and GLOBE Foundation

The African elephant population faces a real crisis as poaching continues to increase due to the international demand for ivory. The current challenges and threats are far too great for one person or organization to tackle alone. In an effort to build key international partnerships with those who share the common mission of wildlife conservation, The Heritage Group and GLOBE Foundation sponsored an eleven day East African safari in June 2011. Bringing together international conservation organizations, local conservation experts, neighboring communities and committed corporate citizens is an important step in collectively helping to address the declining elephant population.

Prominent delegates and members from the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) were invited to enjoy unparalleled access to leading conservationists and wildlife organizations throughout East Africa to uncover new perspectives in elephant conservation. Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Founder of Save the Elephants hosted the group along with wildlife enthusiast Willie Roberts, Host and Owner of Roberts Safaris. During the group’s stay in Lewa, Mike Watson, Chief Executive Officer of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, had an opportunity to meet this elite group. Mike reported the work of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy as well as discussed the many threats facing wildlife. The group also visited Elephant Watch in Samburu, where Ian Craig, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) joined the group and outlined NRTs efforts to protect the region to reduce poaching. Throughout East Africa, all are in constant battle to secure and protect the elephant as the growing international demand for ivory continues.

The mission of wildlife conservation is shared by the CWCA; it is the largest conservation organization in China and is dedicated to improving the conditions of China’s incredible flora and fauna. Among the CWCA delegates were Dr. Zang Chunlin and Dr. Jiang Zhigang. As the Secretary General and Professor Level Senior Engineer of the CWCA, Dr. Zang Chunlin leads a team in the fields of public science and education for wildlife conservation fundraising and works to build relationships between professional partners, ecological conservation non-profits and individuals around the world. Dr. Jiang Zhigang, Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences has professional interests focusing on wildlife conservation, particularly the protection of endangered mammals. He is a member of the Appendix Criteria Working Group of CITES, which helps to establish the criteria for endangered and threatened species around the world.

The East African Safari was sponsored by The Heritage Group, a diverse set of prominent companies involved in highway construction, environmental services, and the oil refining and marketing industries. The Heritage Group has operations in North America and China and a client network that spans the globe. The joint venture companies in China are involved in the manufacturing of asphalt products, aggregate production, road and bridge construction and environmental recycling and reuse. Chief Executive Officer, Fred Fehsenfeld, Jr. is committed to investing in wildlife and land conservation and appointed Dr. Xishun Zhang, President of China Operations, to lead the group in collaboration with Suzie Fehsenfeld, GLOBE Foundation’s Founder. GLOBE, a private, independent foundation, develops opportunities for individuals, organizations and academic institutions, to create global learning experiences. Suzie Fehsenfeld is also a board member of Lewa USA and the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

As the eleven-day East African safari came to an end, the group witnessed the uncertainty of the African elephant’s future. Sharing the common mission of wildlife conservation, it was evident that the China Wildlife Conservation Association would partner in the international battle to secure and protect the African elephant. Collectively, The Heritage Group, GLOBE Foundation, the CWCA and Save the Elephants are encouraging other corporations and organizations to get involved in elephant conservation to protect the species for generations to come.

Shortly after the safari, The Heritage Group and Shandong Hi-Speed Group jointly held a new conference concerning African elephant conservation in Jinan, Shandong, China on August 3, 2011. More than 200 people from Shandong Hi-Speed Group, The Heritage Group and Chinese Media attended the news conference. The two companies have been business partners since 2005. Shandong Hi-Speed Group is the largest government owned company in Shandong province and is involved in infrastructure construction in China and several African countries. Mr. Sun Liang, the Chairman of the Board of the Shandong Hi-Speed Group and Mr. Jim Fehsenfeld, a member of The Trustee of The Heritage Group made a speech at the news conference. The two companies will jointly help promote African elephant conservation in China and will provide training to their employees who work in African countries. The training materials will include the local laws and regulations concerning wildlife and wildlife products as well as the importance of conservation and not purchasing ivory products. Five Chinese media outlets covered the news conference.

(Below) The Heritage Group, GLOBE Foundation, The China Wildlife Conservation Association, and Save the Elephants team

*(Below) The Heritage Group and Shandong Hi-

Speed Group in China at the news conference concerning African Elephant Conservation. Mr. Jim Fehsenfeld, a member of The Trustee of The Heritage Group is fourth from right. Dr. Xishun Zhang, President of China Operations, The Heritage Group is second from right.

*(Below) Mr. Sun Liang, Chairman of the Board of the Shandong Hi-Speed Group, on August 3 2011 news conference.