EWB, Inc dba Elephants Without Borders

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: POBox 682, Kasane, Botswana -or- 168 S Marlin Rd Grand Island NY 14072 USA

Mission: EWB Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources; through innovative research, education, and information sharing with all people, we strive to encourage mankind to live in harmony with wildlife and the natural world.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was deeply touched by this film and the brilliant work of Mike Chase... I cannot put into words the relief I feel that humans are putting research to such admirable outcomes. This is just awesome awesome awesome! Long live and roam without stress the beloved elephant of Africa. Love to all those involved. Kim

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am inspired to help elephants now.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Set up a facebook page.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am thrilled and amazed to know that people like Dr. Chase and Kelly Landen are out there in the world actually doing conservation. I am impressed with how they have put into practice what was once only a theory of how elephant conservation can be done. Their desire to find a way for humans and elephants to live without conflict is truly an act of responsible conservation.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to keep up with everything they are doing through their web-site, blog and Facebook. EWB does a great job keeping their supporters from around the world well informed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly dedicated!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work directly on the conservation work and not have to worry about fund raising.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I spent almost 7 wks. in august and sept. of 07 with Dr. Mike Cahse and Kelly Landon (EWB), on top of it being the trip of a lifetime it gave me the amazing experience of seeing first hand what incrediably difficult circumstances that they work in everyday,ie.(Africa) I don't know that are more than a hand full of organisations capable of accomplishing what EWB does day in and day out, with the dedication, expertise in one of the most important conservation areas in the world. As they continue to grow their ability to make more real contributions will also grow in scope and purpose. A organisation that deserve serious consideration for donations to help them accomplish their important and vital work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing first hand how absolutely remarkable what EWB accomplishes under such difficult circumstances. Remarkable work by a great nonprofit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more of their groundbreaking research and accomplish some of the most important work being done in Africa. It is that important.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Michael Chase is third generation Motswana and grew up in the villages listening to his father and grandfather talking to the people. He brings his unique listening skills to this very emotive issue of Elephant/Human conflict and uses his debating skills in discussing the daily problems encountered by villagers in the remote areas of Botswana in their own language. To be priviledged to see Michael at work one understands how passionate he is for Elephants and the ordinary farmer battling to grow his crops. He is looking for a solution.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our family were fortunate enough to join the team at their new field site at Kachikau to witness first hand the equipping of the borehole site and the ploughing of the fields and planting crops for research into defensive mechanisms which can be used.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a passionate Motswana, which could be funded to tour schools in Botswana and educate the youth on what they are doing. Kids in San Diego who visit the Zoo know more about this project that kids in Botswana! This is sad.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

There are no pretences. If you are fortunate enough to join them on an excursion then you will be treated as one of the crew.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, committed and eager to explain their passion.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Secure the future of elephants and transfronteir moments for a considerable amount of time.

Ways to make it better...

Cant think of anything better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finance and the ability to carry their big ideas through with the assistance of the Botswana Government as well as to convince the farmers that elephants are an asset and Michael's plan of corridors will work. There is the bureuacracy of 5 Governments.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The people involved in this project live a simple life giving back to the communities in which they work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Elephants Without Borders is an amazing organization doing groundbreaking research on the range and movements of elephants in northern Botswana. Dr. Chase's research is developing important data that should help shape Botswana's policies to protect its large elephant population and guide decisions about reopening natural corridors into neighboring range states to relieve population pressure. EWB also has an innovative project to train local farmers to deter elephants from raiding their crops.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to see the passion and commitment Dr. Chase and Kelly Landen bring to their work. They are making a huge contribution to the protection and conservation of one of Africa's last great elephant populations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Elephants Without Borders is an amazing organization with a small staff and incredible dedication. Dr. Chase and Kelly were our hosts and drove us around to gather video footage of elephants and their project. They were extremely kind and accommodating using their vehicles and a boat to get a variety of shots. It was evident their hearts and minds are dedicated to the project and it was encouraging to hear and see results coming out of their efforts. I was impressed to hear Dr. Chase communicating his message in multiple languages to the locals as well as tourists. Being born and raised in Botswana, it was obvious he got more respect from the locals than an outsider would. His level of understanding and appreciation for the African elephants we came across gave me great hope for the future of the species. Dr. Chase and Kelly each bring unique skills to the table and great strength to Elephants Without Borders.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their connection to and understanding of African elephants.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, respectful, knowledgeable and motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the research of elephant migration patterns by purchasing more tracking collars and equipment. They could afford to add staff, expand their communication efforts, and pay for fence section removal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Dr. Mike Chase is a fascinating scientist working tirelessly in behalf of African elephants. He is smart and hard working (and easy on the eyes!), and having grown up in Botswana, he is an ideal person for this vital multi-national project. Meanwhile, Kelly provides extraordinary photographs from the field, she is an excellent writer sharing their experiences in blogs, etc. and even finds time to rescue baby birds! Together, Mike and Kelly are a terrific team and deserve our support, financial and otherwise.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about their multi-prong approach to elephant conservation. I particularly appreciate that they are working with the PEOPLE who live in elephant territory to mitigate human/elephant conflicts and come up with innovative strategies.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop of a program to reimburse villagers if their crops were raided by elephants; create much-needed wildlife corridors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I met Dr. Chase and Kelly from Elephants Without Borders last May, during their time in San Diego, CA in conjunction with the San Diego Zoo's Project Elephant Footprint which sllows donors to support Dr. Chase's work in Botswana tracking elephants and finding solutions to the problems posed by so many elephants too close to human activities. They are extremely dedicated people working very hard and I love reading their blogs and Twitter updates on their fieldwork - wish I could visit them in Botswana someday.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the great imformation they provide on the elephants they study.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

accomplish even more to help the elephants in Botswana relocate to their former ranges in the countries surrounding Botswana.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have had the honor and privilege to visit Dr. Michael Chase and Kelly Landen for a week in Botswana. We spent a few days and nights in the field tracking elephants and a couple more days in and around the town of Kasane, Botswana. While tracking in the field I saw first hand that the dedication of EWB goes beyond work; for them it is a way of life. The same goes for when they are working in villages and towns. The interest and dedication that the EWB team has in educating people who live in and around elephant habitat is amazing. With the goal being to help prevent Human Elephant Conflict; with that goes the fostering of an understanding and appreciation of the elephant across many different countries. I went to Botswana to learn more about Elephants Without Borders and left with the desire to do everything I can to help them make a difference in the world. If you are looking to make the most of anything you can offer, know that by supporting EWB you will make a difference!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...find a way to make sure they were financially set so they could focus directly on their conservation efforts and not have to worry about fund raising.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...to see people who are truly dedicated to what they do and following through with what they believe in. EWB's team is a unique team that gives hope that we can each make a difference in this world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

..amazingly dedicated to the work they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...possibly hire staff and get twice as much work done or more! From collaring, tracking and studying more elephants to educating more people about elephants in their region - thus preventing Human Elephant Conflict.

Ways to make it better...

...I could have spent more time with them, helping them in any way I could. But alas I had to head back to the States to take care of my responsibilities at home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...aside from financial challenges, I can see that it may be challenging to deal with so many different governments as Elephants do not pay much mind to human borders.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

When we first meet Mike and Kelly from EWB last February and listened to what they were doing in Africa, we knew we had to get involved. I consider it and honor and a priviledge to help support their efforts in elephant conservation - both finanically and through the work we do with them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amazing way Kelly and Mike are about to walk us through their day-by-day activities, so we can all feel part of their successes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more resources to do more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling that my support is truly making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

100% dedicated and knowledgable of the entire "big picture" when it comes to elephant conservation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enhance the lives so so many people and animals in Africa that share the same land.

Ways to make it better...

we could have helped them more than we did. I won't change a thing from their side.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

working with the differing levels of government in multiple countries.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am truly honored, as a donor to the program, to help play a small role in helping strenghten Mike and Kelly's work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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