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The Water for Elephants Trust was founded in 2016 by conservationist Ben Moller near Nata in the wild lands of Botswana’s northeast.

Because of the success of the country's elephant conservation strategy, Botswana harbors these majestic animals in a safe haven. However, as the seasons came and went, the Moller family witnessed the devastating effects of the lengthy dry season on the local wildlife, especially the large numbers of elephants that calls this region home.  

Elephants were dying. Not from a poacher’s bullets but from lack of water.  

This one-two punch would be a knockout blow except for the great conservation strides made by the country and the determination of the Moller family and their team.  

The Moller family, in partnership with the government, have began re-building and maintaining several boreholes in the area. But more action is needed as we lose more than 8% of the African Elephant population by poachers(illegal hunters) each year. With thousands flooding to Botswana each year from other stress full environments we have our work cut out to try and save the habitat surrounding the water sources that we provide them, there for our urgent goal is to use the vast open wilderness in this region and spread the elephants out evenly to protect the environment.  

The cost of inaction is incalculable.  With elephant populations declining throughout Africa the elephants living here provide a last stand for Earth’s greatest land mammal.  With a limited supply of water, elephants are pushed into tighter areas, depleting the area of vegetation and increasing the risk of human and wildlife conflict as all their old migration routes are populated by people.

 

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Ben Moller, Founder Ben Moller has lived in Botswana for 50 years, he arrived in 1967 and has been farming his entire life, in the early 2000's when the original plan was just to retire he fell in love with the elephants and that is how Elephant Sands started, and from then Ben saw that the elephants needed help with water and that is how the trust started.

Ben Moller, Founder

Ben Moller has lived in Botswana for 50 years, he arrived in 1967 and has been farming his entire life, in the early 2000's when the original plan was just to retire he fell in love with the elephants and that is how Elephant Sands started, and from then Ben saw that the elephants needed help with water and that is how the trust started.

Sean Jeanes, Trustee Sean Jeanes has lived in Botswana since around 2001 and has a love for wildlife and is a trusted friend of the Moller family.

Sean Jeanes, Trustee

Sean Jeanes has lived in Botswana since around 2001 and has a love for wildlife and is a trusted friend of the Moller family.

Mike Toth, Operations Director Mike Toth was born in Botswana in the year 1973, grew up in his home town Serowe and has been farming most of his life,he found love in the wildlife and with his experience he is now managing the Trusts operations.  

Mike Toth, Operations Director

Mike Toth was born in Botswana in the year 1973, grew up in his home town Serowe and has been farming most of his life,he found love in the wildlife and with his experience he is now managing the Trusts operations.