ERP is fast becoming an industry leader in providing alternative non-lethal elephant management interventions to reserves throughout southern Africa. By responding to specific emergencies affecting individual elephants or small groups of elephants, ERP is proving that elephant populations can be managed without the need for lethal culling practices. Elephant populations are diminishing at an alarming rate and it is essential for the preservation of both large and small populations on a global scale. Although we are focussed on African populations at this stage, the diminishing populations of Asian elephants is also a cause for great concern. We are currently exploring options for ERP to become more involved in the preservation of the Asian elephant population as well.
groupelephant.com's ‘Beyond Corporate Purpose’ hybrid operating model (comprising for-profit, nonprofit and impact investment zones) provides us with a professional, institutionalized delivery capability in the area of nonprofit activity and impact investment. Elephant, Rhinos & People, or ‘ERP’ for short, combat the widespread slaughter of elephants and rhinos in Southern Africa by alleviating the pressures associated with poverty in rural communities in areas adjacent to the threatened species. The economical pressures of these rural communities are conducive to the proliferation of the slaughter of elephants and rhinos. ERP also implements a range of tactical measures designed to combat the poaching problem and to improve elephant and rhino welfare in the near term, since the overall strategy is based on medium-term effect, which will not yield immediate benefits. ERP Bulletin #1 covers recent media coverage of groupelephant.com and ERP, by way of an article published in South Africa’s leading Sunday newspaper in December of last year. You will also see a project report that we prepared in August of 2016 for SAP SuccessFactors, pursuant to a $25,000 donation they made to ERP as part of the 2015 SuccessConnect event. Those funds were applied to an ongoing, ground-breaking project dealing with cross-border human-elephant conflict in an impoverished rural community on the border between South Africa and Mozambique.