The African Forest Elephant Foundation (“AFEF”) was founded by Callum Gerrish and Christian Triay in 2016 in response to the unprecedented, and largely unreported, decline of the African forest elephants of Central Africa. Based in London and Cape Town, AFEF is working to induce an international shift in elephant conservation that highlights the fast decline toward extinction of forest elephants in Central Africa and aims to preserve their place, along with that of their forest habitat, into the future.
From grassroots and community-based projects and anti-poaching initiatives around forest elephant habitat in the Congo Basin, to campaigning for the cause of forest elephant conservation at an international level, join us to secure a future for Africa’s forest elephants and their natural habitat.
AFEF’s mission is to secure the survival of African forest elephants and the Central African forest habitat in which they survive, into the future. To achieve our mission, AFEF will be operating in the following areas.
Christian is Co-founder and Trustee of the African Forest Elephant Foundation.
After qualifying as a lawyer in England, Christian worked at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town as their Oiled Wildlife Preparedness and Response Manager. Christian worked with many different stakeholders including government, oil & shipping industries; and other NGOs to develop oiled wildlife preparedness and response capability to secure the conservation of seabirds, including the endangered African penguin.
Christian has also completed various FGASA qualifications including level one; back-up trails, advanced rifle handling, as well as track & sign. He is happiest camping in the bush with his (t)rusty Land Rover.
Currently based in Gibraltar working as a lawyer while continuing to manage the African Forest Elephant Foundation.
Callum is a British lawyer based in Singapore and is Co-founder and Trustee of the African Forest Elephant Foundation.
A lifelong lover of African wildlife, in 2016 Callum learned of the forest elephant crisis in Central and West Africa which was going largely unreported in both the conservation sphere and media generally at that time. Upon realising the catastrophic possibility that forest elephants could be wiped out before the world awoke to their decline, and that no conservation charity focussed solely on the protection of forest elephants and their habitat, he decided to take up the fight for their survival and AFEF was born.
The AFEF works in western and central Africa to protect and preserve the magnificent African Forest Elephants. We could not do this without our fantastic conservation partners and sponsors.
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