The author hauling a tusk to be placed in the pyre for burning in Kenya.The International Fund for Animal Welfare had a lot to celebrate in 2016. Here is a round-up through the numbers:

105 metric tons of ivory from approximately 10,000 poached elephants were burned during Kenya’s ivory burn, the largest ever.  

In partnership with Disney, we welcomed 34 passionate and dedicated delegates from 25 countries working in the fields of animal welfare and conservation to participate in our first every Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.

The IFAW-supported Beijing Raptor Center celebrated its 15-year anniversary, having rescued 4,229 birds since its establishment in 2001.

During the traditional high poaching season, 0 elephants were illegally killed in vulnerable areas targeted by tenBoma in the 13,747 square kilometers of Tsavo East, proving that the network we have established to fight poaching is working.

In November, 41 peregrine falcons worth $1,394,000 on the black market were packed in ice with their eyes sewn shut in an attempt to smuggle them through the Cairo Airport. Thanks to swift intervention, these birds are now healthy, safe and heading toward release.

With partner Antarctic Ocean Alliance, we have successfully helped to protect the 1,550,000 square kilometers of the Ross Sea, a marine environment that animals like penguins, albatross, seals, and killer whales call home.

This year we helped our partner Coco’s Animal Welfare open a new clinic in Playa del Carmen, a proper facility for them to continue to care for their average of 8,000 animals per year.

Male tiger Borya travelled more than 500 kilometers to reunite with his love, female tiger Svetlaya in the Russian Far East.

After a decision was reached at CITES’s 17th Conference of the Parties, 100% of pangolin species are now protected with the highest level possible.

In war-torn Gorlovka, Ukraine, 300 dogs from the town’s only animal shelter were transported 2-by-2 to a new facility that was paid for by funds provided by an IFAW donor.

According to our report Killing For Trophies: An Analysis of Global Trophy Hunting Trade, between 2004 and 2014, 200,000 trophies coming from species or sub-species, also known as taxa, that are categorised as threatened by CITES, crossed borders. Although there is worldwide demand for animal trophies, 97 percent of that demand comes from just 20 countries.

IFAW’s disaster response team flew 9 mixed breed dogs and 4 special needs kittens from foster homes in Beirut, Lebanon to Boston, where they would find forever homes through a collaboration with Sweet Paws Rescue in Essex, Massachusetts.

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