An Indian elephant herd on Jim Corbett National Park in Assam, India. Image courtesy of W. Ribs.
Every single day, hundreds of the world’s biggest underdogs are killed for their parts by poachers whose profits fund terrorism.
We refer to these underdogs as the African Trifecta—elephantidae, giraffidae, and rhinocerotidae—whose numbers are on the brink of extinction.
Our raison d’être is to stop this madness.
We are compelled to assist, along with other NGOs and transnational partners, in safeguarding nature in areas beyond national jurisdictions, if necessary, through the provisions in the World Charter for Nature (1982) established by the United Nations General Assembly. We join a coalition of private and public organizations working on global environmental oversight—to find pragmatic solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges—in accordance to the mission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of the powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”
—His Holiness, Pope Francis, of the Holy See; Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), Statement 14, p. 12
We mitigate the threat of violence and terrorism on the world’s wildlife by providing strategic and tactical resources—advocacy, intelligence, and protection—to all ground forces that defend them so that wildlife may live.
We seek a sustainable world where wildlife are safe, secure, and free from any harm and violence—to live in harmony with humans without conflict.
We are in a good PLACE™ with our guiding values and we just feel right at home. We are only governed by five values: Professionalism, Love, Audacity, Courage, and Excellence and we apply this with fun, grace, panache, passion, and vigor—for global security and wildlife conservation is a difficult and burdensome cause.
We are a flat, lean, learning, servant-leadership, sustainable, and team-centric organization so that we may execute effectively without wasting precious resources on all of our operations. We are audacious, democratic, nimble, progressive, and world-class in our methods while being creative, disruptive, and innovative in our ideas.
We truly love all our stakeholders—donors, friends, partners, supporters, team, and volunteers—and we demonstrate this by not taking anything or anyone for granted. Our stakeholders are the lifeblood of our organization. Therefore, we will always cherish and continually appreciate the involvement of all of our stakeholders and we will respect their feedback and investment at all times. We practice integrity at all times and we are ethical in all that we do.
“We are bringing creativity, disruption, and innovation to wildlife conservation—with a global security mission. Because ‘building the new Ark’ to save all the endangered species from age-old Greed requires all three.”
—Allen R. Sandico MPA, founder and Chief Elephant Officer (CEO)
We are secular humanists but it doesn’t hurt to seek inspiration from the Divine, as part of our philosophy to succeed. We like to say that we continue the work of Noah and that we are inspired by the compassion and leadership of Saint Francis of Assisi—the patron saint of animals, the environment, the oppressed, and the underdog. We are moved by Saint Francis’ deep love for all creatures and by his example that they are all worthy of our companionship, protection, and stewardship.
We are governed by a five-member Board of Defenders along with the leadership of our founder and Chief Elephant Officer™ (CEO) who is assisted by four (4) directors: Chief Herd Officer™ (Director of Team Operations), Chief Trumpet Officer™ (Director of Development), Chief Trunk Officer™ (Director of Research), and Chief Tusk Officer™ (Director of Field Operations) with five (5) Executive Associates (Administrative, Communications, Executive, Tactical, and Technical,). We recruit two types of volunteer associates: Tusk Ambassador™ (Advocacy and Education) and Tusk Defender™(Field and Tactical) to supplement our team when necessary. At this time, all administrative and operational costs are funded by our CEO, who is paid an annual compensation of $1.
Our founder is an adventurer, advocate, athlete, humanitarian, photographer, and writer obsessed about the arts, conservation, education, global security, and human rights. His professional experience includes academia, business, defense, diplomacy, finance, government, intelligence, non-profit, and public policy. A progressive social entrepreneur by choice, he created his first start-up in high school and this is his first and only non-profit enterprise. He seldom sleeps, dabbles in architectural photography, runs marathons for the medals, and prefers to climb mountains for the fresh air when the weather is really, really nice. He is a dog-lover and is currently writing a book on authentic servant-leadership.
In 2009, our founder was researching his proposal for a doctoral dissertation entitled—The Big Ugly Picture: The Endless Loop of Organized Crime Activities through Black-Market Commerce Sustaining Global Terrorism (2013, unpublished)—and came across these reports showing possible links between wildlife trafficking and terrorism. With this knowledge, he chose to become a part of the solution. Cliché aside, his vision for our organization began on a restaurant napkin in Philadelphia. With the vision becoming his life-purpose, it is now our sacred mission.
The Elephant Shield™ logo, terms, slogans, and representations that includes “Fight Terrorism, Save Wildlife,” “Raise The Shield For Wildlife,” “So That Wildlife May Live,” “Stop Wildlife Terrorism,” “Stop Wildlife Violence,” “The Heroes That Care Forgot,” “The Shield Award,” “Tusk Ambassador,” and “Tusk Defender,” are trademarks of Tusk Task Force™ with registrations pending. More information on copyrights and trademarks are found here.