The KOTA Foundation

is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US and Kenya dedicated to educating people about elephants as a way to support positive outcomes for their survival.

 

About Us

Based on the belief that:

You won't fight for what you don't care about

Did you know?

  • That the US is #2 (behind China) in the demand for illegal ivory?
  • That elephants can "hear thru their feet?"
  • That every single elephant has a story and we can't wait to share them with you...

These are just some of the things that we think you should know. Find out more about who we are:

Team KOTA

 

WHY ELEPHANTS MATTER

Elephant EyeWe get asked all the time what our fascination is with elephants. I mean why get so worked up about an animal that doesn’t even have a natural home on the continent we live on? Why not stand up for starving children, the elderly, war, conflict or famine?

The answer is: We are

Why Elephants Matter

THE KOTA LESSON PLANS

“Every time a school downloads a free lesson plan a scientist shall appear"

Debbie Ethell with elephant bone

Debbie Ethell showing young students the importance of an elephant bone.

The KOTA Foundation team has put together our first set of lesson plans from kindergarten thru eighth grade. Our intention is to inspire kids to learn science by using elephants as a tool to teach.

We think elephants are a powerful way to grab a student's attention. The Portland school system has been incredibly supportive of this project and we have no doubt about the impact that this will make. We are currently in the testing phase but will be unveiling the lesson plans soon so that all schools will have an unique opportunity to learn about science in a different way.

KOTA Lesson Plans

C2P KENYA PROJECT

hand trunk

We envision a world where all people in Kenya, even in the remotest areas, hold the power to create opportunity for themselves. We intend to help them do that because...

"...you can’t save the elephants if you don’t save the people."

Our C2P project (Consumer-to-Producer) is a local Kenyan community project in which we are working together with Global Village Resources to identify a trade that an underprivileged community can implement without depleting the surrounding natural resources.

C2P Kenya Project

Oregon Becomes 6th State to Ban Elephant Ivory

Debbie Ethell with the Save Endangered Animals Oregon team just after BM100 passed in Oregon!

Debbie Ethell with the Save Endangered Animals Oregon team just after BM100 passed in Oregon!

Oregon just became the 6th state to ban Ivory!!!

The KOTA Foundation was one of the endorsers of Ballot Measure 100 - the Save Endangered Animals Oregon campaign that Oregonians voted on in the November 2016 election.

Save Endangered Animals Oregon is proud to work alongside The KOTA Foundation as a key member of our coalition to save endangered animals, and we encourage anyone who cherishes elephants to learn more about their work." - Kristin Leppert, United States Humane Society Campaign Director for Save Endangered Animals Oregon

We did it! Ballot Measure 100 passed with flying colors in the state of Oregon with a 70% majority making Oregon the sixth state to ban Ivory. Together with our neighbors, Washington and California we have successfully locked down the west coast and sent a strong message that we are working hard to Stop the Demand!

Ballot Measure 100 helped 12 highly-trafficked species from turtles to lions, elephants to sharks saving them from poaching, cruelty and the threat of extinction.

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THE IVORY LOOPHOLE

elephant tusksOne of the comments that we hear most often is that people think that ivory is already illegal in the United States. Technically, that's true but because of some extreme loopholes it can be traded and sold quite easily in some areas with few penalties.

Here we do our best to explain the problem at hand and what several states are doing to change it.

Ivory in the US

 

KOTA PRESS

We will speak anytime, anywhere about elephants.

"Our group clearly enjoyed Debbie Ethell's presentation on the lives of wild African elephants. Her enthusiasm and passion on the subject were both educational and stimulating. I certainly came away with a greater appreciation of how complex, intelligent and compassionate wild elephants are."  -Michael Naughton, President of Central East Portland Rotary

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The KOTA Foundation Blog

Removed from Complicity

I recently gave a talk about ivory in a local (Oregon) community. Somewhere in my 30 minutes on stage I felt several members of the crowd begin to turn against me. This had never happened to me before. As soon as it was over I was approached by several (very agitated) guests. One of them

Deep River and the History of ivory in the US – Part II

(Click here to read Deep River – Part I) In the mid to late 1800s the part of Connecticut referred to as the Queen of the Valley had risen to become the largest manufacturer of ivory in the world. Pratt, Read and Co. was set up in Deep River with their main competitor Comstock, Cheney

Deep River and the History of Ivory in the US – Part I

“If Americans are going to condemn others for trading in ivory they should at least know their own history,” – Marta Daniels, Freelance Journalist and Historian. Deep River is a sleepy little quintessential town in Connecticut. From the outside it looks innocent enough. Situated just two hours outside of New York it has become a

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

The 2016 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is right around the corner. This year The KOTA Foundation has been asked to be one of the main presenters at this event in Portland, Oregon. There are over 126 cities marching on September 24 so go to the Global March for Elephants website to look for

The “Soul of the Elephant”

Two of the most remarkable researchers I have ever known (well I don’t know them personally but I admire them greatly) are Dereck and Beverly Joubert of the Great Plains Foundation. Recently on “Ellen” they spoke about their latest documentary “Soul of the Elephant.” It is one of the best I have ever seen and

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