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Sadly, more than 20,000 African elephants were killed at the hands of ivory poachers last year. Spread the word of their plight this World Elephant Day so we never have to find out what our world is like without them.

Their plight has never been so desperate - the African elephant is hurtling towards extinction as a result of mass poaching, according to campaigners.

It is estimated that more than 20,000 were killed on the continent last year for their ivory tusks - which earn a fortune as they are traded illegally in China and south-east Asia. 

Their tragic situation has led British wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein, to make an impassioned plea to the public about elephant conservation - using his majestic photo album, taken over 25 years of watching the animals.

You can read Paul's plea here.
 

Exodus leader Valerie Parkinson is our first ever winner of the Hall of Fame Award!

Valerie Parkinson at Donkey Sanctuary in LehEarlier this year, we awarded long-time Exodus leader Valerie Parkinson with our first ever Hall of Fame Award - such a class act, we had to put her in a league of her own!

Valerie started working for Exodus 30 years ago in the Indian Himalaya leading treks in  Kashmir and Ladakh. She went on to lead in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet and has accumulated vast knowledge of the greatest mountains on Earth. In 2008 she became the first British woman to climb Manalsu without supplementary oxygen and in 2009 she reached 8,761m, the South Summit of Everest. She continues to lead treks for Exodus and can spends her summers in Ladakh and her springs and autumns in Nepal.

The award won her £500 to go to a charity of her choice. Valerie has chosen the Exodus Himalayan Community Support Projects. Over the last 15 years Exodus has built up a portfolio of its own small scale projects in the Himalaya; Valerie has been instrumental in finding, managing and accounting the projects. 

Valerie’s prize money will be split between the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh, the Ranbirpura Temple, the Hankar Women’s Eco Cafe and Nepal water projects.

 

In April 2015 Exodus will be once again returning to the North side of Everest, in Tibet.

In April 2015 Exodus will be once again returning to the North side of Everest, in Tibet. This special expedition led by legend Valerie Parkinson, will allow trekkers and climbers to venture up to Advanced Base Camp, the highest non-technical trek in the world. At this point the trip will split into two - the climbers will make their way up to the infamous North Col of Everest, while the trekkers make their way back to Base Camp. 

Exodus is the only company to combine a trekking and climbing trip on Everest, something we are very proud of. Therefore if you are looking for a truly life affirming adventure for 2015, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. After all, Everest is calling…

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