Dedicated to elephant well-being & ending the ivory trade world-wide!

Jane Smith
Arizona Ambassador and Board Member

Jane Michaelides-Smith was born in Tanganyika (Tanzania). At age three she moved with her parents and younger sister to Kenya where they lived on a coffee estate, not far from Nairobi, named Kianzabe Estate. At age ten Jane and her family emigrated to the United States. She lived in Idaho for a time but now resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and four children.

​During her childhood in Africa, Jane was privileged to take in the wild beauty of the savanna including the diversity of animals in their natural habitat.  

Out of all these wonderful animals, it was the elephant with its majestic stature and gentle and familial traits that created her most inspired and lasting memories.As an activist, Jane wants to ensure that future generations of man will have the opportunity to see the African elephant first hand.  

She is committed to finding ways to halt the human greed causing the destruction and disappearance of this marvelous creation of nature.

Jane’s father who was also born in Tanganyika instilled in her the importance of the preservation of our environment and everything in it. As his daughter she is proud to be following in his footsteps.

Jane is a longtime supporter of Big Life and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She said Nick Brandt's photographs and work are what triggered her want and need to advocate for the survival of the African elephants.

To connect with Jane and join her efforts in Arizona, send an email to