elephants have roamed the wild for 15 million years, but today this iconic species face the biggest threat to survival due to continued ivory poaching. As long as there is a demand for ivory, elephants continue to be killed for their tusks. Today it is estimated up to 25,000 elephants are killed annually.
If we band together to start making those who own and trade ivory feel shame for their actions we can start a mass movement much like that against real fur which makes people think about their actions and the impact it has on the natural world, i.e. our shared world.
see http://iworry.org or donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
REASONS TO SAVE THE ELEPHANT:
- If we don’t act now elephants could face localized extinctions.
- In some countries of Africa including Senegal, Somalia and Sudan, elephants have already been driven to extinction.
- Communities across Africa are dependent on elephants for an income through tourism. Saving the elephants also means preventing poverty, sustaining livelihoods and promoting sustainable tourism.
- Elephants are a keystone species. Other animals, plants and entire ecosystems rely on them for survival.
- ‘As go the elephants, so do the trees.’ Elephants are known as ‘nature’s gardeners’, plants and trees rely on elephants to disperse their seeds far and wide through their dung.
- Elephant’s large footprints act as water collectors for smaller animals.
- By uprooting trees to feed, they control the tree population leaving grasses to thrive and sustain animals such as wildebeests and zebras.
- Elephants share the same emotions and cognitive behavior as humans. They grieve for their lost loved ones, they feel fear, joy and empathy and are highly praised for their intelligence.