“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” -Sir David Attenborough
Every day should be World Elephant Day. Not just today, August 12th.
Every day we should be shouting from the rooftops to bring attention to the urgent plight of these magnificent animals in order to protect them from the numerous threats they face.
Every day we should be redoubling our commitment to the war on wildlife criminals. It is a war. And the elephants are losing it. And when they lose, our planet loses one of the most iconic, beautiful creatures ever to walk the earth.
There is nothing the elephants themselves are doing to lead to their extinction – in fact the reverse is true. They are ‘Africa’s gardeners’ whose droppings are the nutrient-rich fertilizer for the seeds they have consumed and germinated. They are a ‘keystone’ species on whom many other species – insects, birds, shrubs and trees – exist.
They are losing this war because of one species: humans. Our rampant population growth competes with elephants for the habitat they have occupied for millennia. And our rampant greed leads us to pay brutal poachers for their tusks.
It takes passion, commitment and money to win this war. It is winnable – the proof is that there are a few parts of Africa, notably in Botswana and Zimbabwe, where elephant populations are actually increasing.
There are amazing people all over Africa with passion and the commitment who are fighting this war. But every war needs money and resources to fund the front-line fighters – whose lives are literally on the line every single night.
Please donate what you can to one of the many wonderful organizations who are funding the war. The links to just a few of them are listed below.
For the love of elephants, please help.
Wilderness Wildlife Trust http://www.wildernesstrust.com/donate/
Save the Elephants http://www.savetheelephants.org/new-donate-page-US/
World Wildlife Fund https://www.worldwildlife.org/how-to-help
Watch our wonderful video of elephant bath time in the wild!
Can you imagine a world without elephants?