Elephants are not trophies. They are intelligent, living, breathing beings that feel love and pain the same way humans do. They live in communities and have families that rely on them. They pose no threat to humans and hurting them serves no purpose to human survival. There is no upside of killing them or supporting anyone else killing them. Enjoy some of my photos from my trip to South Africa and read below for some important facts and ways to help save these beautiful animals so that our children and grandchildren can see them in more than just history books.
Some people are arguing that hunting wild elephants brings money back to conservation efforts. This makes absolutely no sense because conservation efforts would not be needed if people whould just respect wildlife to begin with. This is a very backwards way of thinking and is not productive.
According to USA Today, “A 15-day elephant hunt costs $20,250 plus a trophy fee of $4,000-$18,500.” This doesn’t even include many other costs like getting to the country, gear, etc. When there is so much wrong with this world, how can someone spend this much money to contribute to problems rather than solutions?
Elephants bear young only every few years so an elephant calve’s survival is essential to the herds ultimate survival. These calves are born into extended families that all pitch in to take care of the babies and protect them. The mother is responsible for providing the newborn with milk for 3-4 years (source: pbs.org). No one should take these endangered animals away from their loving families.
According to elephants.com, “elephants are a “keystone species.” If a keystone species disappears through extinction or removal, the entire ecosystem would change drastically. Other species rely on the keystone species for survival.”
“Sadly humans pose by far the greatest threat to the African elephant. They have suffered from intensive hunting for the ivory of their tusks and as trophies. Many efforts have been made to outlaw hunting elephants for their tusks, but poaching still occurs on a regular basis. It is thought that from 1930-1940 there were 3 to 5 million African elephants roaming the continent. Now in Western Africa elephant populations are counted in the tens or hundreds”, according to Rainforest Alliance.
How to help:
-Ivory is only beautiful when it’s on elephants. Dont buy or sell ivory products.
-Buy and use only sustainable palm oil. Mass farming of palm oil results in destroying the natural habitat for elephants and many other animals.
-There are so many people speaking out on social media. Join them and sign petitions against elephant hunting and ivory trade.
-Do your research when visiting zoo’s or any other animal exhibits or even “sanctuaries”. Don’t support zoo’s that import animals from the wild and never attend circuses that exhibit elephants or other animals.
-Contribute to conservation efforts at…
World Wildlife Fund https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app243a?df_id=8000&8000.donation=form1&s_src=AWG1308SSGC0&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0b_QBRCeARIsAFntQ9oFMuNcQ3PvRw70TVRmGKh_JLWY-INuI_Pysh3NgJ1jP1hAr_B0wjYaAk4XEALw_wcB&NONCE_TOKEN=767D3716E1E201A05818A0A8706AD396
Save The Elephants http://www.savetheelephants.org/new-donate-page-US/
World Elephant Day http://worldelephantday.org/how-to-help-elephants
Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/elephant/what-you-can-do
Earth Day Network https://earthdaynetwork.salsalabs.org/maindonationform/index.html