World Elephant Day

On August 12, 2021 the first International Elephant Day was celebrated. This special day was initiated by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and filmmakers Michael Clark and Patricia Sims in 2011.

“Let’s celebrate these incredible sentient beings today and every day 🙂 . On this #WorldElephantDay pledge your support to protect and secure the #RightOfPassage to save our #Elephants. Asian Elephant is the #NationalHeritageAnimal of #India” – Dia Mirza.

In #Africa #AfricanElephants are one of the #Big5 and are in big trouble, populations are plummeting Savannah elephants have recently been listed as endangered and forest elephants as critically endangered, so their future is a concern. #EndangeredElephants

TROPHY HUNTING – BRAVE HUNTERS, NOT!! DESPICABLE

Both the African and Asian elephants are protected and World Elephant Day highlights the need and call for people to support organisations which provide sanctuaries and habitats for domestic elephants to live freely. On August 12 every year raises awareness about the difficulty of elephants in forests and also finding out possible ways to protect this species. Another issue that needs to be addressed is trophy hunting. I find it incredible that educated professional people (who I would imagine would be clever enough to think this cruelty through) can even entertain thoughts of killing an innocent animal for “fun” and pose for photos. Big brave men (and some women) – NOT! I’d like to hunt you all down and do the same to you- see how funny it is running terrified through your safe homes where you sleep, eat and live, being hunted. Perhaps even worse is the scenario where “tamed” lions, raised by humans from cubs – in enclosed small environments, are killed for a trophy, by man who lions think are their carers. Seriously. Karma will be interesting . Rant over.

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Not only do these gentle, and sometimes not, giants need to be protected from hunters and ivory poachers, but also from ill treatment in captivity, habitat loss and conflict with human kind. Elephant conservation is a serious subject and these creatures have no voice of their own, we need to speak up for them, as well as embrace the needs of communities affected, somehow.

It is a difficult line to walk oftentimes as humans feel the space they live in should not be invaded by Elephants. However, one wonders which came first – the chicken, or the egg? These creatures have memories that are nearly instinctual. Perhaps imprinted at birth? They remember pathways their ancestors walked before dams and lakes were built over them, which they continue to follow decades later. I have witnessed herds of giants approaching Kariba Dam, Zimbabwe, plunging into the shallows and ploughing through underwater to find their way on ancient paths to the islands further in the lake. Tips of trunks tickled the surface, and sometimes not, until the ground shallowed and the water made way for them to emerge again.

Sadly, the elephant situation in Zimbabwe is critical and there have been discussions between Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe to pull out of CITES and have their own partnership agreement (which could be akin to a toothless dog in this fight). Transparency International rates Zimbabwe to be among the top 12 most corrupt countries in Africa and those in power see the opportunity to make money, particularly dealing with China, from their wildlife. If you would like more information please google, there is more distressing information available. Money and power can be disgusting – what is wrong with man!?

As Africa is in my blood I shall share a few statistics from here. At the moment elephant numbers in southern Africa are around 26 000, and in northern Botswana the population has remained at around 130 000 for more than a decade. In Kenya the conflict with farmers remains, but the numbers are gradually increasing.

The South African Environment Minister tabled a policy saying the government would not support the international sale of ivory at CITES “as long as current specified circumstances prevail”. We have to hope as it is only a draft policy at this stage, but at least there has been a move in a positive direction.

Chad’s elephants are thriving thanks to the pioneering work done by African Parks Network operating together with the Chad government.

A NATURE RESERVE FAST DIMINISHING – SELLOUTS, TANZANIA

The once amazing, vast wild area, Selous Game Reserve barely exists nowadays. There is a new hydro-electric dam being built, a huge logging operation is ruining the forests, mines and communities have carved up much of the remaining pieces.

DO IT FOR YOUR CHILDREN, AND CHILDREN CHILDREN

My last paragraph is a warning – should this situation not be resolved it has been predicted that elephants, and other large mammals, will become extinct in the wild within the next thirty to fifty years.

#savetheelephants #stoptrophyhunting #elephantsinthewild #big5 #bigfive #africanelephant #asianelephant

African Elephant
African Elephant