Can’t Tusk This — elephantopia

Did you know that every 15 minutes an elephant is killed by poachers for it’s ivory tusks? That’s nearly 100 elephants a day! With only 400,000 elephants left in Africa, there is a real possibility that elephants will go extinct in our lifetime if nothing is done to save them!Elephantopia is a volunteer-run 501c3 nonprofit with goals to Save Elephants and Build…

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SET TO APPROVE IVORY BAN!

AFRICAN PARK RANGERS ARE REQUESTING THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG TO BAN THE SALE OF IVORY, a decision to ban by this government is expected to be made in 2017. The Ranger petition is against compensating the ivory hoarders by the HK government  fearing it will prompt a ‘run’ on ivory at the expense of the remaining elephant populations.

The Mainland China government is expected to ban local sales this year , too.

Both these important government decisions will go a long way to ease hunting pressure on the dwindling elephant populations in Africa and Asia.

China is the main market for raw ivory, subsequently made into trinkets and souvenir trash for the larger world markets…

 

30 photographs of Zambia that will inspire your wanderlust — elephantopia

American author John Hemingway once said, “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” Freelance author Brian Jackman echoes this sentiment when he writes, , “Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic…

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For the Love of Elephants

“Charismatic megafauna”is a concept in science meant to explain why humans are drawn to certain creatures. Whales, giraffes, elephants and pandas are all animals humans create bonds with, whether we have ever see the animal close up or not.This bond typically develops in us as children as we are introduced to these animals through story books…

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Elephant Activist Reese Witherspoon Speaks Out Against Poaching…

At a reception at Tiffany’s to underscore Tiffany’s opposition to the use of Elephant ivory in jewelry and elsewhere Reese Witherspoon fresh from a shoot in South Africa decried the practice of poaching elephants and rhinoceros for their tusks and horns…

Actor Witherspoon is a well-known wildlife animal activist.

Elephants Find Water…

There’s a direct link to elephants and the ecosystem. Elephants use their tusks to dig for water in the dry season, creating watering holes for smaller animals. They also know the paths to watering holes that stay wet, even in the driest of droughts.Water is the source of all life. Because all life relies on…

via Elephants, Water and Community — elephantopia

Big Problems in Kenya for Wildlife

On the night of Mar. 29, suspected herdsmen burnt an exclusive safari lodge owned by prominent Italian-born, Kenyan author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann. The attack left the luxurious Mukutan Retreat lodge in northern Kenya in ruins, with the armed men burning down cottages, and shooting at Gallmann’s daughter Sveva as she was trying to get…

via Kenya’s tourism industry and conservation efforts are being threatened by drought-induced violence — Quartz