Elephants

Elephants have existed on this planet for millions of years. Only two species remain – the African and the Asian elephant, which are descended from a long line of giant mammals, including the mammoths.

African elephants are currently found in 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Their numbers fell from 1.3 million in 1979 to less than 600,000 today, as a result of the ivory trade.

Asian elephants are found primarily in large parts of India, Sri Lanka, Indochina peninsula, and parts of Indonesia. There are fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the world.

Elephants are killed for their ivory, which is used for jewelry, carvings, and Hankos (name stamps carrying the personal seal of the owner). Public outrage and fears for the very survival of elephants led to an international ban in the trade of ivory. Though the combination of various loopholes and black market trade, poaching levels are at record levels.

Via WildAid’s public service announcements and short form documentary pieces, we are working to educate consumers and reduce the demand for ivory products worldwide. Our message reaches one billion people a week in China alone.

In Corbett National Park, home to approximately 1500 Asian elephants, we are working to secure migratory corridors and to mitigate the encroachment of human development on these corridors. We are also working to clear brush and debris from mining, which can severly restrict safe passage during monsoon season and other extreme weather.  We are working closely with government officials to restrict boulder mining, which increases the flow in the rivers, making it increasingly difficult for elephants to cross. WildAid also works with the locals and fringe villages to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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5 responses

  1. Thank you for protecting elephants

    August 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  2. t. sprenkeling

    you could be an very good example and educate asian people in particular, so they can understand the importance and the need for protection, because the demand for ivory, and the poaching, is coming from asian countries and that has to stop

    August 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

  3. BlessUsAll

    Yao, first I knew you as the giant center for my city’s basketball team, where you brilliantly defended the basket by blocking your opponent’s shots. Now I’m pleased to know you as the honorable defender of living beings — sharks and elephants.

    I admire you greatly for making a difference for animals with your words and your actions! In fact, I strongly believe your countrymen will soon outgrow their lust for ivory and shark fin soup, thanks to your courageous stand against these products and the cruel, unjust practices that create them.

    You’re now added to my list of elephant heroes, along with Lek (Daeng Chaidee), founder of Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park sanctuary; Edwin Wiek, founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand; Juliette West, a young activists for elephants and star of “How I Became An Elephant”; David and Daphne Sheldrick (you know who they are!); and Lawrence Anthony, the “elephant whisperer” founder of a Zululand wildlife preserve, Thula Thula, who passed away earlier this year, to the sorrow of his many admirers (his widow Francoise now carries the torch for South African eles and rhinos in Lawrence’s memory). Not to be forgotten are all the retired elephants’ human helpers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and PAWS in California.

    Today I sent the story about your work in Nairobi, written in The Christian Science Monitor, to Hai Duong at the Rockets; maybe you’ll hear from her.

    Bless you and all those who treasure one of God’s good gifts to earth: elephants.

    September 5, 2012 at 1:26 am

  4. BlessUsAll

    Yao, first I knew you as the giant center for my city’s basketball team, where you brilliantly defended the basket by blocking your opponent’s shots. Now I’m pleased to know you as the honorable defender of living beings — sharks and elephants.

    I admire you greatly for making a difference for animals with your words and your actions! In fact, I strongly believe your countrymen will soon outgrow their lust for ivory and shark fin soup, thanks to your courageous stand against these products and the cruel, unjust practices that create them.

    You’re now added to my list of elephant heroes, along with Lek (Daeng Chaidee), founder of Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park sanctuary; Edwin Wiek, founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand; Juliette West, a young activists for elephants and star of “How I Became An Elephant”; David and Daphne Sheldrick (you know who they are!); and Lawrence Anthony, the “elephant whisperer” founder of a Zululand wildlife preserve, Thula Thula, who passed away earlier this year, to the sorrow of his many admirers (his widow Francoise now carries the torch for South African eles and rhinos in Lawrence’s memory). Not to be forgotten are all the retired elephants’ human helpers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and PAWS in California.

    Today I sent the story about your work in Nairobi, written in The Christian Science Monitor, to Hai Duong at the Rockets; maybe you’ll hear from her.

    Bless you and all those who treasure one of God’s good gifts to earth: elephants.

    September 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

  5. Michelle Buckham

    It’s wonderful what your doing !
    Keep up the good work & keep us posted! Take care & be safe !
    God Bless You !
    Your friend , Michelle

    September 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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