According to our partner, The African Wildlife Foundation, nearly 100 African elephants a day are killed by poachers. At those rates more than 146,000 could be slaughtered by 2021.
So today, on #SaveTheElephantDay, we we wanted to take the time to show our love and support for all elephants, and let you know how you can have a positive impact in the fight to protect them.
The death of one elephant can have a lasting, negative impact. Each time a mother is killed, her dependent calves may also die, wiping out two generations at once. With slow reproduction rates of only 5 to 6 percent a year, compared to the loss of 8 to 9 percent killed by poaching (approximately 33,000 elephants). This translates to an annual net loss in population numbers, which are reported to be approximately 415,000.
Smaller and less numerous, with populations of less than 40,000 in the wild, Asian elephants are also in danger of disappearing. Over the past 50 years more than 60% of the population has disappeared due to the results of human activity, including poaching and loss of habitat.
Here are four ways that you can help to make a positive impact:
- Donate to organizations that help elephants.
- Abstain from buying coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm-oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats.
- Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products.
- Visit elephants in countries where they live in the wild – tourism benefits the economy, provides needed jobs, deters poachers and discourages abuse.
There is still time to reverse the clock and make a difference for these incredible animals.