World Elephant Day brings attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants in order to help protect elephants from the numerous threats they face; poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict
Every 4 hours an African elephant is killed for its ivory. Due to poaching pressure further north, Southern Africa is now home to close to 55% of Africa’s elephants compared to 20 years ago where the figure was only 21%. The threat of illegal killings is, however, already being felt in Southern Africa.
“This much is certain: the richest wildlife communities in Africa are found neither in pure woodlands nor in pure savannas, but in areas where the two general types of habitat meet and become interspersed with each other. Elephants are one of the most important agents influencing the dynamics of that mixture, and their activities generally increase the overall biological diversity of a region. Conserving elephants, then, becomes much more than an issue about how to protect a single great species. It is about protecting one of the forces that shapes ecosystems and helps sustain the wealth of wildlife found across much of the continent. It is about saving the creative power of nature.” – Douglas Chadwick
If you would like to help elephants around the world, visit the World Elephant Day website and make a difference.