Updated: Apr 27, 2019
April 16th marks international Save the Elephant Day!! We strongly encourage you to read our beginning of April blog which covers off, in a lot of detail, what these beautiful animals (plus many others) are facing in the wild today. Here though, we are giving you the hard-hitting facts!
Why do they need saving?
We can't imagine anyone here questioning this but we definitely think it's important to share with you some of the most horrible and daunting things we have learnt along the way.
It is estimated by the WWF that between 20,000 & 30,000 African Elephants are killed every single year.
They are illegally poached for their ivory tusks as yet another devastating result of commodification.
Over a period of only SIX years, Tanzania itself saw a loss of 60% of the Elephant population.
Poaching is now committed by large organised groups rather than on a small scale and the illegal killing is now more efficient than it ever has been before.
The poaching of Elephants is brutal and inhumane. We strongly encourage you to read 'An Elephant's Tears' by the African Wildlife Foundation to discover exactly what happens to these incredible beasts all in the name of money and greed.
What's being done?
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) continues to work tirelessly to win the fight and protect Africa's Elephants (as well as countless other species).
China, previously the world's biggest ivory market, has banned all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country.
February 2019, Yang Feng Glan (aka The Queen of Ivory) was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Guilty of smuggling 860 Elephant tusks which authorities say are worth approximately $6.45 million (USD). It took an entire year-long manhunt PLUS three years’ of delays but this sentence will send a strong message to other poachers and traffickers. Despite the connections the Queen of Ivory had with Chinese and Tanzanian elites alike, it proves that nobody is above the law!
WWF have teamed up with the government of Tanzania to help collar Elephants and monitor them in an effort to better protect them against poachers. The Washington Post reported that the killings of Elephants have started to decline and are slowly showing signs of recovery.
What can you do?
Never, ever buy or war ivory products!
Change starts at home! Lobby your government to prioritise the fight against wildlife crime!
Support and donate to conservation efforts (after doing your research of course!)
VISIT TANZANIA and be involved in the sustainable tourism industry. That's where we can help.
Contact us today and fall in love with these animals up close and personal. See with your own eyes why they need to be protected and find your passion for saving wildlife.
Jaimee and Steph
All Around Tanzania Marketing Team