Today is World Elephant Day, a celebration of all the world’s elephants and the people and organizations that support them, and to bring attention to poaching and illegal trafficking that’s led to the slaughter of over 35,000 elephants per year. The Wildlife Conservation Society states that over 800,000 elephants have been killed in the last three decades. The number is staggering. The global elephant population cannot survive at this rate and if we don’t do something to curb their decline, they will go extinct in the wild in our lifetime. What an immense tragedy that would be!
I’ve had the great pleasure to see elephants alive in the wild. And it breaks my heart to think that they could be taken from this earth.
As a salute to these incredible creatures who’ve enriched my life, I’ve put together a little photographic tribute below and included a few wonderful organizations you should know about leading the charge in the fight for their survival.
If you have some extra money to spare, they are worthy of your attention and donations.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
“Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.”
You can donate directly to the trust or consider fostering an orphan. Last year I began fostering a little orphan elephant named Sana Sana and she’s adorable! For a $50 annual donation you can adopt too!
Save the Elephants
“At Save the Elephants, we believe that humans can help protect elephants and create awareness of their plight by uniting to spread the word. Any amount of support is vital to our mission to protect them and provide them with a secure future.”
“Tusk’s mission is to advance innovation to protect Africa’s wildlife and natural habitat. By empowering local communities and connecting global partners, Tusk provides promising solutions to the crisis facing Africa’s wildlife.”
If there’s an elephant conservation organization that you’ve worked with and admired, please tell me about them in the comments below.