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How You Can Help Save the Elephants on #WorldElephant Day

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.”

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Tusk Trust

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.”

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Thank you!

If there’s an elephant conservation organization that you’ve worked with and admired, please tell me about them in the comments below.

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  1. Stunning pics – thought provoking topic. Apologies for the blandness of my comments in response. I tried to think of suitable words to describe the effect that your topic, supported by your poignant black and white photos had on me. Suitable words of appreciation failed me…..

  2. Thank you for sending this important message out on World Elephant Day. Although I am a bit partial to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, these are all incredible organizations doing critical conservation work to protect elephants for future generations to cherish. The photographs are beautiful!

    • Thank YOU for taking a look and caring. I’m a bit partial to Sheldrick too, but as you said, there are some really amazing organizations out there doing the best against an uphill battle. And thank you for the kind words about the photograph. It’s much appreciated.

  3. Wonderful pics. I have lived with this animals all my life, in the slopes of Mt. Kenya, the fact that some of these were taken from Kenya makes me proud. Keep sharing.

  4. I am not typically an overly emotional person, something about elephants really gets to me. Viewing these beautiful creatures in such an intimate, every day setting made me tear up a couple times. Every one of those elephants is someone’s mother, son, daughter, and those little gestures of affection and protection are so tender. it makes them seem so much like us. Absolutely stunning. Thank you.

  5. Hey Susan,

    Just shared your blog on my Fb page. Stunning images (I seem to say this every time)! You really captured the playfulness and sense of family of these magnificent creatures. Aren’t we lucky that we’ve gotten to experience them up close and personal?

    Hugs, Les

  6. Cliché or not it’s a stunning shot to end on! A wonderful photo essay on elephants and your love and compassion for these beautiful animals shows through in every one.

Would love to hear from you!