ONE every 15 Minutes
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes.
Today is the International March for Elephants that is organized by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust through their iworry campaign. The peaceful marches will take place in 15 cities around the world representing the single largest demonstration of awareness for elephants. The ivory trade is an international crisis that must be acknowledged by governments world wide if we are to see any changes and hope for the elephant. At this rate of killing, African Elephants could become extinct in the wild by 2025.
March for the Elephants
Today, October 4, the peaceful marches will be concluding at Government Buildings where elephant supporters will hand over a letter carrying the voice of thousands of people calling for stricter penalties and urgent global change. The March for Elephants in Nairobi was canceled due to the recent events which took place in Nairobi in September. A vigil for those who tragically lost their lives in the attacks and also for the elephants who continue to fall victim to the ivory trade will take place at the Nairobi Nursery.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful baby elephant orphanage in the world and is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating baby elephants from all
over Kenya that have been orphaned due to poaching or human-wildlife conflict. The nursery is located along the northern rim of Kenya’s Nairobi National Park. When I arrived in Nairobi before meeting up with our group to head into the field to study, I had the good fortune to visit the Elephant Orphanage. This visit was #1 on my list to visit if I had any free time in Nairobi
I had the pleasure of meeting Edwin Lusichi, the Head Baby Elephant Keeper at the orphanage. It was an honor to shake his hand, look into his eyes, and thank him from the bottom of my heart, for the work that he does saving orphaned elephants. You can read more about my visit here: Spirit of St. Francis Lives on in the Work of Edwin Lusichi
Join the Digital March
Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, so it is the perfect day for the March for Elephants. And the perfect day to take a moment to participate even if we can’t be in one of the 15 cities where the marches are being held.
Add your name to the list of people around the world saying NO to ivory. Our signatures can urge governments leaders around the world to bring and end to all trade in ivory, permanently. Click Here to Sign
Take Action For Elephants
Take a photo of you with your iSupport poster, no matter where you are in the world and email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet the photo to @iworrytrade.
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