"Greed and corruption sway decisions that adversely affect our fragile planet and the teeth of the world’s largest living land mammal – the elephant. In March 2010 the l5th Conference of the Parties that are signatories to the CITES Convention will seal the ultimate fate of Elephants in Africa. Either the elephants will be granted a reprieve through the imposition of another (this time long-term) international ivory trade ban, or the demise of the world’s elephants will be sealed simply because signatories to the Convention selfishly seek trade with ivory consuming Nations above the survival of the elephants. " Read more here:
I am very passionate about wildlife and elephants in particular. I donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) through fostering orphaned baby elephants who are eventually returned to the wild. Ivory trade is diminishing their numbers severely... and why? Because mostly Chinese people want their seals made out of ivory. "Between 8% and l0% of
Africa’s remaining elephants (now estimated to number at best some 300,000, down from l.3 million 100 years ago) are being killed annually. Apart from the poaching toll, there is the unseen silent death of all the tuskless dependent young i.e. all calves under 5 years of age who are still milk dependent and cannot survive without it (some survive only thanks to the DSWT). Then there many others that have already, and will continue to succumb to the affects of drought since Africa is predicted to become ever drier and more prone to the sort of devastating drought experienced in 2009 when rivers and lakes dried up and elephants died in large numbers as a result. "
Please, check out the link above and look through the DSWT to see what an amazing job they are doing. Please, share the plight of the elephants with your friends, on your blogs, on Facebook... It would mean the world to the African elephand, all the caring people and me. Write to CITES (http://www.cites.org/) and help the African Elephant!!!
Here are the pics of "my" baby elephants:
Lesanju, the mini matriarch
Lempaute, the playful one