Baby Elephants Orphaned By Wild Life Poaching
By: Angeline Ajit
What is the Problem?
The problem is that in Africa, many young elephant calves are being orphaned because their mother and other family members have been killed to serve the brutal ivory trade. The ivory trade is basically the illegal trade of ivory that comes from the tusks of elephants. For an elephant, family is all important; a calf’s very existence depends upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life.
Here Are Some Fun Facts...
Nearly 100 elephants are killed each day by poachers looking for their tusks.
Back in 1900, there were an estimated 10 million elephants in the wild.
In 2014, wildlife charities estimate that there are roughly 500,000 elephants remaining
70 percent of the demand for ivory is centered in China.
Kenya alone has now lost more 85% of its elephant herd.
China has the largest market for ivory trade.
Since 2007, the illegal ivory trade has more than doubled.
What Countries Are Affected?
The main countries that are being affected are:
Kenya - This is because Kenya has the greatest amount of elephants being poached.
China - This is because 70% of the demand for ivory is centered in China. This effects China because the poachers are killing the elephants to sell and trade the ivory in their tusks. Especially in China, the worlds biggest ivory trade market.
What Are Some Organizations That Are Helping The Cause?
Some of the main organizations that are trying to help this cause are:
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - A lifetime dedicated to the protection and preservation of Africa's Wilderness and its denizens, particularly endangered species such as elephants and Black Rhino
Save The Elephants Organization
How Can We Help?
Here are some things you can do the help reduce the amount of poaching or elephants:
*Become informed about the issues involved in the elephant and ivory debate.
*Donate money to one of the organizations that help protect elephants from being poached.
*Spread the word and tell others about the problem.
*Do not buy products that contain ivory.
*Try not to go to circuses because, at circuses, elephants are usually being abused and treated wrongly.
*Support an permanent ivory ban.
*Foster a rescued baby elephant.
What Actions Are Being Taken To Prevent This Problem?
Some actions that are being taken include
Here Are A Few Inspiring Quotes...
"Protecting elephants is an important part of fighting climate change. Why? Because every day across Africa and Asia, elephants disperse billions of seeds, some of which will grow into the forests of tomorrow, sequestering and storing carbon, generating rainfall and stabilizing our climate. Save the elephants to save the forests to save the world!" -Ian Redmond
Elephants are a natural wonder of the world. We are proud and honoured to have these remarkable animals in our countries, but they are disappearing fast from many places and action is necessary. - Ibrahim Lankoande
Protecting elephants is an important part of fighting climate change. Why? Because every day across Africa and Asia, elephants disperse billions of seeds, some of which will grow into the forests of tomorrow, sequestering and storing carbon, generating rainfall and stabilising our climate. Save the elephants to save the forests to save the world. - Ian Redmond
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