It’s estimated 100 African elephants are killed needlessly every day by poachers for the ivory trade, and when the mother is killed if there is a baby elephant it is left behind to die. The longest the babies can survive on their own is two weeks. The elephant population has declined by 62% over the last ten years and they could be extinct within the next ten years. More elephants are being killed than born, and once they are gone there’s no bringing them back! Everyone can help stop this needless tragedy from happening by simply not buying ivory, otherwise the butchering of elephants will continue until they are completely gone.
Conservation requires balance between the needs of the people to be able to hunt for survival on the land, as well as keeping up the numbers of the various animals that are being hunted. Both humanity’s needs and the needs of wildlife have to be met for the good and survival of both. It is humanity’s job to be the care taker of this planet, and that means when something is on an endangered species list helping that species to recover its numbers until they are thriving again and removed from the endangered list. We need to keep a healthy balance and urge all governments not go overboard in one direction or the other when it comes to our planet. The governments in the countries where they are hunting these elephants along with the rest of the world should look at investing in the construction of legitimate industry that can help their people make money, survive, and replace the poaching which will come to an end anyway if the elephants become extinct. Putting a ban on hunting elephants is not going to work if people have no other way of making money or surviving the underlying problem needs to be addressed for a lasting solution to work.
Dame Daphne Sheldrick is known as, “The Elephant Queen,” and has raised 130 orphaned baby elephants over the last fifty years in, Nairobi, Kenya. She has made it her life’s work to care for these helpless orphans, and the love she and her caretakers show them is a beautiful thing to see. The work she is doing is truly noble, and her adventurous stories are very inspiring. Please share this with your friends and family, and help inspire and brighten their day too. God Bless!