Today on World Elephant Day, let’s celebrate the beauty and emotional intelligence of elephants. And most importantly, please join the fight to save them 🐘💪 The future of wild elephant survival gives cause for both hope and despair. In 1979, the African elephant population was conservatively estimated at 1.3 million. Today, according to the most recent 2016 Great Elephant Census, they now number just over 350,000. In just seven short years from 2017 to 2014, we lost 144,000 precious individual elephants to poaching. Just this week brought news of a fresh elephant killing field in Botswana with the shocking discovery of 101 elephant carcasses in the north.
And yet there are glimmers of hope, stories of recovery and restoration due to the immense efforts of conservationists.
Last month, Wild Tomorrow Fund together with @elephantsrhinospeople and @ezemvelokznwildlife, moved 53 elephants from over-capacity reserves in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa to Mozambique’s Zinave National Park. They will soon be joined by 200 more from another private reserve in South Africa.
Last year, @africanparksnetwork completed the largest elephant translocation in history, moving 500 elephants from an overcapacity reserve to a newly secured and previously poached out reserve in Malawi. In Chad, Central Africa, the elephants of Zakouma, after being decimated by heavily armed poachers from Sudan, are now thriving with a 500 strong population, thanks to increased anti-poaching and international funding. China has closed its ivory market and New York is no longer a center of the ivory trade. The price of ivory has fallen from $2,100/kg in 2014 to $730 in 2017. We are making progress. Two steps forward, one step back.
Let’s fall on the side of hope, not despair, for elephants. You can help by donating to help support rangers and conservationists in the field, #makeadifference #youcandoit #racingextinction #elephantlove #helpus #instaele #supportus #stoppoaching #ivory #ivoryfree #nature #elephant #worldelephantday . 📷Thank you to our amazing ambassador @shannon__wild for filming this incredible elephant 🐘 encounter!