TODAY IS THE DAY! !!!
(1/4) People always ask me why I collect elephants and spend my phree time running an elephant Instagram account. Most assume I collect elephants because of their reputation as good luck charms. While there is certainly a level of truth to that explanation, I have come to see a deeper connection between my extensive collection and the elephant species itself. The cliché of “an elephant’s memory” does not exist without reason; it is biologically proven that elephants have miraculous memories. In phact, elephants have been known to leave the burial site of a stillborn calph (elephants are the only other animals other than humans that bury their dead—they use their tusks to dig) and return to the exact spot as many as 20 years later to grieve. They cry real tears. Elephants remember immaculately. To me, my collection is just that: a compilation of memories of my moments in my own life (shoutout to everyone who's contributed to the collection over the years!) that make up a larger reminder of something extraordinarily important to me: keeping elephants around as an existing species. Unphortunately, the prospect of extinction is not far off. Elephants could very well disappear within an estimated 10 years—and not from natural causes, but rather at the reckless hand of humans. Both species of elephant (African and Asian) are incredibly intelligent, selph-aware, and emotionally mature. Studies have proven their miraculous human-like tendencies time and again. But, ironically, humans are the ones that will soon wipe them out altogether. The plight of the Aphrican Elephant is due to illegal poaching for their ivory tusks. Constant murder of these animals—estimated to take place every 15 minutes—is perpetuated by an insatiable desire for ivory phigurines, jewelry, and other decorative items with no practical use. Despite varying degrees of legality on the buying and selling of the commodity, the ivory trade is present in most countries—including the US. Data recently showed that ivory sales in Washington, DC have actually increased three-phold over the past decade. Thousands of ivory items were sold in antique shops,...
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