E is for Elephant
On the National Geographic site, ‘A Voice For Elephants’, Daphne Sheldrick, who has worked with elephants for many years, says:
“Elephants share the same emotions as ourselves, with a strong sense of family and the same sense of death. Like us they mourn the loss of loved ones. Each has an individual personality just like us. They can be mischievous, playful, hold a grudge or feel slighted.”
Experts are warning that Africa is losing 36,000 elephants a year to ivory poaching – for chopsticks and trinkets, mainly to satisfy markets in the Far East.
This trade doesn’t just affect elephants – elephants are an important part of the food chain in Africa and many plants, whose seeds are dispersed by elephants, and the animals unique to Africa that survive on them are also at risk of extinction.
Asian elephants are also increasingly being targeted.
This sad slaughter will not stop until there is a complete moratorium on the sale and use of ivory.
Mother Nature Network gives these guidelines if you would like to help elephants:
1) Don’t buy, sell or wear ivory – look at walking sticks, chopsticks, billiard balls, cues, dominoes, piano keys and carvings.
2) Buy elephant-friendly coffee and wood – sometimes these are grown in plantations that have destroyed elephant habitat.
3) Support conservation efforts –
4) Boycott circuses that use captive elephants.
5) Adopt an elephant.
I love elephants.
Poem © Liz Brownlee
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