An Elephant is Slaughtered Every 15 MinutesKeith
Extinction of the species by 2025!!!
Elephants have have been with us for 15 million years and today this remarkable species faces their biggest threat to survival due to ivory poaching. As long as there is a demand for ivory, elephants will be continued to be killed for their tusks. Today it is estimated up to 36,000 elephants are killed annually, that’s one life lost every 15 minutes.
WHY SAVE THEM
If we don’t act now this species could be extinct in the wild by 2025.
In some countries of Africa including Sierra Leone and Senegal, elephants have already been driven to extinction.
Communities across Africa are dependent on elephants for an income through tourism. Saving the elephants also means preventing poverty, sustaining livelihoods and promoting sustainable tourism.
Elephants are a keystone species. Other animals, plants and entire ecosystems rely on them for survival.
Elephants are known as ‘nature’s gardeners’, plants and trees rely on elephants to disperse their seeds far and wide through their dung.
Elephant’s deep footprints act as water collectors for smaller animals.
By uprooting trees to feed, they control the tree population leaving grasses to thrive and sustain animals such as wildebeests and zebras that eat mainly the grasses.
Elephants share the same emotions and behavior as us humans. They grieve for their lost loved ones, they feel fear, joy and empathy and are highly regarded for their intelligence.
In the early 1970s, demand for ivory rocketed with 80% of traded raw ivory coming from poached elephants. A ban was put in place in 1989 by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and all international trade was prohibited in an attempt to stop this illegal trade.
Major ivory markets were eliminated and some countries in Africa experienced a steep decline in their slaughter allowing some elephant populations to recover. Following a ‘one-off sale’ in 2008, the illegal trade rocketed with 2011 seeing the largest seizures of ivory since records began. Elephant populations declined rapidly as poaching escalated across much of Africa, fuelling the black market.
In 2012, 36,000 elephants were killed for their tusks. A new high leading conservationists to estimate their extinction by 2025 if urgent action is not taken.
The demand for ivory is continual.