It’s that time of year, August 12th will be the Third World Elephant Day. As conservationists and animal lovers; we must seize this opportunity to spread awareness. As we all know poachers will not stop unless they’re given a very good reason, and if we work together, we have the power to become that very good reason. We can work to reduce the market value and social acceptance of ivory, to implement better surveillance techniques, and to pressure governments to take an active hand in preventing poaching. We need to educate our people about the situation; some consumers in the Far East don’t even know that elephants or wild animals are killed for the ivory and rhino harvest to be possible.
Poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats faced by elephants and other wild animals.
This year’s celebration comes as a blessing to Kenyans. During President Obama’s recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia he declared a crackdown on ivory trade. He announced new measures that will stop the sale of ivory between states and include new restrictions on imports. It should be implemented by the end of the year and will help halt the rapid decimation of elephants.
We need to stand with our government and stakeholders alike to help them stop poaching in its tracks. If you feel inclined to do so, please consider donating to Amara Conservation and help make this a reality for the elephants of Kenya. You can make a difference; you can help us save the African elephant!