Thursday, August 11, 2016

World Elephant Day

Earlier this week, I spent some time discussing the Horns and Heroes project and the effort to project the rhino. Well, tomorrow is a celebration of the other large land mammal effected greatly by the illegal ivory trade: the elephant.



It is World Elephant Day. And the Disney Conservation Fund, through the Wildlife Conservation Society are one of many groups hard at work trying to reverse the decline.

from the safari in 1998 

Elephants from both Africa and Asia are under constant threat and pressure. Local farmers are at odds with the animals, and one of the things Disney is doing is helping to fund the construction of fences to keep elephants out of the crops. These fences hold beehives and elephants are afraid of bees. Not only does this program help protect elephants but it also increases the population of pollinators.



Habitat destruction and human encroachment is obviously just one issue. As we all know, poaching takes a tremendous toll on the wild population.



If you are at the Animal Kingdom and Rafiki's Planet Watch, you will see a display of origami elephants. Disney is hoping to display 35,000 of them.



The number is significant because, as incredible as it may seem, that is the number of elephants killed every year for ivory in only Africa.

By Safari Mike

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