Antony Adler via Crowdrise
October 07, 2011
BENEFITING: International Elephant Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 27, 2011
Rika, Lisa, and I are running for the elephants. We intend to give a small donation to the International Elephant Foundation to celebrate my first *half* marathon and I invite you to join us in supporting this non-profit organization.
The mission of the IEF is "to support and operate elephant conservation and education programs in managed facilities and in the wild, with emphasis on management, protection and scientific research. Since 1999, IEF has provided support to over 80 elephant conservation projects worldwide."
Today elephants are under threat - see this excerpt from their wikipedia entry
"At the turn of the 20th century, it is estimated that elephants numbered between 5 and 10 million, but hunting and habitat destruction had reduced their numbers to 400,000 to 500,000 by the end of the century. In the ten years preceding 1990 the population more than halved from 1.3 million to around 600,000, largely caused by the ivory trade. While elephant populations are increasing in parts of southern and eastern Africa, other African nations report a decrease of their elephant populations by as much as two-thirds, and populations in even some protected areas are in danger of being eliminated."
These, large, intelligent creatures need our help if they are to survive.
"The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? And if the answer is no, then people worldwide have got to say: 'Yes, elephants are a glory and a splendour and a wonder and we should not be responsible for their disappearance. And we are prepared to do something about it'." - Sir David Attenborough