BENEFITING: African Wildlife Foundation
EVENT DATE: Aug 09, 2015
There are so many worthy causes out there to support. Most of the time my focus is squarely on agricultural issues but the reports I keep hearing on the news about the massive scale killing of elephants in Africa has really tugged at my heart strings and made me want to get involved.
We all know that elephants in their native environments are threatened but in the last few years poaching has escalated dramatically. According to a new study published by the National Academy of Sciences, ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years. In central Africa, the hardest-hit part of the continent, the regional elephant population has declined by 64 percent in a decade. At this alarming rate wild elephants could be extinct in 11 years. This massive killing is fueled by the ivory market and executed by terrorist organizations like al-shabaab and Boko Haram. These groups are equipped with advanced weaponry and use the sale of the ivory to fund their attacks.
Rather than being simply overwhelmed by such a bleak situation I want to try to contribute to the effort to protect these majestic creatures. I have already donated what I can afford but I want to do more and I'm hoping for your support. I will be biking 100 miles August 9th in support of elephant conservation. I'm turning to you my friends and family to help me reach my goal of raising $1500 for the African Wildlife Foundation's emergency response fund to deal with this urgent problem. I believe in our strength together and that our colective voices can be louder and our actions more powerful than these poachers and ivory merchants. Any amount you give is so appreciated. Thank you for helping to save these beautiful giants!