BENEFITING: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA
DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF AFRICA'S ENDANGERED ELEPHANTS
Did you know that elephants will soon be extinct? Every 15 minutes an elephant is brutally killed for it's tusks. Everyday elephants are being attacked by poachers with poisoned arrows, spears, deadly snares and guns. Did you know that they are recognized as being among the most intelligent creatures on earth. That when a member of an elephant herd dies, the other elephants will gather around and touch the body with their trunks. They will watch over the body and make mournful-sounding noises for several days, only leaving the deceased for food. Elephants feel heartbreak and pain. Baby elephants are found orphaned regularly because their mom has been shot dead by greedy poachers.
The New York Times last yearreported that 70% of the illegal ivory trade is going to China and that Chinese online forums offer ivory chopsticks, bookmarks, rings, cups and combs, and advice on how to smuggle it.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is fighting to protect these majestic animals in Kenya everyday. Anti-poaching teams need a helicopter to respond quickly to wounded elephants and to catch the poachers and have them arrested.
Every dollar raised goes directly to the efforts of the DSWT team on the ground in Kenya.
We are in a crisis because there isn't much time to save the elephants.
Organized criminal and war lords like Joseph Kony are killing elephants to fund their illegal activities. So not only are we in danger of losing a beautiful , intelligent animal, but more innocent people will suffer because of the money made from selling the ivory on the back market.
Ivory poachers slaughter herds of elephants in Chad including 33 pregnant females in the worst mass killing spree this year
"Armed gangs slaughtered 86 elephants in a single week officials saidThe International Fund for Animal Welfare said it was the worst mass slaughter of elephants this year It is thought they were targeted by criminals who shot groups en masse a year ago, 630 elephants were slaughtered by poachers in Cameroon There is still a high demand for ivory despite an international ban"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295321/Ivory-poachers-slaughter-herds-elephants-Chad-including-33-pregnant-females-worst-mass-killing-spree-year.html#ixzz2lLDmVc4D
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