The Nature Conservancy Africa has an initiative right now to help save the Elephants. The #Elegram Project helps by raising money for each #Elegram that is uploaded. I made my Elegram using elephant shaped Gluten Free Graham Animal Crackers from Glutino. They are cute and taste good, but they can also help save their real life counterparts when I upload my Elegram to the #Elegram Project.
Before I was asked to help promote this project, I thought that the elephants in Africa were doing just fine. I thought that the demand for ivory was long gone, and that the elephants just did elephant things all day and did not have any worries. But, here are some facts that I learned:
Poachers take advantage when elephants are not being effectively protected. From supplying cutting-edge technology to supporting community watch programs, The Nature Conservancy is helping train and equip wildlife rangers to do a better job across the millions of square miles of elephant habitat they patrol.
An elephant herd can travel up to 30 miles a day in search of food, often encountering dangerous situations. The Nature Conservancy works with partners to form community-run conservation areas and to implement creative solutions, such as building a highway underpass to reconnect a blocked migration path.
Most illegal ivory is sold in China, where the majority of consumers are unaware of its origins and the elephant poaching crisis. The Nature Conservancy is mobilizing some of the country’s most influential leaders to educate consumers, erode the prestige of ivory and clean up the online marketplace.
Illegal ivory fetches high prices on the black market, creating a strong temptation for people living in poverty. The Nature Conservancy works with partners to provide incentives to people living among elephants to help keep them safe, such as better livelihoods. This is absolutely key to the long-term survival of elephants.
I was so surprised to learn that these beautiful animals were still being poached for their ivory! And, knowing that, I wish there was more that I could do. Won’t you please help the Nature Conservancy help protect the Elephants by creating your own #Elegram, and uploading it to the #Elegram Project?