Project in Development
We understand that many communities working to support elephant conservation struggle with basic access to water and food, often living in arid or environmentally degradated lands and sharing resources with the wildlife. While we aim to build a program that directly supports elephant conservation it is important to us and our program to look at the entire situation and create a model that empowers communities so that they can better protect and support the local wildlife.
- 1. The lifespan of an African elephant in the wild is about 60 years.
- 2. At 11 pounds, the elephant has a brain that is larger than any other land animal in the world.
- 3. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining in the wild.
- 4. Elephants are a keystone species. It means that they create and maintain the ecosystem in which they live and make it possible for a myriad of plant and animal species to live in those environments as well. To lose the elephant is to lose an environmental caretaker and an animal from which we have much to learn.
- 5. There are two species of elephants, African and Asian, and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed.
- 6. The Asian elephant is endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide.
- 7. Recent research suggests that captive elephants suffer long-tern depression over the trauma of their capture and captivity, as well as drastically shortened life spans.
- 8. The African elephant weights 20,000 pounds and it’s the planets largest land animal. The Asian elephant is the second largest, weighing around 10,000 pounds.
- 9. Elephants have the longest gestation period of an animal at almost 22 months. A newborn elephant can weigh up to 260 pounds.
How you can help:
- 1. Do not buy products that have been made from ivonry or elephant bones and parts.
- 2. Inform other people about what is happening to elephants and share your love and concern for elephants.
- 3. Visit, sponsor and donate to elephant rescue and rehabilitation centers. There are many centers that need our love and support. This is a great way to educate children on these majestic mammals. These centers provide information about the elephants’ natural behavior and habitats and are an inspiring source of information for children and adults alike.
- 4. Do not support elephant circus performances. This is a form of animal abuse and it is best to support elephant rehabilitation efforts, sanctuaries, and other work that assists the animals in existing and returning to their natural habitat.
- 5. Share information, photos, and facts about the conservation efforts going on to help the elephant.