Elephants are a special interest for me. I have been up close to them unexpectedly, Moonlight Nightmare and in Kruger Park and was fascinated by their gentle nature as long as you gave them space and heeded their warning signs. Our largest land animal has an intricate social behaviour and displays a very high intelligence. Their interaction with their environment is essential for the well being of other species, by digging seep holes for water, by keeping the savanna open, making pathways that help serve as firebreaks, and also dispersing seeds. Our world will be poorer should they disappear.
My experience with desert elephants while at EHRA in Namibia fuelled an interest in Mali and Chads desert adapted elephants. And I have been following news of Stephanie Vergniault's work combating poaching in Chad -
The unseen elephant wars in Chad
Stephanie Vergniault inspects a recent killing.
Central Africa is one of the last regions with a sizable population of African elephant, but their numbers are only a fraction of what they used to be. In Zakouma National Park in Chad there are an estimated 600 elephants. Twenty years ago there were 40,000. saving-elephants-in-chad20 years........!
20 years of this!
Today , I have received this brief on a newly founded website that I now wholeheartedly support.
A small donation can be easily made at their website by Paypal.
SOS Elephants was founded in 2009 by Stephanie Vergniault after she realized the dire situation the elephants of Chad were facing. The poaching of elephants for their ivory was on the rise, while global awareness of the problem was down. SOS Elephants hopes to change that. SOS Elephants’ mission is to be dedicated to the preservation of elephants and their habitats throughout various African regions by employing methods in research, education, conservation and counter poaching disciplines. Specifically we strive to:
• Make the global communities aware of the fight for the survival of the African Elephant.
• Educate local communities and global communities alike about the important role the African elephant plays in the environment and the ecosystems we depend on.
• Work with and support local communities in ecotourism, something that elephants have a major role in.
• Contribute to the conservation of the African elephant and their habitats through conservation and education by promoting sustainable communities and livelihoods.
• Aid local anti poaching tasks forces in their fight against poaching.
• Provide a safe house for elephants that have been orphaned by the hands of poachers, in hopes that one day they can be released back into their wild environments
A small donation can be easily made at their website by Paypal -
Thanks. We need you!
Elephant culling issue.
Elephant culling issue.