A life-long collector of Elephants, I love these huge, awesome beasts! It seems as if they will always be with us, but as you well know, that is not the case. Loss of their habitats, natural enemies, environmental issues, and illegal Ivory hunting are but a few of the threats that they face daily. Let's all try to help these beautiful animals in any way that we can.
You know ways to help, and here are some others.
In Kenya, www.wildize.org has this post on Bull Elephants:
Tsavo Elephant Research (TER), Dr. Barbara McKnight Tsavo, Kenya
Tsavo Elephant Research, (formerly known as the Tsavo Elephant Conservation Trust) is monitoring the population dynamics of over 800 individually recognized elephants in Tsavo East National Park. Many of these known elephants have been monitored since 1989.
The current focus of the research is on Bull Social Dynamics; seasonal grouping patterns; associations between bulls and long-term bonds. The results of this research will provide insight into bull behavior and fill the gap in our knowledge of bull complex social interactions.
WildiZe provides funding for important data collection and research to better understand bull behavioral-ecology. ...more
From Defenders of Wildlife/ www.Defenders.org
BASIC FACTS ABOUT ELEPHANTS
Habitat loss is one of the key threats facing elephants. Many climate change projections indicate that key portions of elephants’ habitat will become significantly hotter and drier, resulting in poorer foraging conditions and threatening calf survival. Increasing conflict with human populations taking over more and more elephant habitat and poaching for ivory are additional threats that are placing the elephant’s future at risk.
© Geoff Hall
National Geographic has done an outstanding job for decades calling attention to this noble animal!
African elephants are the largest of Earth's land mammals. Their enormous ears help them to keep cool in the hot African climate.
African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa. (Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears.)
Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes the African heat is too much. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Afterwards, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust.
An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles. African elephants have two fingerlike features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items. (Asian elephants have one.)
Both male and female African elephants have tusks they use to dig for food and water and strip bark from trees. Males use the tusks to battle one another, but the ivory has also attracted violence of a far more dangerous sort. ...more
Here is a Sanctuary right here in the USA for elephants:
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and accredited by the Association of Sanctuaries, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. Utilizing more than 2700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Our residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants.
And a perennial favorite organization: The World Wildlife FoundationOnce common throughout Africa and Asia, elephant numbers were severely depleted during the 20th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable and growing, poaching, conflict and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. ...more
Whatever you wish to do to help Save The Elephants, please consider making it part of your regular charitable endeavors. Thank you!