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Elephants!

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

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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.

 

Elephant, © Geoff Hall

© Geoff Hall

 

Defenders of Wildlife is working through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to maintain a ban on the sale of ivory as well as on regulations that govern worldwide elephant protection. ...more

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National Geographic has done an outstanding job for decades calling attention to this noble animal!

African Elephant

 

Loxodonta africana
Photo: African elephant

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

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Here is a Sanctuary right here in the USA for elephants:

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Aerial View of SanctuaryThe 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.

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And a perennial favorite organization: The World Wildlife Foundation



Once 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!



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Curious George | May 7th 2014 at 1399529529

Have you ever sat on an elephant like at a zoo or during travel?

Whenever I see them being lead around at a circus, I feel sorry for them. They seem sad.

My grandson said its illegal to sell ivory pieces from an elephant. Is this true?

Do you think merchants should be selling pre-ban ivory online?

I recently saw a film clip on the Discovery Channel where a giant whale will explode once it is dead. Do you think that happens to elephants too since they're so big?

Why do you think elephants are so big in size?
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | May 8th 2014 at 1399571261

Hello, Curious George!

Thanks for taking time to look at this blog on my favorite mammal! Yes, I have ridden an elephant and maybe that is what started by love of these magnificent animals! Yes, now that I am older, I do feel sad for those who are in captivity, and also for those terribly abused as work animals mostly in their native countries, and for the unthinkable killings for their tusks.

Perhaps you would like to follow a friend of ours who is an avid animal rights person on twitter: @minamaya13

Here is one of her latest posts to encourage all of us to speak out for animals to prevent abuse, cruelty and worse:

RT! Animals Have NO Voice So You Will NEVER STOP Hearing OURS #Voice4Voiceless
*SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION* #SpeakOUT pic.twitter.com/j9WPxAatXN

Yes, ivory is illegal now to take from an elephant and sell. No, we think pre-ban ivory is OK to sell and should be the only type sold. Please see this talented lady, whose father was an Ivory Carver: @EuropeanGoodies

She has a book out that you may like, too> Here is a recent tweet of hers: Tower with Mahout Vintage Indian Bone Elephant Figurine Pre Ban carving http://tinyurl.com/k5pngal

We do not believe that elephants explode as you describe for whales, but you may check on the internet to verify that. Did you see the recent rare shark that was found/released, along with intriguing aquatic isopods in the net with it? The theory is that the shrimping trawler caught all over the site of a 'whalefall', ie a place where a dear whale died and sank to the bottom of the sea.

Rare goblin shark reportedly caught off Key West: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/03/rare-goblin-shark-reportedly-caught-off-key-west/

Scientists Found Something Completely Unexpected In Photos Of A Rare Goblin Shark

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/giant-isopods-in-photos-of-rare-goblin-shark-2014-5#ixzz319CNMMMb

Thank you again!
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Curious George | May 8th 2014 at 1399575330

ok.
Thank you again!
EuropeanGoodies
EuropeanGoodies | May 8th 2014 at 1399578396

Hello all -
wow, Neill, you were following my posts, huh? I want to thank you for that.
Yes, my book is out, called: 'The Ivory Carver's Daughter'.
I wrote the history and story about my father, the Ivory Carver, his company, how it all came about and 'how we never did and do NOT' poach 'my' very beloved Elephants for their ivory.
I am crying when I see what thieves and murderers do to these magnificent creatures.
Yes, I did ride an Elephant - in Ski Lanka, which was the one with the small ears ;)
And NO, Elephants to not explode when they die ;) They know when their time comes and are seeking out a quite and recluse place to die in peace.
Elephants are known to mourn!!! They mourn for a long time after a loss of 'friends or family'. Isn't this amazing?

BTW, my very talented father also invented the VERY renown Snow Globe in 1951.
Yes, exactly the one that you played with as a kid. The story is also in my book. Quite funny and interesting.
Sneak peak in my book? Here it is: http://ow.ly/lbhtt
EuropeanGoodies
EuropeanGoodies | May 8th 2014 at 1399578561

Sorry, I meant a quiet, not quite place!!
Alas, I can't edit my post above.
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | May 8th 2014 at 1399578984

You are welcome, George, please read the posts above to help with more insights on Ivory!

Yes, European Goodies, we are all following you! (carolyn & Bootsie: carolyn660, BootsieBoutique and carolynnewsom for Neill) Thank you for your enlightening post!!
EuropeanGoodies
EuropeanGoodies | May 8th 2014 at 1399579284

Absolutely my pleasure!
I love to talk about my, our, this and the Elephant's history!
Bootsies
Bootsies | May 8th 2014 at 1399580286

Thank you so much, Johanna, for all of us!

carolyn & Bootsie for our brother, Neill, who loved Elephants and collected them for decades!

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