SAVE ELEPHANTS : BUILD COMMUNITY. That’s what Elephantopia is about. How are we doing this?
A Look Behind:
Elephantopia began in early 2013. One of the first action steps was creating a petition that received over 11,000 signatures asking Pope Francis to continue the work begun by Federico Lombardi (read his statement here).
Then in October 2013, Elephantopia joined forces with the Houston Conservation Department of the Houston Zoo and Whole Foods Market to launch a support march for the March for Elephants Day (headed up by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya). This march took place in over 40 cities around the world. In Houston, Mayor Annise Parker awarded Elephantopia with a proclamation that October 4 is “March for Elephants Day Houston.”
As the director of Elephantopia, I personally sponsor two elephants with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Naipoki and Rombo). I had the opportunity to meet Naipoki in October 2012 and look forward to seeing her again this summer 2014 along with meeting Rombo for the first time.
A Look at the Present:
2014 has already been a monumental year for elephants. China destroyed 6 tons of ivory and has plans to destroy another 28 tons. France became the first European nation to destroy their ivory stockpiles. The US tightened it’s laws on the ivory trade, banning the importation of ivory. London hosted a conference with over 50 countries attending to discuss illegal wildlife trade. And Elephantopia decided to launch as an official nonprofit. Below are our values, our vision and our mission.
Vision: Advancing elephant conservation through community partnerships
Mission: Working locally and globally to foster a harmonious future for elephants and humans through education, action and partnerships.
Our Values: We want to see an end to the ivory trade, a sustainable future for elephants, a harmonious coexistence for elephant and human communities in Africa, education and awareness campaigns in the US, China & Africa, and action opportunities for people like yourself to get involved.
A Look into the Future:
We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Texas and are filing paperwork with the federal government for 501(c)3 status. We are forming a partnership with an elephant orphanage in Zambia to care for Kavala, a victim of the ivory trade. We are also preparing for the second annual March for Elephants this October 4, to spread awareness about the ivory trade. I am very excited to watch this awareness blog grow into a nonprofit that is actively making a difference in the lives of elephants and humans around the world. Thank you for being a part of this community of elephant advocates! Take a moment to meet our board of directors and the founding partners of Elephantopia. Then Join the Herd to help SAVE ELEPHANTS and BUILD COMMUNITY.
Elizabeth Chitwood, founder & director