Elephantopia is proud to be supporting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) in their International March for Elephants October 4, 2013. This will be a peaceful march to raise awareness about the ivory poaching crisis, with over 22 cities marching around the world.
To date, there are roughly 600,000 elephants living in Africa.
In 2012, 30,000 elephants were killed for ivory.
That’s 3 elephants every hour.
At this rate, elephants in Africa will be extinct by 2025.
Ivory sold on the black market fetches $1000USD per pound.
The illegal wildlife trade is in the top 5 worldwide illegal activities such as drugs, conterfeiting, human trafficking and arms trade, and is directly linked with terrorism.
The walk will raise awareness about elephants and the ivory trade, culminating with a letter to be delivered to Texas State Government asking for ivory to be banned in Texas. Elephantopia is working with local partners for this march. However, costs for city permits, printing flyers and banners, t-shirts and more will rest on the individuals leading the march here in Houston. That’s where YOU come into play. Please consider donating $1, $5, $10 or more towards helping us cover these basic expenses. Anything we raise above and beyond what we need will be directly donated to DSWF to support their continued care of orphaned elephants in Kenya.