Nairobi, Kenya | February 2007
I made this image of playful juvenile orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrickk Wildlife Trust @dswt with @marvilacar a few years ago. The organization is doing an amazing job trying to save the African Elephant.
Today is World Elephant Day 2014.
"Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining. An insatiable lust for ivory products in the Asian market makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants. Between 2010 and 2014, the price of ivory in China has tripled, driving illicit poaching through the roof. If the elephants are to survive, the demand for ivory must be drastically reduced."
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