Elephant Herd by Per-Gunnar Ostby

Every day 96 elephants are slaughtered in Africa for their ivory tusks. By next Monday night you will be disgusted to know that 672 African elephants will have been exterminated from the planet.

This means that 1 African elephant is killed on average EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES. Sick Yet? Not nearly enough…

Poaching of elephants has been accelerating at alarming rate. Between 2002 and 2013, 65% of African forest elephants in Central Africa were killed. They are being poached at a rate of 9% per year. All of this is to feed the ivory trade. But why the sudden spike?

Well, it is due to the fact that the largest consumer of ivory is China, followed by Thailand. Why is this increasing, though? It is increasing due to a wealthier middle class of Chinese wishing to expand their status. Ivory, indeed, is a symbol of power and wealth. By wearing ivory trinkets, creating ivory figurines, and incorporating ivory into household items.

7.4% of the elephant population in heavily monitored elephant sites across Africa was killed illegally in 2011 alone. These sites represent 40% of the total African elephant population. This totaled to 17,000 slaughtered elephants in these site.

The problem clearly isn’t going away.

Thermoregulating African Elephant Photo by Per-Gunnar Ostby

African elephant populations have fallen from 1,200,000 African elephants in 1980 down to 420,000 in 2012. At the current rate of habitat encroachment and obscene carnage, African elephants will be extinct in the wild in ~10 years.

You can help stop this.

Join us on May 30th at the Central Park Zoo at Elephantasia, a benefit eco-fashion show with funds being raised for the protection of African elephants. Even if you don’t like fashion + open bars + local/organic food + free sustainable goodies, it’s fine: please just come for the elephants! Be a voice for what you believe is right. Don’t stand here 10 years from now when the radio announces, “The last wild African elephant has been killed” and say to yourself, If only I had done more when I had the chance…

You can learn more about Elephantasia and purchase tickets here: http://gabbywild.com/

More to come on the current elephant crisis…

Stay Wild,

Gabby Wild