Conservation Conversations

Elephantopia is proud to announce a new Elephant Awareness Event in the Phoenix metro area for 2019: Conservation Conversations. This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about conservation issues and ways to get involved. These discussions will be led by professionals from the field and will be free/open to the public. Our first event will be April 19 and 20 led with Fulbright Scholar Henry Mwape of the Zambian Carnivore Programme. For details, CLICK HERE.

Tell me and I forget. 

Teach me and I remember. 

Involve me and I learn.

-Benjamin Franklin

Cant Tu5K This 

The Race Against Extinction 5K Nov. 2, 2019

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World Elephant Day : August 12

A worldwide day to celebrate elephants and raise awareness about this keystone species! Elephantopia has been actively involved with World Elephant Day since 2015. Join us in the celebrations in 2019 - we will be hosting events in Arizona, Texas and Virginia. Details TBA summer 2019.

GMFER

Elephantopia has been proudly marching with the world since 2013, taking a stand against the illegal ivory trade. 

Join us this year October 7, 2017 or FIND A CITY NEAR YOU. 

The Numbers - Why We March

  • Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for it’s ivory. That’s nearly 100 elephants a day.

  • By 2025, elephants may be extinct in parts of Africa.

  • 100,000 elephants have been killed over the past three years.

  • More than 1,000 rangers have been murdered by poachers in 35 different countries over the last decade.

  • An elephant is worth 76 times more alive than it is dead. While an elephant tusk can sell for up to $21,000 on the black market,  a single living elephant can draw billions of dollars from tourists and photo safaris over the course of its lifetime.

  • Tourism from a single elephant generates $22,966 per year: Elephants draw in visitors to national parks and wildlife refuges in many parts of Africa and Asia, providing capital to local communities in developing nations.

  • Zakouma National Park in Chad has lost 90 percent of their elephants since 2002 due to poaching.

  • $1,607,624.83: How much a healthy adult elephant could have contributed to the local economy over the course of its lifetime, had it been kept alive.

  • 300: The amount of tusks collected and sold that funded terrorism by Seleka rebels when they overthrew the Central African Republic (CAR) government. Poachers often profit off of elephant slaughter as a means to fund human slaughter as well. In 2008, 800 people were killed by Kony, whose army was likely heavily supplied with guns and ammunition paid for from dead elephants.

  • 70 years: The average lifespan of a healthy elephant is only slightly lower than the average life expectancy of a human being (78.8). However, female elephants typically produce offspring every 3 to 5 years, meaning that the rate of reproductive activity is much slower and therefore the potential to wipe out populations in any given area is much higher.

Pictured below: 2016 GMFER protest at the Safari Club International HQ in Tucson, AZ

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