Happy World Elephant Day!

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elephants-at-kruger-national-park-south-africa-by-kristen-gill-photography

Check out these lovely ellies from South Africa that I took a couple of years ago. I’m happy that I’ll be back in southern Africa this coming November, and hope to get another chance to “shoot” these beautiful beasts!

These animals are INTELLIGENT, ICONIC, and unfortunately IN DANGER. There is one killed every 15 minutes, mostly to supply an insatiable and unsustainable demand for ivory.

If you want to help elephants, here’s what you can do (according to worldelephantday.org):

– If you wish to experience elephants in their natural environment choose eco-tourism operators who support local elephant conservation projects and who treat elephants with respect and dignity.

– Be an elephant aware consumer. Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products.

– Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit.

– What do you love about elephants? Their intelligence, empathy and caring for one another are just a few of their qualities. Embrace these qualities and live them in your own life.

Here are links to some of the elephant conservation organizations around the world.

Elephant Organizations

Keep Calm and Save Elephants

Adventure on, and protect our ellies!

Kristen

3 thoughts on “Happy World Elephant Day!

  1. I didn’t realise that many were still being killed. Very sad indeed. I always thought elephants were very sweet animals if they weren’t being threatened, but I guess in this world where people are taking over the land they are left with small areas to live in…

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