Video: Stand with Kenia and watch the Ivory Burn live!! SHARE!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhEVn-KMOA8
Angela K. http://www.care2.com/news/member/340441191/3978389
Pls note: the following Elephant Petitions are closed: 45, 43, 41, 37, 31, 19 & 17. But I was not allowed to delete the old Posts because the site is not working properly, even if I asked the Care2 Support to adjust the problem!!! The others are still available to be signed
45) New!! Pet.: Save the Borneo Pygmy Elephant! ACT NOW! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/544/692/402/save-the-borneo-pygmy-elephant-act-now/ The Borneo Pygmy Elephant inhabits Northeastern Borneo, it is the smallest Elephant living. Since 1986 The Borneo Pygmy Elephant has been listed as Endangered by the IUCN as its population has declined by at least 50% over the past 3 generations, est. to be 60-75 years. The Species is preminently threatened by HABITAT Loss, Degradation & Fragmentation. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3835925
44) New!! Pet.: Justice for Baby Elephant, Agam http://www.petitions24.com/justice_for_baby_elephant_agam Sign to appeal for Agam, a 2-year-old baby orphaned Sumatran Elephant who died of a broken limb due to mistakes at the Elephant Conservation Center Saree, in Aceh Besar. The Sumatran elephant is an endangered Species & needs protecting properly. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3822292
Video: JUSTICE FOR AGAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3F41m0iJo&feature=youtu.be
43) New!! Pet.: Save Borneo's Pygmy Elephants From Palm Oil Companies! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/582/608/689/save-borneos-pygmy-elephants-from-palm-oil-companies/ Pls sign and share this petition in an effort to save the endangered Borneo Pygmy Elephant from becoming victims of the palm oil companies. These companies are poisoning these crucial animals that are strongly becoming extinct (only about 1,500 of the animals left.) What they are doing is killing the Borneo Pygmy Elephant by feeding them rat poison so that they will not eat the palm fruits. Anna P. http://www.care2.com/news/member/862450128/3820588
An orphaned baby Elephant basks in a mud puddle at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage within the Nairobi Nat.al Park, Kenya
Video: Elephants On The Edge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjGcb1_KizY&feature=player_embedded
Video: Elephants never forget http://elephantsneverforget.ca/
Video: ELEPHANT NATURE PARK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrsiGWC1mDY&feature=player_embedded
Pics: Training Process of Young Elephants http://www.dyscario.com/pets-and-animals/training-process-of-young-elephants.html
Jeannet B. Sara P.
There has been a spike in Elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, & conversion of Rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes, according to the Indonesian Elephant Conservation Forum. The number of Sumatran Elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) poached in the province of Riau so far this year is staggering, with 22 reported kills in the first 6 months of 2014 compared to 14 for the entirety of 2013. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3795956
Palm Oil & Wood Fiber concessions have taken over the majority of Riau Province (See green line)
J.J. World Elephant Day
Video: Elephants Reunited After 20 Years
Jenny & Shirley were at the same circus when Jenny was a calf, & Shirley was in her 20's. The 2 lived one Winter together, but then were separated 22 years ago. It's very rare for Elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity, & it's probably the 1st time it has been documented on film. The gentle giants can be very tender…
Video: Elephant giving Birth.....
A baby Elephant shelters under his mother
1. An Elephant gets a pedicure from a keeper, Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, UK
2. An Elephant tries his purpose-built swimming pool for the 1st time. Seemingly delighted by his 1st splash the massive mammal was enjoying the new water feature, Zurich Zoo, Switzerland
Police apprehend Elephant-killers in Sumatra Eleven people were arrested on April 16 by West Aceh police for allegedly killing a Sumatran Elephant. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3766575
1. Another male Elephant, Genk, was found dead in Aceh Jaya last year
2. A Sumatran Elephant calf
41) New!! Pet.: Plead for Investigation Into Frequent Poisoning Deaths of Elephants In Indonesia http://www.thepetitionsite.com/532/929/739/plead-for-investigation-into-frequent-poisoning-deaths-of-elephants-in-indonesia/ Sign & share this Petition to encourage Indonesia Wildlife Federation to investigate the reason & causes as to why so many Elephants have been poisoned. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3747142
Video: Elephant giving birth http://www.pelapapas.com.mx/htmls/nacimiento-elefante.html
40) New!! Pet.: Support Ban on New York Ivory Trade http://forcechange.com/106871/support-ban-on-new-york-ivory-trade/#.UwSR9Ns5CNQ.care2 The illegal ivory trade claims up to 100 Elephants each day. Out of the 350,000 to 500,000 animals estimated to remain, poachers target bet. 30,000 & 35,000 Elephants a year. For the sake of making ivory jewelry & other trinkets, the relentless slaughter of Elephants continues. Protect Elephants by banning all ivory sales in one of the nation's largest markets Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3739800
Asian Elephants console each other when in distress Highlighting Elephants' intelligence & social qualities, including empathy, is important to conservation efforts. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3739803
Global leaders unite to fight wildlife crime Gov.ts from all around the world came together at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London (Feb. 12-13), hosted by the UK Gov.t, to try and end the illegal trade in wildlife. "This is a crisis, not just at a national or regional scale, but one that demands urgent global attention, & so warrants high-level political support through the appointment of a dedicated U.N. Special Representative. It is down to Gov.ts to stand by their commitments now & put in place procedures & resources to tackle the crime back in their homelands.” Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3738818
Video: United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade
Palm Oil casualty? 14 Pygmy Elephants fall prey to pesticides in Borneo Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead Pygmy Elephants were found last month apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers to keep pests from eating the Palm Oil fruit grown on plantations to make cheap cooking Palm Oil. Please boycott Palm Oil. Orangutan populations reduced by half: Activists say that Palm Oil Deforestation & hunting have already combined to reduce Bornean Orangutan populations to half the total of the 1980s. At this rate, some predict the iconic animal could be extinct in the next years. The Pygmy Elephant, a rare Sub-Species of the African Elephant, is in even greater peril: WWF-Malaysia estimates there are ab. 1,200 left in the wild. Malaysian wildlife authorities have said they expect to find more dead Elephants as they comb the jungle. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3725543
A Borneo Pygmy Elephant looks for food along the Kinabatangan river in Malaysia's state of Sabah on the Borneo island
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39) New!! Pet.: SIGN IWORRY PETITION http://iworry.org/action/ Add your name to the list of people around the world urgently calling for a complete ban on ivory trade. With your signatures, we can get noticed & urge Gov.t leaders around the world to make Wildlife crime a priority before it’s too late!! At the current rate of Elephants being slaughtered for their tusks to make 'Ivory'- it is forecasted that we could see the end of wild Elephants across Africa in less than a decade. WILD is a film about the life of Elephants behind the Ivory Trade & Poaching Crisis in Kenya. What is happening to these keepers of the earth, what happens to the earth when there are no more keepers, & what is being done to protect the lives of these magical sentient beings. They physically and emotionally need to be rehabilitatet to return to the wild where the land has become a battlefield between man & nature. Did you know 1 Elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory? That's 36,000 each year & at this rate they could be extinct by 2025. Sharon W. http://www.care2.com/news/member/177558438/3707185
Video: WILD: Kenya's Elephants & The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust http://vimeo.com/76119923#at=219
37) New!! Pet.: Sunder the Elephant VIOLENTLY Beaten https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5188&utm_campaign=1213%20Sunder%20the%20Elephant%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert For 6 years, Sunder was chained & abused at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, India, but the Maharashtra Forest Dept. & Project Elephant gave orders to retire Sunder to a sanctuary. Instead, Maharashtra, who had given the elephant as a "gift" to the temple, sent him to be chained in an old, dark shed.
Video: Sunder the Elephant VIOLENTLY Beaten https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKqN1OODF9U
36) New!! Pet.: Save Borneo Pygmy Elephants from Extinction http://www.thepetitionsite.com/372/075/299/save-borneo-pygmy-elephants-from-extinction/ 10 Endangered Borneo Pygmy Elephants were all found dead in a Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island over the last year. The 1st Elephant died on Dec 29 & more continued to be found dead, with the last death on Jan 24. Sabah environmental minister said the Elephants probably were poisoned. Fewer than 1,500 Borneo Pygmy Elephants exist. Take action to protect them from extinction. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3680326
News: An Innocent Baby Elephant Was Taken Hostage & Killed as a Result of Deforestation http://www.viralnova.com/hostage-elephant/ Have you heard of Asian Elephants? We are killing them! Deforestation of the land to produce Palm Oil has led to the homes of Asian Elephants being destroyed. This baby Elephant is Raja. He was an innocent victim of the terrible war being waged in Sumatra over Forests. He isn’t the only one. Throughout Asia, Forests are being destroyed. The Elephants are running from the chainsaws & straight into the villages, causing the people to resort to cruelty such as this. Source: Goddess M.; Zoe and Art O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/974320643/3677268
Raja was being held ransom by the villagers, demanding compensation for the crops his family ruined. He was starved & alone
News: The amazing intelligence of Elephants http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/14/elephants-intelligence-pointing-hunted Elephants in Kenya were able to distinguish between different languages:
– English, safe, the language of tourists clicking cameras;
– Maa, potentially dangerous, the language of the Maasai warriors who occasionally kill elephants;
– Swahili, generally safe.The Elephants seemed anxious when someone spoke Maa; the moment she switched to Swahili, they became calm. Researchers have found also that Elephants understand pointing. It's more evidence of their intelligence, yet people still hunt them. Cal M.
In the Singapore Zoo a very young Elephant - Raja - "pretended" to play with my youngest daughter Jasmine.... when we had to leave his area he showed to be very angry at the beginning, & very sad after some minutes...He continued to "call" Jasmine because he wanted to continue playing...He was soooo tender: he had only 3 tough haircurls on the top of his head: he was so funny.
35) New!! Pet.: Save the Elephant from Extinction: BAN ALL TRADE in IVORY NOW https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_the_Elephant_from_Extinction_BAN_ALL_TRADE_IN_IVORY_NOW/ 1 Elephant is killed for it's ivory every 15 minutes (that's 36,000 each year), at this rate none will roam the wild in 2025. Most recent 2013 reports are that African Elephant Nos. are now bet. 200,000&500,000. The Elephant is being pushed towards extinction because of the ivory trade. The illegal killing of Elephants & the illicit ivory trade since 2006 has increased, with a surge in 2010 to UNPRECEDENTED levels. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3663884
News: The battle to save Sumatra's Elephants from extinction http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/24/world/the-battle-to-save-sumatras-elephants/index.html The conflict between humans and critically endangered Sumatran elephants in Indonesia has been going on for decades, with the elephants on the losing end of the battle. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3663088
News: Organization Estimates Upwards Of 35,000 Elephants Killed For Tusks In 2011 http://www.aboutmyplanet.com/environment/organization-estimates-upwards-of-35000-elephants-killed-for-tusks-in-2011/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Aboutmyplanetcom+%28aboutMyPlanet.com%29
Largely driving the demand for ivory & subsequently Elephant poaching are countries in Asia with increasing wealth. Wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC noted that Asian syndicates are behind the growing trend of poaching of both Elephants & Rhinos. In addition, ivory prices have doubled in the last 2 years.
The largest seizure of the year occurred this month on Dec. 21st in Malaysia. Elephant tusks heading to Cambodia from Kenya were seized & were found to be worth $1.3 million. Unfortunately the seizures may only represent a small portion of tusks actually being shipped between Africa & Asia.
The plight of Elephants & Rhinos is beginning to get global attention, however, the situation is not looking very optimistic for 2 of the most recognizable Species on the planet.
Video: Wildlife park cares for baby Pygmy Elephant http://news.yahoo.com/video/wildlife-park-cares-baby-pygmy-100552754.html
The baby that was orphaned when his Mother & whole family were murdered last week is being cared for at a wildlife park
1. 5-day-old female baby Sumatran Elepant, Kartini stands between the legs of her 40 year old mother Nina at the animal hospital of Taman Safari zoo in Cisarua, West Java
3. An orphaned baby Elephant walks through mud as tourists take pictures at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nursery within Nairobi National Park, Kenya
34) New!! Pet.: 96 Elephants are killed every day in Africa! We can stop it!! http://www.96elephants.org/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=WCS&utm_campaign=96%20Elephants%20Launch/ President Obama, I'm calling on you to declare a moratorium on ivory sales in the U.S.. Show the world the U.S. is leading the way in the fight to save Elephants as we stop the killing, stop the trafficking, & stop the demand. Last year, poachers killed 35,000 Elephants for their tusks. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3653895
33) New!! Pet.: Google: Stop trafficking in ivory! http://action.sumofus.org/a/google-ivory-trade/?sub=taf Google still traffics ivory - taking money from ivory sellers to promote their products. Google offers thousands of ivory items on its shopping sites around the world. Its lax enforcement of its own policies allows unscrupulous sellers to find easy markets for illegal ivory. Google needs to stop this horrific practice today. Call on Google to stop trafficking in ivory immediately. Source: Gabriela B.
News: Bornean Elephant meets Palm Oil: saving the world's smallest pachyderm in a fractured landscape http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1001-hance-othman-interview.html The world's smallest Elephant: the Bornean Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis). Although sometimes described as a Pygmy Elephant, they still weigh 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds). The origin of these 'tiny' Elephants in Malaysian Borneo have baffled scientists for decades.Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3651593
32) New!! Pet.: Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY http://www.avaaz.org/en/protect_the_elephants/ As citizens from around the world, we call on you to reject any exemptions in the global ban on the ivory trade, to extend that ban for at least 20 years, & to take all necessary steps to enforce that ban & protect the Elephants. Cher http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3626777
Video: Elephant Whisperer.http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/12189/Elephant-Whisperer “This is a personal story of one small woman's fight to save one of the planet's largest animals. Lek has saved hundreds of Asian Elephants from abuse, street begging & hardship over the past 20 years.' Source Sara P.
Elephant 'Angele' & her 4-month old baby Elephant ’Asha’ get a shower Budapest Zoo
Sharon D.: we need to do all we can to get the goverment to take a stronger stand & get results for these animals,we need to be persistant & we will all make a difference.thanks sharon
31) New!! Pet.: I pledge to support a world that protects Elephants, Wildlife & their Habitat. http://worldelephantday.org/how-to-help-elephants/elephant-facts The Asian Elephant is Endangered with less than 43,000 remaining worldwide.The African Elephant (Forest & Savannah) is Tthreatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide.The street value of a single tusk is approximately US$15,000. Col N. http://www.care2.com/news/member/550673189/3621600
"CITES has no cure for elephant poaching: Compromise & rhetoric are killing world's elephants" came the press release from several wildlife campaign groups. The groups accuse China, "the single country most responsible for the crisis due to its burgeoning ivory market", of refusing to concede that it is the main problem. The conference has been held against the backdrop of a well-documented spike in poaching: 25,000 elephants & almost 700 rhinos were killed by poachers according to the WWF. Some campaigners were saying this was a 'last chance' to save the elephant & rhino from unsustainable levels of destruction. On the opening day, Prince William addressed delegates via a video statement & urged them to "make a difference" as he described poaching levels as "shocking". The Thai PM also made a speech as the conference began, making her Gov.t's first public promise to end the ivory trade in Thailand. Closing the domestic ivory market in Thailand would also block a loophole that allows illegal African ivory to be 'laundered' through Thailand. So hopes were high. In the end, there has been no clear timetable for the Thai ban to come into force, & talk of sanctions against countries failing to enforce controls on ivory has come to nothing.
In booming Asian countries, ivory is viewed as a symbol of wealth
1. A ranger inspects a 10-day-old baby Elephant at Sarah Deu conservation response unit in Indonesia. There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran Elephants remaining in the wild, a 50% drop since 1985
2. 7-and-a-half-month-old Moses was found alone & close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. His parents had been killed by poachers, & he has since been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is being cared for & raised by humans
3. A villager offers flowers to a female adult Elephant lying dead in a paddy field in Panbari village, India. The Elephant was hit by a train & killed while crossing railway tracks with a herd of wild Asiatic Elephants
News: Elephants killed by train receive proper burial These Elephants were killed by a train in India. The larger animals, like Elephants & Tigers in India, when involved in such accidents evoke great public outrage. There is research on mitigation measures to prevent these but smaller Animals die in much larger numbers. There are no studies to show the number of casualties or species affected A female Elephant died after it was hit by a passenger train while crossing a railway track searching for food. Local Indian villagers buried the Asiatic pachyderm near the Panbari railway station. Source: Jaya S.
News: 3 Elephants killed on Indonesian Oil Palm plantation in Sumatra June 01, 2012 Three critically endangered Sumatran Elephants were poisoned to death within a Palm Oil plantation on the island of Sumatra. The 3 Elephants were found in 2 locations on a state-run Oil Palm plantation in Aceh province. It appears the Elephants had eaten poised palm fruit. Plantation workers stated more elephants may die due to the poison. The deaths come less than a month after another elephant was killed in the same district. Its tusks were removed, presumably for to sell in the lucrative ivory market. WWF called for an investigation into that killing. Conflict between villagers & Elephants is increasingly common as Forest habitat shrinks in Sumatra due to agricultural expansion & establishment of Pulp&Paper plantations. Some conservationists are taking a controversial approach to pacify remaining elephants by introducing semi-domesticated elephants into wild herds. The idea is to teach the elephants not to raid croplands & plantations or move through their former migration corridors. In other parts of the world, especially Africa, conservationists have grown chili peppers to dissuade elephants from entering agricultural areas. It's unclear whether that tactic would work with Sumatran Elephants. Less than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remain in Sumatra. The population is down by roughly half since 1985 according to the Int.l Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3382367
Sumatran Elephants in South Sumatra, Indonesia
Sumatran Elephants are becoming increasingly endangered due to the destruction of their habitat by Logging, Palm Oil and Rubber Industries. This has resulted in the animals increasingly invading local villages, at times trampling locals to death and destroying homes and crops, as they return to land which was once their Habitat and has now been settled by humans following Logging. Villages in Lampung saw 327 elephants invade in a three month period during 2009, causing death and destruction as their own Habitat continues to be threatened and depleted. Forest rangers and activists from the Wildlife Conservation Society are trying various methods to return them to the Forests, including training them to keep away, along with hunting for Illegal Loggers.
News:Pink Elephants were on parade in a Burmese zoo today & they were causing quite a splash. The mother & baby clearly loved having a good wallow & tooted with delight when their caretaker dowsed them with the hose. Usually their skin is a reddish brown colour but they turn a light pink when wet. They also have fair eyelashes & toenails.
Despite their unusual appearance, the rare jumbos, which are officially known as White Elephants, are not a distinct Species to grey Elephants nor are they albinos. Lindsey: http://www.care2.com/news/member/145521001/3159486
Cameroon:half the Elephants in Cameroon's Bouba N'Djida Reserve were slaughtered because the West African Nation sent too few security forces to tackle poachers, the WWF said. In what was described as one of the worst poaching massacres in decades, 200 Elephants were killed for their tusks since Jan. by poachers on horseback from Chad & Sudan. It was the 2nd major Elephant-poaching report out of Africa this month. In Cameroon, about 20 fresh Elephant carcasses were discovered last week
Congo: the warden at Virunga National Park, a U.N. World Heritage Site in the Dem. Republic of Congo, said poaching had become so severe that rangers began using bloodhounds to track down poachers. The Virunga Elephant population has fallen to fewer than 400 from an estimated 3,000 in the 1980s. Rising demand in Asia for jewelry and ornaments made from Elephant tusks is among the factors behind the spike in poaching.
News: What a Bornean Elephant wants: more protected Forests and wildlife corridors Forest fragmentation & destruction is imperiling the Bornean Elephant Elephas maximus borneensis. Using satellite collars to track the pachyderms for the 1st time in the Malaysian state of Sabah, Scientists found that the Elephants are extremely sensitive to Habitat fragmentation from Palm Oil plantations & Logging. Once the key forest Habitat for Elephants is cleared, and the availability of the food plants and water sources altered, Elephants are forced to expand and shift their ranges in the search for resources to meet their needs.
BodTai, roaming in a PalmOil plantation!!
Conservationists hope to establish a wildlife corridor through Palm Oil plantations to connect herds in the Lower Kinabatangan River region to those in the Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3103137
News: Elephant killers should be brought to justice, Indonesia’s president tweets [WARNING: brutally graphic images] http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0720-dparker-aceh-elephant.html Indonesia’s president spoke out against the killing of a Critically Endangered Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) last week, using his Twitter account to urge local authorities to take action in the case. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3613676
The Borneo Pygmy Elephant may not be native to the island of Borneo. The population could be the last survivors of the Javan Elephant race – accidentally saved from extinction by the Sultan of Sulu centuries ago, suggests an article co-authored by WWF.
Borneo Pygmy Elephant
News: 2 rare Elephants found dead in Indonesian jungle
Two rare Sumatran Elephants believed to have been poisoned by poachers found dead in the jungle of Northwest Indonesia with their tusks removed. Conservationists & officials inspect the carcass of an Elephant believed to have been poisoned near Pekanbaru, Riau province, Sumatra island.
News: Palm Oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran Elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory' http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1984027/palm_oils_forgotten_victims_sumatran_elephants_suffer_in_rush_for_liquid_ivory.html
Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran Elephant to extinction by eating, washing & wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat. Source: Sheila S.
Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3603172?cid=email_na
This young Sumatran Elephant, nicknamed Raja, photographed by The Ecologist, subsequently died
News: 35 Baby Elephants that Will Melt Your Heart! http://www.baba-mail.com/Content.aspx?emailid=4399&memberid=760606#.UajhZZywfwc
Source: June M.
Stop poachers from capturing Asian Elephants & selling them for Ivory or Tourism
Asian elephants are suffering greatly at the hands of poachers. The illegal Elephant Trade is flourishing in Thailand & Burma, where wild Elephants are captured & sold for their ivory or for tourism.
Baby Elephants are the most valuable commodities in Elephant Tourism, but they aren't required to be registered until they reach 8 years old. Wild elephants enjoy significant legal protections, but outdated laws & poor documentation make it difficult to distinguish between the "wild" & "domesticated" elephants, which can still be legally traded. Because of this loophole, baby elephants captured in the wild are passed off as domesticated with no documented proof. Requiring that babies be registered at birth is one compelling way to curb the trade & prove where the babies belong.
Beverly M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/904222254/3586090
Here is a new petition to free Mali
Target: Malaysian Gov.t; Goal: Demand Malaysian Palm Oil plantations stop putting rat poison on the fruit of the Oil Palm to prevent Elephants from eating it.
Thirteen Borneo pygmy Elephants were recently found poisoned in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Borneo, Malaysia. The elephants were found dead after consuming rat poison. It is believed that Palm Oil plantation workers distributed rat poison on the fruit of the oil palm plants to keep elephants from eating it. The endangered elephants suffered due to the Malaysian Gov.t’s decisions to clear Rainforest areas in Borneo for plantations. Urge the Malaysian Gov.t to stop poisoning the endangered elephants.
The deforestation of Borneo is causing a sharp decline in wildlife, including species like endangered Rhinos, Orangutans & Proboscis Monkeys. The clearing of rainforest areas is causing both plant & animal species to disappear. The Borneo pygmy elephants are among the animals suffering due to the clearing of the Malaysian forests. The pygmy elephants are a rare & endangered species, & no more than 1,500 animals remain. Unfortunately due to the high demand for the exportation of Palm Oil in Malaysia, Gov.t officials are clearing more & more forest space to make room for Palm Oil plantations.
A-week-old baby Elephant walks with its French mother
Angele at Budapest Zoo
Female Indian Elephant Donna takes care of her baby Elephant at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic. The baby Elephant was the 1st Elephant born at the Prague Zoo's history on Feb.11
News: Cites: bid to curb sale of ivory and Rhino horn voted down http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/07/cites-sale-ivory-rhino-horn-voted-down
Proposal to include more countries in a pledge not to sell ivory stockpiles before 2016 seen as legally flawed. The race to protect the world's Rhino, Elephant & Shark populations from the bloody trade in animal body parts have been at the heart of Cites endangered species talks in Bangkok.
Two wild Sumatran Elephants eat Palm Oil leaves in a private Palm Oil plantation in East Aceh, Indonesia. Critically Endangered, less than 3,000 Sumatran Elephants remain in the wild.
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Elephants enjoy fruit from an all-you-can-eat buffet offered to them to mark National Elephant Day in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand
Across Africa, elephants are being slaughtered by poachers in record numbers -- & their tusks hacked off with chainsaws -- to make luxury items, statues & trinkets in Asia. But in days, Thailand will host a key global summit on illegal trade. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3537387
Elephants are still being killed in their thousands for Bloody Ivory. Illegal ivory is still being smuggled out of Africa. We must stop this happening & support improved protection for Elephants. Your vote counts. Sign below now!
Watch: Bloody Ivory http://bloodyivory.org/
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News: Malaysia seeks more tests for dead Pygmy Elephants http://asiancorrespondent.com/97163/malaysia-seeks-more-tests-for-dead-pygmy-elephants/
An initial chemical analysis on 14 Borneo Pygmy Elephants that died mysteriously could not conclusively determine if they were poisoned, & more tests will be conducted abroad. The Endangered Elephants were found dead last month in a protected Forest in Sabah state on Borneo. Sabah is home to most of the remaining 1,200 Borneo Pygmy Elephants that exist worldwide. The Elephants are feared to have been poisoned because they encroached on Malaysian (Palm Oil) plantations.Jill: http://www.care2.com/news/member/478413351/3528546
Two Pygmy Elephants cross the road in Taliwas Forest on Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island
News: Did Palm Oil plantation workers poison 14 Pygmy Elephants found dead in Borneo? http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/did-palm-oil-plantation-workers-poison-14-pygmy-elephants-found-dead-in-borneo/
Video: Pygmy elephant calf desperately tries to wake up dead mother http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-l4pmbqoM4&feature=player_embedded
Palm Oil plantation workers were today blamed for the deaths of 14 pygmy Elephants on the remote island of Borneo. Wildlife rangers believe that the creatures could have eaten toxic substances laid to keep away ‘pests’ from the highly lucrative crop. The animals live on land in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve which is very close to Palm Oil fields.
The baby Elephant sticks close to the body of its mother, while a wildlife dep.t official gives it a drink
The orphan pygmy Elephant is being cared for at a wildlife reserve where it was taken after the death of its mother
A baby Elephant trying in vain to wake its mother with its trunk. She had been poisoned, along with 13 other animals. Their carcasses were found over the past 4 weeks on land controlled by Yayasan Sabah, the state wood & Palm Oil group. The Elephants all belonged to the same herd, which had been staying at the edge of the Rainforest reserve – in close proximity to a logging camp & Palm Oil plantations. “The Elephants ate rat poison. That’s how the plantation workers prevent the animals from eating the fruit of the oil palm”. The Borneo Pygmy Elephant is a rare forest elephant subspecies, of which no more than 1,500 animals remain – almost all in Sabah.
Malaysia continues to rely on exporting tropical timber & Palm Oil. Policymakers are in the process of clearing the last remaining rainforest areas in the states of Sabah and Sarawak for plantations. And with those forests, Borneo is losing an incredible wealth of animal & plant species, including Endangered Rhinos, Orangutans & Proboscis Monkeys. Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman is driving the deforestation by personally granting permits to clear the rainforest & establish Palm Oil plantations. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the state-owned Yayasan Sabah Group. In late 2012, the company started to cut down another 70,000 hectares of rainforest for plantations, leaving no room for the Forest Elephants. Call on Aman & the Malaysian Gov.t to put an immediate end to this crime against nature & to work toward protecting the Rainforests & their residents.
Source: Terry M.A baby Elephant mourning its poisoned mother
News: Malaysia sacrifices its Elephants for Palm Oil http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/newsletter/1519/f3e0303b95488bcebe4d258bd82475fa
A fourteenth rare Borneo pygmy Elephant has been found dead of suspected poisoning, Malaysian officials said Thursday, the latest in a series of fatalities that has shaken conservation efforts.
Meanwhile, an official warned that a 3-month-old baby Elephant, poignantly photographed trying to nuzzle its dead mother, was losing weight fast & may not survive. The decomposed remains of the latest known victim were located on Wednesday. They fear more dead Pygmy Elephants—an Endangered Species—could be found because they usually roam Borneo's jungles in herds of 50 to 60 animals. Masidi Manjun, Sabah's tourism, culture and environment minister, warned it would be a "challenging task" to keep the 3-month-old orphaned calf alive as it was consuming only half its normal 30 litres (7.9 gallons) of milk daily.
Only about 1,200 Borneo Pygmy Elephants, which are smaller & have more rounded features than full-sized Asian elephants, are estimated to be left in the wild.
Source: Myraida D.
A baby elephant stays close to a dead pygmy elephant in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, in Malaysia, Jan. 29, 2013. Officials believe the animals may have been poisoned, possibly by substances left out by workers at nearby Palm Oil plantations to deter the animals from eating their palm fruit.
Wildlife Dept. officials measure a dead pygmy elephant in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, in Malaysia's Sabah state, Jan. 29, 2013
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A 3-month-old Elephant calf tries to awake its dead mother at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia
Elephants are being brutally slaughtered by poachers for their tusks and other body parts. These magnificent animals desperately need protection.
NBC News recently showed footage of over 2 tons of ivory seized by police in Kenya. This was the largest amount of ivory ever seized at one time by Kenyan officials, & it represented the deaths of more than 300 elephants from Tanzania. The ivory was headed towards Indonesia, where a growing ivory black market has led more & more Africans to slaughter elephants in order to make lucrative profits in countries where the people typically live in poverty. In order to prevent the abhorrent deaths of elephants, Indonesia needs to target the markets that are demanding the product, thus effectively stopping the need to kill elephants for profit. Since the Int.l ban on ivory in 1989, the sales of ivory have increased by more than 7% on the black market. Ineffective legislation & enforcement have created ample opportunities for profits to be made from the deaths of elephants & rhinoceros, both of which are endangered species & are protected by Int.l law. Particularly in Asian markets, demand for this “white gold” has increased, making it more & more profitable for impoverished Tanzanians & Kenyans to consider killing these animals for profit. Indonesia is one of the biggest importers of ivory, along with China, & the Savanna African elephant is who suffers.
Savanna African elephants are endangered in many African countries, where fewer than 1,000 animals can be found. Once numbering over 3 million, now an estimated 350,000 remain, most of which live in protected South Africa. Poachers have drastically affected this population & are responsible for the loss of 90% of African elephants. However, without demand for ivory in nations such as Indonesia, poaching for ivory would stop. Ask the president of Indonesia to expand efforts to prevent the import of ivory into his country.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3518552
It is illegal to sell ivory from African elephants in Thailand, but it is completely legal to sell ivory from domestic Thai elephants. Consequently, due to the high demand for ivory, vast quantities of African ivory are being shipped & sold throughout Thailand. Ask the Thai Prime Minister to close this loophole & protect both African & Thai elephants.
Ivory is often used to make jewelry, Buddhist carvings, & various other trinkets that are then sold to tourists throughout Thailand. Many consumers have false conceptions about the removal of elephant tusks, believing the animals are left unharmed. In reality, many elephants are killed for their ivory. The biggest poaching problem is currently happening in Africa; thousands of elephants are killed each year, & the animals are quickly becoming endangered. The high demand for ivory in Thailand has led to the illegal trade & sale of African ivory in Thai shops. Thailand has the largest unregulated ivory market throughout the globe, & is driving the poaching & illegal trade of African ivory.The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the seriousness of elephant poaching. The WWF is urging Thailand to ban all ivory trade and prevent elephant poaching in Africa and Thailand. Insist that the Thai Prime Minister ban the sale of all ivory in Thailand & protect these majestic creatures.
Sorry but i think i'm totally losing track of the petitions i'm signing but i also wanted to say congrats for all your efforts for these fabulous animals. The info i can read here is fantastic but so sad some images that i have a hard time with. I'll keep signing away!!!
14) New!! Pet.: Free Mali From Her Concrete Hell https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4525
Mali is one of the world's saddest elephants. Why is Mali so sad? She was still a nursing baby when she was taken from her home in Sri Lanka. For more than 35 years, Mali has been confined to a barren, concrete enclosure at the Manila Zoo.
In the entire time she has been at the zoo, she has never received proper preventative foot care—something every reputable zoo in the world provides. Joint & foot problems are the leading cause of death in captive Elephants, and elephant expert Dr. Henry Richardson, who flew to Manila to examine Mali at PETA Asia's expense, determined that Mali already suffers from potentially fatal cracked nails & foot pads, which are open to infection, & overgrown cuticles. Since PETA Asia alerted the zoo to Mali's problems, the zoo hasn't brought in a single elephant expert to help her. Urge authorities to take immediate action to transfer Mali to a sanctuary.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3514124
A herd of Elephants walks past a watering hole supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators that run continuously to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange Nat.l park, Zimbabwe
Hong Kong customs officers have made a record seizure of smuggled ivory, discovering more than 1,200 Elephant tusks & a batch of ivory ornaments estim. to be worth more than $3.3m. Gov.ts gathering for a meeting of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime have recognized Environmental crime as a new form of Int.l organized crime in need of a greater response
12 pets signed -- i wish we could do more -- i wish someone could do more -- to stop this cruel and unconscionable savagery against the elephants -- who has the authority to put a stop to this horror? where are your leaders when you really need them! We really need them -- NOW -- to save the elephants from the barbaric slaughter of demented humans!
I'm leaving Rome very early tomorrow morning: going to Sweden, Goteborg, coming back on Oct. 24. I'll have my computer with me, but Pls. send only urgent things & Please...NO FWDs HUGS to EVERYBODY!!! Michela
A 5-month-old orphaned Elephant named Tembo plays at Tony Fitzjohn's Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania
Hi dear Michela, thank you for the card and messages. I know how it feels to fight for the survival of the animals you love, against the killing instinct of the 'naked apes' I grew up in Kenya and saw the Serengeti in the late 1950's. The heart of Africa, a place of magic, the Kenyan government want's to sell it to the Chinese for trophy hunting! I was living at the Manor Hotel Mombasa and the 'great(?)white hunters' would laugh at me when I expressed my disgust at the elephant feet ashtrays and animal heads mounted on the walls.
from Ellen G.:
Michela ~ You are a wonderful person. Thanks so much for all you do for our animals. Thank you for your friendship. Kathy P.
Target: The EU Environment Agency - Ivory trade was banned over 22 years ago, but Elephant poaching is still rampant, with last year being the worst year yet. China accounts for over half of all ivory sales. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling for an independent investigation of the ivory trade in China & other countries authorized to buy ivory.
Several years ago, China pledged to stamp out the illegal ivory market with strict control systems, but this has yet to happen. The EIA’s most recent undercover investigation shows that up to 90% of ivory available on China’s “legal” market was derived from illegal sources. The agency also claims that China was making outrageous profits by selling kilos of ivory to traders for almost 10 times their purchased price.
38,000 Elephants poached worldwide in 2006: 8% of Africa’s remaining Elephants. Scientists say: if countries do not crack down on poaching & illegal trade, African Elephants could be EXTINCT by 2020.
News: Elephant Clinic a Step Toward Popular Conservation
Feb. 01, 2012 -Forestry Minister says an Elephant hospital planned for Lampung is a major step toward getting the wider public involved in wildlife conservation.
“All parties, especially the people, must be more concerned about conservation,” he said on Tuesday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the hospital in the Way Kambas National Park. The hospital will be the first of its kind in Asia.
The Elephant hospital, which is also expected to treat Sumatran Tigers, Rhinos and other Species native to the 1,300-square-kilometer park, is a joint effort by the Forestry Ministry, the Lampung administration, Australia Zoo and Taman Safari Indonesia. In addition to being the 1st facility of its kind in Asia, the hospital would also eventually become the biggest Elephant hospital in the world. The current holder of that title is the 81-hectare Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.
A wild Sumatran Elephant is seen roaming the forest in Perawang, Riau province. Indonesia’s Endangered Elephants, Tigers and Orangutans on Sumatra island are threatened by Habitat Loss and Poaching
News: Forest Elephants Are Running Out of Space http://www.wcs.org/wcs-org/press/press-releases/access-points-in-rainforests-bad-for-forest-elephants.aspx
This applies also to Rainforests in Indonesia and local Asiatic Elephants!!!!
Thanks to Myraida D. for the article
“Many Endangered Species, including the Bornean Elephant and the Orangutan, are finally being helped to safe havens via “corridors” through vast Oil Palm plantations that have encroached into their Home.
With the Habitats of these mammals becoming increasingly fragmented due to the rapid Clearing of Forests for Oil Palm and other industrial tree Plantations, animal corridors linking them to untouched Forests may be the only way to ensure their survival.”
1) Petition to save the Asian Elephant 16,981 Signatures - You call on Governments throughout the world to recognize the urgency of this crisis and to provide sufficient initiative and investment for securing a viable future for the Endangered Asian Elephant, its Habitat of high Biodiversity, and for the Local Communities that co-exist with Elephants.
2) (Care2) Saving Endangered Asian Elephants in Sumatra 781 Signatures - Tesso Nilo Nat.l Park in Sumatra is critical to the conservation of Endangered Asian Elephants and other animals and plants of the Rainforest in Indonesia, it was created in 2004. Encourage the Government of Indonesia to continue to support the full protection of the park!.
There is compelling evidence: paying to conserve billions of tons of carbon stored in tropical Forests could also protect Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants, & other Wildlife at risk of Extinction. There is quantitative evidence linking the drive to reduce carbon emissions from Forests with the push to preserve threatened Mammal Biodiversity.To use carbon payments to conserve Forests will be a major topic at the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for December in Copenhagen. Negotiators will be discussing the creation of a global framework to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD): Countries that reduce their Deforestation rates could gain credits for reduced emissions, which would be sold on an international carbon market or compensated through an international fund. Advocates of this approach hope that the co-benefits of these kinds of mechanisms, such as saving Endangered Species, could boost their appeal. Destruction of Sumatra Forests driving Global Climate Change and Species Extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's Forests & Peat Swamps into pulpwood & Palm Oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands & rapidly driving the province's Elephants into extinction. Javan elephants went Extinct some time after Europeans arrived in Southeast Asia, but roughly 1,000 Elephants exist today on Borneo: limited to the Malaysian state of Sabah in Northeastern Borneo, are losing Habitat to Logging & Oil Palm plantations. Asian Elephant is a Species belonging to the family of Elephants (Elephantidae), which is included in the mammal order of Proboscidea. It was formerly called Indian elephant, which is a confusing name, since Asian elephants occur in 13 Asian Countries, from west India, to southern China, & in Southeast from the Malay peninsula to the islands Sumatra & Borneo. Distribution on wild Elephant population & Elephant Conservation Centres in Sumatra