A wet and wild Global Walk for Elephants and Rhinos took place September 30th at Creekside park in Vancouver. Our Solicitor General showed up and gave a wonderful speech about the importance of advocacy work in order to affect change in Canadian  laws and regulations in regards to the ivory trade within Canada.


Press Release: Local Elephant Organization Urges Canadian Government to Step Up Efforts to Protect African Elephants


Elephanatics BC, a Vancouver-based elephant advocacy organization, is hosting its 4th Annual Global Walk for Elephants and Rhinos on September 30. The walk is part of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – the world’s largest grassroots wildlife movement with more than 120 cities participating worldwide.

The goal of this initiative is to demand that all governments take action to stop the poaching of elephants and end the illegal trade in ivory.

Every day around 100 elephants in Africa are brutally killed for their tusks. That equates to one elephant every 15 minutes. Poaching has reached unprecedented levels, causing both conservationists and scientists to estimate the extinction of elephants in the wild within 10 – 20 years.

The Canadian government’s track record in protecting elephants is lackluster at best. At the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was one of only four countries to vote against all countries closing their domestic ivory trade. At the 2016 Conference of the Parties to CITES, Canada voted against moving all African elephants to Appendix I to give them the highest level of protection.

In recent years, Canada has been the sole country to issue blanket reservations on all new CITES listings, and has failed to lift those reservations in a timely manner. These inexplicable positions put the Canadian government at odds with the growing international movement to save the African elephant from extinction.

Elephanatics BC has brought together a coalition of Canadian and international animal advocacy groups, to urge the government of Canada to fully protect African elephants. The organizations include BC SPCA, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Born Free, Zoocheck Canada, Animal Justice, WildlifeDirect and World Elephant Day Society. They have agreed to sign Elephanatic’s letter to the Canadian government and those attending the Global Walk for Elephants can sign a similar petition to be delivered with the letter.

The focus of the walk in Vancouver is to strongly urge the Canadian and provincial governments to:

  1. Make all import and domestic trade of elephant ivory illegal in Canada, as per Mike Farnworth’s (Solicitor General NDP) private member’s bill M 234 – Banning the Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns Act, 2016.
  2. Vote to move all elephants in all range countries to Appendix I, at all future opportunities.
  3. Update domestic legislation to facilitate timely compliance with Canada’s international obligations under CITES.

Sheryl Fink, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife Campaigns in Canada said, “It is extremely disappointing that Canada is not living up to our international obligations and it is setting a terrible example for other countries around the world. I would like to see the Liberal government live up to their commitment to provide greater protection for endangered species.” 

Event Details:

 4th Annual Global Walk for Elephants and Rhinos

Saturday, September 30 – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Creekside Park (behind Science World)


The event includes: music; elephant face painting and henna tattoos; an elephant market including t-shirts, artwork and jewelry; selfies with a life-size elephant; learning how you can help elephants; and a walk around the False Creek seawall.

 Elephanatics is a Vancouver, registered non-profit organization founded in May 2013.     It is run exclusively by volunteers who aim to help the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants through conservation, education and action. Elephanatics first introduced the city to the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) in October 2014 and has hosted the annual free event ever since. This year, the event will not be a march, but a -walk.

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is a registered, non-profit organization in the United States. It is a global movement demanding an end to ivory and rhino horn trade. The first march took place in 2013.

For more information, please contact:

 Tessa Vanderkop

Director of Strategic Relationships & Advocacy





Websites:       http://www.elephanatics.org  and  http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

Event pages: http://www.facebook.com/events/815113295321897 and http://www.facebook.com/march4elephants

Twitter:           @ElephanaticsBC  and  @EleRhinoMarch
Instagram:      March4ElephantsBC  and  GMFER2017





Global Walk for Elephants |Vancouver 2017

Hi everyone and especially Vancouverites,

Elephanatics is once again hosting the Global Walk for Elephants and Rhinos on September 30th | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Creekside Park |1455 Quebec Street | Vancouver.

Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory. Every 8 hours a rhino is poached for its horn. Conservationists estimate that elephants will be extinct in the wild within 10 to 20 years. Several species of rhino have already become extinct. Closing loopholes in global markets and decreasing demand for ivory and rhino horn is essential if these species are to survive.


The focus for this year’s event is on advocacy. Many people ask what Canadians have to do with African elephants. Well, it turns out quite a bit.

Canada was one of only four countries that voted against all countries closing their domestic ivory trade during the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. At the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, Canada voted against moving all African elephants to Appendix I to provide them the highest level of protection. In recent years, Canada has been the sole country to issue blanket reservations on all new CITES listings, and has failed to lift those reservations in a timely manner. These inexplicable positions put the Canadian government at odds with a growing international movement to save the African elephant from extinction.

Find out how you can become involved in saving one of the world’s most iconic, essential and beautiful species at the Global Walk for Elephants event.

While we take what we do seriously, we also like to have some fun so there will be face-painting, henna tattoos, music, cool people who like to make a difference and some awesome t-shirts for sale to help raise money for frontline conservation work in Africa.

T-shirts for this year’s march.

Posters! – Please share:)

Marchers toolkit 2017

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

World Elephant Day August 12th

World Elephant Day is a reminder of our moral duty to care for nature

Paula Kahumbu: Ending ivory trafficking should be at the heart of a new vision for Africa’s development

African elephants socialising in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
 African elephants socialising in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Today a life-sized ice sculpture of an African elephant will be placed in Union Square in Downtown Manhattan. Over the course of the day, this massive ice sculpture will gradually melt, symbolizing the alarming rate in which African elephants are continuing to disappear at the hands of poachers.

The event is one of many being organised across the world on 12 August to celebrate World Elephant Day. It is part of the campaign #DontLetThemDisappearlaunched by Amarula Trust in partnership with the Kenyan NGO WildlifeDirect to raise global awareness of the plight of Africa’s elephants.

To reinforce the message, bottles of Amarula liqueur will be released for sale without the iconic elephant on the label. The trust will donate $1 for every bottle sold between now and the end of the year to support anti-poaching efforts.

Initiatives like this are vital to focus the world’s attention on elephants. Across Africa, it is estimated that one elephant is killed by poachers every 15 minutes. The global demand for ivory is still the principal driving force that is pushing elephants to the brink of extinction.

As recently expressed by one of Kenya’s foremost supporters of elephants, the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, only a sustained global effort can save them:

Elephants have lived in coexistence with human beings in Africa for millions of years. They are part of our natural environment our culture, our identity and our heritage. We are alarmed that trade in ivory in other parts of the world threaten the very existence of this majestic species and we call on all citizens of the world to celebrate World Elephant Day on 12th August, by renewing their commitment to end trade in ivory. The only place that it belongs is on the elephant. Let’s play our part in keeping them alive.

The event in Union Square is intended to highlight the critical role that America and other consuming countries have to play, both by reducing its own ivory consumption and by building pressure for a global ban on ivory trade.

On an African level, poachers can only be defeated by adopting a continent-wide approach. Otherwise, when controls are tightened up in one country, poachers will simply relocate to neighbouring countries to continue their gruesome work.

Anti-poaching efforts, like other actions to protect the environment, will have to be sustained on a timescale that is much longer than the election cycles in democratic countries. Elections are a reminder to defenders of wildlife of just how fragile our ‘victories’ can turn out to be.

Americans will not need to be reminded how, in just a few weeks, Donald Trump has not only reneged on the global climate change treaty but also set about dismantling domestic environmental protection measures that took decades to put in place.

Here in Africa, it is not only the outcome but also the process of elections that gives cause for concern. All too often elections take place in a climate of uncertainty that allows unscrupulous people to plunder the natural environment, without fear of redress, with dire consequences for elephants and other wildlife.

During the current election campaign in Kenya, armed invaders have wreaked havoc in some parts of Laikipia, undoing years of patient wildlife conservation work. Not a single arrest has been made.

African elephants are the largest terrestrial animal left on the planet. They live in close-knit families, and develop lasting friendships. They mourn their dead, meet up for reunions, and go to extraordinary lengths to protect other, young and vulnerable elephants from harm. To know elephants is to fall in love with them.

It seems unthinkable that wild elephants should disappear. How can we make sure it doesn’t happen?

Care for the natural environment should be understood as a moral duty, as it was in the past by cultures with close bonds with nature. Our ancestors recognized springs, trees, animals, forests, reefs and caves as sacred and considered desecrating them to be a sin.

Most people in the modern world are only dimly aware of how our destinies are intertwined with those of wild creatures and natural resources. But science has revealed that modern humans are no less dependent on the natural world than ‘primitive’ societies. It has debunked the delusion of ‘human exceptionalism’: the idea that humans can somehow escape the constraints that nature imposes on other species.

Once we acknowledge that our natural heritage should be protected at all costs it is obvious that this truth should transcend politics and differences among political parties. Non-political organisations such as businesses and civil society organisations have a key role to play in maintaining this long-term vision in the face of political short-termism.

In Africa, this understanding should inform our vision of national development. People in developed countries are rich in many ways. But visitors from developed countries who spend large amounts of money for a few moments in the company of elephants are searching for something that their societies, for all their material wealth, cannot provide.

We in Africa have the opportunity to map out a different path. We can devise ways of creating wealth that leave our natural environment intact, as a continuing source of wonder and inspiration for future generations.

Support for this vision came last month from an unlikely quarter. Speaking in Nairobi on his first visit to Africa, Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire, argued passionately that Africa should not try to be like China.

The founder of the e-commerce giant Ali Baba might have been expected to argue that Africa should go for growth at any cost. Instead, he urged Africa to learn from the mistakes of developed economies and develop its own model of development, using technology to protect our unique wildlife and the environment:

Where else can you find elephants roaming around except in Africa? Where else can you find fresh air that is not polluted except here? When I landed here and I was hit by fresh air, I understood why people come here. It’s a business opportunity, so leverage that.

This statement from one of the world’s most successful businessmen underlines what a terrible mistake it would be to allow development to destroy our natural heritage. It should also remind us that Africa has a unique role to play in solving global conservation challenges.

This is one reason why the collaboration on World Elephant Day between two African organizations, Amarula and WildlifeDirect, is significant. We, as Africans, must be ready to assume responsibility for mobilising global support to protect our elephants and defeat the illegal wildlife trade.

Hub Cycling “Bike the Night”

Look for us at ‘Bike the Night’ on September 16th, 2017 in Vancouver:

We are teaming up with HUB Cycling and their “Bike the Night” event on Saturday September 16. Over 5000 riders will be decorating their bikes with neon colours and celebrating Vancouver’s only official night ride on city streets with music, games, giveaways and free bike maintenance. The Elephanatics tent will be giving fluorescent tattoos and body art, educating the cyclists and selling the Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant t-shirts.

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A life saver for elephants?

Elephants are capable of detecting an approaching rainstorm up to 150 miles away.

The elephants’ abilities are rooted in their excellent hearing skills. Elephants can hear sounds at very low frequencies, even those below the human range of hearing. It’s one of the ways they communicate with each other.

“If we’re better able to determine where the elephants are and where they might go, wildlife officials can monitor the elephants better and make them safe from poaching.” http://bit.ly/1xSuqnw

The magic of clouds and elephants.

May there be light at the end of the ‘funnel’ for these iconic animals.



Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant

Elephanatics at Khatsahlano Street Party

Saturday at 11 AM – 9 PM
West 4th Avenue from Burrard to Macdonald
Come join the fun at the annual Khatsahlano Street Party. Local bands, artisans, food trucks, give aways and more! Look for the Elephanatics tent where we will unveil the new “Ride A Bike Not An Elephant” campaign to protect elephants from the tourism industry. There will be new campaign T-shirts & elephant-themed items for sale, free temporary tattoos and lots of elephant information! Hope to see you there 🙂

GMFER 2017

Elephanatics will be hosting the Annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos 2017 in Vancouver again!
Mark your calendars!
Date: Saturday September 30th, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Creekside Park – behind Science World – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7

Why Join:
Every year people in over 130 cities around the world organize events to raise awareness of the critical issues facing the African elephant and the rhino. These events serve to keep political pressure on governments to provide solutions today and in the longterm for the survival of these two species.
Every 15 minutes an elephant is poached for its ivory and every 8 hours a rhino is killed for its horn. Ivory and rhino horn are sold illegaly to markets the world over including China, Vietnam, America and many more. Without intervention these amazing wildlife will disappear in the wild within our lifetime..

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