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It’s #WorldElephantDay August 12th!

DONATE TODAY * Donations to Elephanatics will be sent to SEEDBALLS Kenya to purchase seedballs for @MaraElephantProject in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

We Are Excited!

Elephanatics has recently partnered with SEEDBALLS Kenya!

SEEDBALLS Kenya is an African based organization that has pioneered a method of mass producing seedballs for low cost and efficient reintroduction of trees and grass species into degraded areas in Africa.

What is a seedball? A Seedball is simply that – a seed inside of a ball of charcoal dust mixed with some nutritious binders. SEEDBALLS Kenya focuses on helping reduce the cost of planting various useful indigenous plant species (mostly trees and grass) in Kenya. The biochar coating of the ball helps protect the seed within from predators such as birds, rodents and insects and extremes of temperature until the rains arrive! Once soaked, the seedball helps retain and prolong a moist environment around the seed to encourage germination. Seedballs are a nature-based solution to biodiversity and ecosystem loss.

Human activity is degrading ecosystems and driving biodiversity loss faster than ever before. The speed at which species are disappearing is at least 100 times higher than the natural rate of extinction. If we don’t stop this, at the current rate it will take millions of years for diversity to be restored to pre industrial levels. Africa is suffering from an unprecedented decline in biodiversity due to extensive agricultural practices, population growth, illicit wildlife trafficking, development, and more. In the last forty years, elephant habitat has decreased by nearly two thirds largely due to human activities.

We are happy to promote the outstanding work SEEDBALLS Kenya does in assisting with restoring and reforesting areas of Africa hardest hit by habitat destruction.

Please join us this World Elephant Day and Donate to Propagate! 

For more information on SEEDBALLS Kenya go to: https://www.seedballskenya.com/seedballs

DONATE TODAY * Donations to Elephanatics will be sent to SEEDBALLS Kenya to purchase seedballs for @MaraElephantProject in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

 

Pandemic – Here We Are Two Years + Later – What Have We Learned?

Here we are two years + later. What have we learned?

Elephanatics Facebook post March 2020  –  Patience and Perseverance vs Pandemic.

While we all have time to ‘sit this one out’ for the unforeseeable future, it would be best to try and practice the moral edicts of patience and perseverance, for the good of all. In times of solitude, consider taking a moment to reflect and ponder the bigger questions the universe and mother nature is striving to ask us.
Do you think this pandemic is a permanent wake up call? Or, do you feel things will go back to the ‘status quo’ once this virus has passed? Will you continue to take things for granted moving forward? Has your perspective changed about what is important to you? If so, on how many levels and to what degree?
If we were elephants, we would most likely know the answers already. But, we are not. We are mere mortals lost in a quagmire of confusion just trying the best we can to deal with an unknown entity that has globally disrupted our lives and is killing us.
During such a time of uncertainty, the emphasis should be on compassion and understanding, not a constant battering of personal viewpoints, but rather the ability to try and be easy on each other. Being compliant when necessary and compromising to create a smoother outcome in a time of crisis. We need to work together and stop the polarization from politics and other persuasions. We literally need to ‘sit this one out’ until it is over and learn from it. We must learn, for the sake of all humanity.
Fast Forward to July, 2022
Here we are two and a half years since the dreaded pandemic hit turning the world upside down and creating hermits out of all of us. And, what have we learned?
I think I am safe to say, we have learned we still have far more to learn, and do, if we want to survive as a species.
Recently, an article published in Science magazine stated that the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of differing debates on the root source and cause of COVID-19, the best research has found that the unsanitary conditions associated with the live wildlife market trade in China to be the culprit.
An excerpt from the Abstract explains………”While there is insufficient evidence to define upstream events, and exact circumstances remain obscure, our analyses indicate that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 occurred via the live wildlife trade in China, and show that the Huanan market was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Please read full paper: https://bit.ly/3Bowhu5
Personally, I have learned that a lot can be accomplished when adversity hits. Collectively, as a species, I feel the stress and heartbreak from this viral disease has caused irreparable damage to so many that the lessons we should have learned to be more patient, compassionate, and to persevere, have been overshadowed by pain, remorse, and anger. As a people we seem to have become more divided and isolated in our thoughts and our freedom of speech attacked from all angles.
* The war in Ukraine has aptly pointed out the necessity to be more thankful.
* To be Grateful for all we have.
* To be humble.
* To give back.
As we face the next hurdle of this ongoing pandemic we need to turn our attention and focus to the root cause of how and why it started. The mistreatment of animals and wildlife needs to be eradicated at the source with stronger sentencing and laws passed to end the illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife markets are incubators for future pandemics and are cruel and inhumane repositories that should be banned permanently. To reduce the risk of future pandemics we must understand, and limit, the routes and opportunities for virus spillover and work to close wet markets that facilitate the opportunity for such viruses to breed.  More time and energy is needed to support organizations that fight to protect these species. Extinction is categorically the worst option.
This will not be our last pandemic. Let’s keep learning and working together to prevent another catastrophe for both humans and animals.
Please help us protect elephants and the innocent animals that we depend on for our own survival by signing letter https://bit.ly/38pmlSn and petition change.org/IvoryFreeCanada

To volunteer contact – elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Students Stand Up for Elephants!

A Big Shout Out Of Thanks!
Elementary students in grades 2 and 3 share what they have learned from their 5 month project on endangered wildlife with an emphasis on elephants!
We thank their teacher for her support of Elephanatics work and the students for their creativity and love of elephants.
More to come in the following days from these incredible students!

World female Ranger Week – Mara Elephant Project Donation

We support Mara Elephant Project and the woman rangers who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect wildlife and biodiversity in the Maasai Mara.
Elephanatics has gladly donated $1,500.00 today to show our thanks.
* For one week in June, we stop to celebrate women serving on the frontline of the battle for biodiversity. World Female Ranger Week is amplifying the voices of female rangers around the world to celebrate their impactful work. Mara Elephant Project’s female rangers are protecting wildlife, empowering women and uplifting the communities they are from. We’re excited to spend the week celebrating them.
Join us.
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For one week in June, we stop to celebrate women serving on the frontline of the battle for biodiversity. World Female Ranger Week is amplifying the voices of female rangers around the world to celebrate their impactful work. Mara Elephant Project’s female rangers are protecting wildlife, empowering women and uplifting the communities they are from. We’re excited to spend the week celebrating them. Join us.

Classroom Presentation – East Kensington Elementary School

“Teaching kids to count is good but teaching them what counts is best.”
We had a wonderful day at East Kensington Elementary School yesterday delivering a classroom presentation to a grade one class about the importance of the elephant and the ecosystems in which it lives. One of the students – Kaiden – taught the class how to make ‘elephant toothpaste’ by way of video. A fun experiment to try at home but not use as actual toothpaste!
Very happy to say the students loved learning about these gentle giants and already knew a lot about them! Bravo to the parents and teachers who teach about the wild places!

It’s Friday the 13th but Good Luck for Us!

ELEPHACT FRIDAY:
Volunteers Make ALL The Difference! 
A big thank you to our grade 11 student volunteer, Muskan Sadioura, who has been super proactive in sharing Elephanatics mission to protect the African and Asian elephant!
Muskan is a student at Fleetwood Park Secondary School in Surrey and has worked diligently at sharing our lesson plans with teachers, encouraging other students to support us, and has given an announcement to her whole school about our organization.
She will be introducing Elephanatics to her elementary school’s student council this June and will give a school wide announcement next October about our organization. She has also offered to deliver presentations to summer camps that have requested us to speak this summer.
We can’t thank her enough for her passion and drive to support elephants and her desire to give back to the community.
Thank you, Muskan!!
Pic 1) Muskan delivers announcement to school.
Pic 2) Display in Fleetwood Park Secondary School hall on elephants.

Student Takes A Stand For Elephants!

Calling All Students!

We are so pleased to share our student volunteer’s blog, “Help Save the Enchanted Elephant.” Dhanvin is a grade 10 student attending Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey. From his experience growing up in Asia, he has a keen sense of the need to protect this valuable species. We thank him for his time and efforts at promoting the work we do as an organization at his school.

Help Save the Enchanted Elephant

(My teacher giving an info session on Effects of Elephant Poaching)

May 9th, 2022

Hi, my name is Dhanvin. I am a grade 10 student attending Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC, Canada. I have offered to volunteer with Elephanatics – an elephant advocacy organization based in Vancouver – to help spread awareness about the crises facing both the African and Asian elephant and the necessity to help save these majestic animals.

Growing up in Asia I have a deep connection with Elephants. I have admired these fascinating creatures since my childhood. Elephants play a significant role in my culture. I had the privilege to touch and ride on one. I vividly remember riding on a 20-year-old Asian elephant. It felt magical riding on this magnificent creature. Riding over 7 feet high through a thick green luscious forest gave me the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with nature. This is one of my favourite memories that I will cherish all my life. Little did I know at the time that riding elephants is not good for them and can cause unnecessary pain to their backs. After reading about unethical tourism, I realized I needed to make others aware that in order to ride elephants they have to go through a horrible procedure to become tame called, ‘Phajaan’ or ‘the crush’. It means to break their spirit and they are beaten to become domesticated. Unethical tourism is a big problem and needs to end.

African and Asian elephants are powerful, compassionate and magnificent animals. They are also ecosystem engineers, playing a critical role in shaping the natural environments where they live. Ecosystems are a complicated web where animals and plants depend on each other for survival. Ecosystems have been developing and evolving for eons. It is depressing to see humans wreck these fascinating systems in just a few decades. Disrupting the balance of ecosystems can threaten human life existence on earth. In spite of the efforts from some governments, the number of African forest elephants fell by more than 86% over a period of 31 years. The African Forest Elephant is Critically Endangered and the African Savannah Elephant is Endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The Asian Elephant is listed as Endangered because of a population reduction to be at least 50% over the last three generations. The biggest threat to Asian and African elephants now is habitat loss and fragmentation.

Some of the main reasons threatening the existence of elephants include:

Poaching

Elephants are most vulnerable to poaching for ivory and bush meat. Unfortunately, many people take pride in hunting elephants. Over the past 200-years ivory has become increasingly valuable. At the beginning ivory was collected from dead elephants but it pains me to say that many innocent elephants are now killed to make jewellery. It is tragic that human greed kills these creatures. I feel great sorrow looking at the unfortunate poaching events involving elephants. Recent studies show elephants have begun evolving without their beautiful tusks. Approximately thirty thousand elephants are killed every year due to poaching.

Climate change

Humans have become the most disruptive species on earth. With continuous expansion in human settlements there is a significant impact on our climate. Degrading climatic conditions are ruining the habitats of many animals and elephants are one of the most prominent species impacted. Their forests and grasslands have been cut down to expand cities and agricultural demands. Elephants are a keystone species and play a huge part in the worlds biodiversity.

Human Elephant Conflict

Expanding settlement boundaries have caused elephants to wander into human settlements. This has led humans to take drastic measure to protect their families and crops. According to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) over 100 people and 50-80 elephants are killed in this conflict every year. It is upsetting to see humans disrupt the delicate balance and co-existence between all species.

It is not too late to stop this destruction. In my opinion education is the best way of spreading awareness. With education we can pass on a better world to our successive generations. Although I am unable to go and help the elephants in person myself, I want to sensitize others. I have been volunteering with Elephanatics for over three months. They have given me access to a wide variety of insightful learning resources. These resources have been invaluable in helping me spread awareness in my school community by distributing the lesson plans to my teachers. My social studies teacher loved the idea of including the lesson plan and he was able to share these insightful resources with his colleagues and present a lesson plan to his students.

I have tried to start a club and organize fundraiser, I was turned down by my school admin, but I did not give up and I tried by best to spread the awareness and encourage my peers in supporting this cause. I believe I can make a difference and give our future generation an opportunity to see these stunning creatures.

If you love elephants and want to help save them, please join me in spreading the word about the crises facing elephants by sharing Elephanatics petition to end the domestic trade of elephant ivory in Canada – over 687,000 people have signed this petition making it one of the largest petitions in Canada.

#IvoryFreeCanada

Thank you and I hope you will join me in trying to help these magnificent creatures.

You can contact me at:

Dhanvinraj12@gmail.com

or, feel free to contact Elephanatics at: elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Dhanvin

 

 

The Jane Goodall Act Reintroduced in the Senate

Great news for captive animals!

On March 22, 2022, Senator Marty Klyne reintroduced the Jane Goodall Act to the Canadian Senate. Originally introduced by Senator Murray Sinclair in 2020, the proposed bill contains new legal protections for captive big cats, bears, wolves, seals, sea lions, walruses, certain monkeys, and dangerous reptiles, such as crocodiles and giant pythons. The bill would also phase out elephant captivity in Canada.

Our founder, Dr. Jane Goodall shared her thoughts on the bill: “Today is an important day for animals. “So many of them are in desperate need of our help and the Jane Goodall Act establishes protection and support for animals under human care. It is a monumental step forward for animals, people, and the environment. I am honoured to lend my name to this world-leading legislation that is supported by a wonderful coalition of government, conservationists, animal welfare groups and accredited zoos. Together we can and will provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and put an end to the misery that is wildlife trafficking.”

 

The Jane Goodall Act Has Been Reintroduced in the Senate

New – Mara elephant Project Scholarship!

 

 

Mara Elephant Project is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for a Kenyan student, The Fran Duthie African Elephant Conservation Scholarship. Fran Duthie and her husband Lorne are loyal supporters of Mara Elephant Project and Fran has served alongside Dr. Jake Wall as the co-founder of Elephanatics, a Canadian elephant advocacy organization. MEP with support from Fran is passionate about building local capacity to foster the next generation of Kenyan conservation heroes.

This scholarship is intended for students pursuing conservation or a related field. The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Kenyan nationals acquiring a technical certificate, undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters or PhD) degree in an area related to conservation and the protection of wildlife. Alongside the financial support, this scholarship will provide practical experience to the scholar during the course of their studies by undertaking an internship with the Mara Elephant Project for at least one month during the scholarship period. The scholarship must be used at an accredited college or university in a subject area related to conservation and the protection of wildlife and their habitats. The scholarship may be used to cover academic tuition fees and associated living costs.

Applications are open March 1 – April 1.

Apply today -> https://lnkd.in/gNb-isnA

 

Elephant Conservation Presentation with Dr Rene Beyers

Be inspired by Dr Rene Beyers as he explains why elephants are so important to the environment and the ecosystems in which they live, AND the need for our own survival!