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Elephanatics Spring Newsletter 2021

Elephanatics Newsletter – March 2021

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2021! Spring has sprung and with it, new life, new beginnings, and new challenges blossom. We hope you’re as happy as we are, to see a little more sun these days. There’s lots to share with you, so let’s jump right in…

Ivory-Free Canada Petition Update
At the time of this writing our petition is up to 623,209 signatures! We have presented the signatures to the Environment Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, and encouraging talks have taken place since then. We hope to update you in the next newsletter. We are still hoping for more signatures to send to the minister, so please share with your friends: www.change.org/ivoryfreecanada.
Elephanatics & OwlCrate Jr Unite to Educate Kids
OwlCrate Jr is an award-winning subscription book box for kids aged 8-12. Each box includes a new novel, a letter from the author, plus cool activities, and fun goodies. Their theme for the March box is “Elephants on Parade”! While we can’t reveal the name of the book just yet, it is a story about the magical connection between elephants and humans.

Each March box will contain an Elephanatics’ fact sheet and bookmark. You can subscribe for 1, 3, or 6 months at owlcratejr.com and use READMORE2021 to save 15% off a new subscription.

Teachers and Educators: For a variety of elephant education lesson plans for youth aged 8 to 14 (including how elephants fight global warming), books, videos, and apps, please visit our website: www.elephanatics.org/education/

Canadian Corp Drilling for Oil in Africa
ReconAfrica is currently drilling for oil and gas in an area of over 35,000 square kilometres in Namibia, northwest of the Okavango Delta. The drill site is a watershed of the vast river delta – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s last great natural sanctuaries. It’s home to many wildlife, including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, lions, leopards, giraffes, and rhinos.

This is disturbing for ecological, environmental, and human rights reasons. Of great concern, is the overlapping of the Namibia drill site with an elephant migration corridor between two national parks. On top of this, ReconAfrica will carry out a seismic survey in a 2nd site in Botswana, beside the same migration route. Biologists are concerned the seismic survey’s sound waves will negatively affect elephants, which communicate via low-frequency seismic waves “heard” through their sensitive feet.

ReconAfrica’s headquarters are in Elephanatic’s own city of Vancouver, BC. Elephanatics is supporting international efforts to curtail the drilling by bringing awareness to the issue.

Please sign the petition here. You can read more about the drilling from National Geographic here

BackyardBio, Elephanatics, and the International Day of Biodiversity
Calling all Teachers and Educators! Get your students involved in BackyardBio!

BackyardBio is an event created by the irrepressible Jesse from Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants – we love that name! It connects families and schools from all over the world, by sharing their local flora and fauna with each other. This fun activity is built around the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22. For more info – www.backyardbio.net.

1. In early May, explore your backyard, neighbourhood, or park and take photos of as many different species of plants, fish, birds, mammals (you name it!) as you can.

2. Share your pics all month long on Twitter or Instagram with #backyardbio. Follow the hashtag to see amazing images from around the globe!

3. Download the Seek app at www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app. Point the Seek Camera at plants or animals and the image recognition technology will identify them – kind of like Pokemon Go for nature! Add more species to earn more badges.

4. Register your family, school class, or group at www.backyardbio.net/how-to-take-part for more resources and to connect you with others worldwide.

Enjoy the Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants’ video with Elephanatics – https://youtu.be/1-5-R616REU

The Jane Goodall Act in Canada
It’s not every day you can help secure a major improvement to the lives of sentient animals, including elephants, around the world. The Jane Goodall Act, S218, if passed, will be one of the strongest animal laws in history. Read more about the proposed legislation here.

If passed, this bill would transform animal protection in Canada. Please join us and ask the Senate to protect great apes, elephants, whales, and dolphins. It will take you a total of 19 seconds. Seriously. Go to https://janegoodall.ca/join-us/campaign/the-jane-goodall-act/ and fill out 4 boxes, then hit “Add Your Voice”. The Jane GoodalI Institute – Canada, is a coalition partner of our Ivory-Free Canada campaign.

Asia for Animals Virtual 3D Conference
2021 Elephanatics is a supporting member of the Asia for Animals coalition – hundreds of respected animal welfare organisations that have a shared focus on improving the welfare of animals in Asia. Tickets to their biennial conference “Welcome to a Better Tomorrow” on April 24 & 25 are only US$20 each at https://www.asiaforanimals.com/conference-2021. Topics include ending live animal markets, animals’ roles in climate change, and moving away from animal tourism. If your animal welfare organisation is interested in free membership of the AfA coalition, check out https://www.asiaforanimals.com/join-afa.
DID YOU KNOW?
* Elephanatics has its own online shop for clothing and a variety of other items! If you love elephants and want 100% of your item purchased to go directly to saving elephants, please visit our store at:
https://teespring.com/stores/elephanatics-bc

DYK – A group of elephants is called a herd, but also a “memory” of elephants. Very fitting, don’t you think!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy!

The Elephanatics Team

OwlCrate Jr Educates Kids About Elephants – Elephanatics Trumpets!

OwlCrate Jr is an award-winning subscription book box for kids aged 8-12. Each box includes a new
novel, a letter from the author, plus cool activities, and fun goodies. Their theme for the March box is
“Elephants on Parade”! While we can’t reveal the name of the book just yet, it is a story about the
magical connection between elephants and humans.

Each March box will contain an Elephanatics’ fact sheet and bookmark. You can subscribe for 1, 3 or 6
months at owlcratejr.com and use READMORE2021 to save 15% off a new subscription.

Teachers and Educators: For a variety of elephant education lesson plans for youth aged 8 to 14
(including how elephants fight global warming), books, videos, and apps, please visit our website:
www.elephanatics.org/education/.

 

OwlCrate Jr logo
March’s ELEPHANTS ON PARADE Box Is Available Now!

 

We are celebrating Earth’s largest living land animal next month: the majestic elephant! March’s book pick is an inspiring contemporary story all about family, being separated from loved ones, the heartwarming impact of human-animal connections, and (of course) elephants! This story will be perfect for fans of The One and Only IvanCounting By 7’s, and Because Of Winn-Dixie.

In addition to a fantastic new novel, this box will include a second book and a bunch of fun and useful goodies for elephant fans! Keep reading for our first item sneak peek!

Save 15% on a Monthly, 3-Month, or 6-Month subscription at owlcratejr.com! Enter code READMORE2021 at checkout.

Photo by @bookskidslove_

We’re adding to our growing collection of stuffies this month, with an extremely snuggly 8″ plush animal from Aurora World! Aurora has been making high quality stuffed toys for 40 years and we absolutely love their products.

We’ve included 3 other plush friends over the last 4 years, all of whom are pictured here! Which is your favorite?

Photo by @caveat.lectors

Help Sponsor Mara Elephant Rangers

Elephanatics Supports Partner Organization MEP for #HolidayGiving

Dear Loyal Supporter,

Elephanatics has joined forces with partner organization Mara Elephant Project for the #HolidayGiving season.

We are asking for your support this year to assist MEP in providing for an additional 10 Loita rangers. The Loita Plains and pristine Loita Forest are in immediate need of additional resources to help mitigate human-elephant conflict, reduce elephant poaching, and increase protection of elephant habitat. With the onset of COVID-19 and the lack of tourism, the need for more rangers to protect these pristine areas is even more crucial. The poaching and illegal trade of Ivory has increased substantially because of the loss of tourism in both Asian and African countries. People are suffering greatly from economic losses. The increase in human-elephant conflict is rising as is the bushmeat trade. With no eco-tourism dollars supporting local communities, people are reverting to poaching to feed their families and in turn, is creating national security and stability issues due to natural resources being threatened with overexploitation and species extinction. Rangers are on the frontlines fighting these issues. The importance of preserving our biodiversity and wildlife couldn’t be more apparent as a raging pandemic has proven. Globally, we need to protect our wildlife and their ecosystems for the sake of our own species survival.

Mara Elephant Project’s Maasai rangers are at the forefront of anti-poaching operations, human-elephant conflict mitigation efforts, and stopping deforestation through boots on the ground initiatives. The rangers live out in the field for up to two months at a time in mobile camps. Rangers are the backbone of MEP’s organization and their presence in an area increases the protection for wildlife, communities, and habitat.

The 10 new MEP rangers are responsible for responding to conflict and collecting information on all conflict incidents to analyze in MEP’s EarthRanger system. The information gathered, when combined with the elephant movements from collared elephants, will be used to inform spatial planning to protect elephant habitat and test and modify different conflict mitigation techniques within the community. In addition, they will be tasked with increasing security in the area for wildlife by reducing poaching and illegal habitat destruction activities. These 10 men and women were recruited from Loita because MEP works closely with local communities to protect Kenya’s iconic elephants and the habitat upon which they depend.

Your donation will go directly towards funding these rangers who are vital to the protection of elephants and their habitat during this critical time. 

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Our mission is to assist global elephant conservation efforts by educating Canadians about issues of ivory poaching, habitat loss, and the continued exploitation of elephants by humans, and to connect Canadians directly with elephant conservation partners in Africa and Asia.
The MEP connection comes from Dr. Jake Wall, co-founder, and African elephant specialist, with Elephanatics. Dr. Wall has worked as the Director of Research and Conservation at Mara Elephant Project since 2019.

For more information on Mara Elephant Project please visit: maraelephantproject.org

Please consider a gift this season to assist Mara Elephant Project.

Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-sponsor-mara-elephant-rangers

Sincerely,
Marc Goss | CEO Mara Elephant Project
Fran Duthie | Elephanatics Team

*Disclaimer: Donations to Elephanatics are not tax-deductible.

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While this team is a necessary expense for MEP to incur, your support in this endeavor to expand our ranger presence is vital to ensure MEP can increase our areas of operation and our net of protection.

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Elephanatics Masks for Any Occasion

Shop Early for the Holiday Season. Get your Elephant Lover a gift they won’t forget!

Order Now! 10% OFF MOST ITEMS. Check out our site for many more items to choose from.

https://teespring.com/stores/elephanatics-bc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Planet over past 85 Years

David Attenborough

What the human race has achieved in last 85 years:
I) Population growth of 340%
II) Carbon in atmosphere increase by 150%
III) Wilderness decrease by nearly 50%
Wake-up, be more sustainable and restore bio-diversity of our planet, before it’s too late.

Elephanatics presents – Ivory Is For Elephants – elephants and their importance to the global community and environment

The numbers are staggering as we learn that humanity is responsible for a decrease in animal populations worldwide of 68% in the past 50 years.  At a time when more than 1 million animals are at risk of extinction, the links between human health and the health of the planet couldn’t be clearer, as evidenced by our current pandemic. Seventy percent of emerging viral diseases are caused by human/wildlife interface. The biggest issues facing the global community today are losses to biodiversity. Loss of wildlife affects ecosystems we all rely on to keep us healthy. Learn more about how elephants help preserve our natural world and why poaching, human-elephant conflict, and illegal trade is related to our own survival.
Tune in and get inspired to save elephants!
Speakers – Dr. Rene Beyers, PhD / Conservationist / African Elephant Advisor, Elephanatics
Melanie Reding, Educator / Curriculum Developer, Elephanatics
* Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants is an online educational program that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation live into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-5-R616REU

Paul Rodgers Rocks for Elephants on #WorldElephantDay

Paul is a Rock and Roll legend and a Platinum-selling Singer, Songwriter & Self-taught Multi-instrumentalist. He has Written, Recorded, Produced and Released 30 albums since 1968
* Sold over 90 million records
* Formed and led 3 bands to worldwide success: Free, Bad Company, & The Firm
* Grammy Nominated Solo Career

He was the lead singer for Queen for 4 years and has Recorded/Performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Stax Recording artist Sam Moore, The Four Tops and many others.

Check out his bio at: https://www.paulrodgers.com/bio/

The #Elephants Trumpet in unison and Thank You!

Rock On Paul!

Paul – “I’ve been nominated for the Make A Million challenge for elephants. There are a million reasons why we cannot lose elephants to ivory poaching and trophy hunting. The recent pandemic is also part of the illegal wildlife trade that must end.
Please sign the petition for an Ivory-Free Canada at
http://www.Change.org/MakeAMillion. Let’s Make a Million signatures by World Elephant Day on August 12.

Watch his video in the link below for Elephanatics and #WorldElephantDay

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Let’s Celebrate World Elephant Day together – Paul Rodgers

#WorldElephantDay2020 Covid-19 creates catastrophe

Press Release                                                                                                                               

Vancouver, BC – August 10, 2020

COVID-19 creates catastrophe for elephants and rangers as tourism shuts down

As the ninth annual World Elephant Day approaches on August 12, elephants already facing extinction from poaching take on a new foe – COVID-19.

Elephants are impacted by COVID-19 largely due to its impact on humanity. The loss of tourism to the elephant-populated areas of Africa and Asia is having dire consequences for elephant conservation, and the people who help protect them. A lack of tourists, and therefore funding, is causing a resurgence in poaching, human-elephant conflict, and the bush meat trade in Africa; and is leaving Asian elephants to suffer in captivity from lack of food and adequate medical care.

Rangers are facing some of the toughest challenges from COVID-19. Stretched to the limit for resources, many elephant conservation organizations have had to let go the very people in charge of protecting elephants.

World Elephant Day was created to raise awareness of several threats to the world’s largest mammal. Founder Patricia Sims, a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist states, “The pandemic that has ravaged the world has put a perilous amount of pressure on elephants and rangers.”

Once a population of 12 million in the early 1900s, African elephants now number only 400,000 or less. Asian elephants are even more endangered with around 35,000 left.

Elephants are a keystone species, meaning several other animals and plants rely on them to survive. They are also powerful climate change mitigators, making room for smaller vegetation to grow and spreading seeds in their manure, thus playing a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of ecosystems.

Fran Duthie, the president of Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver, says, “The legal and illegal wildlife trade is one of the causes of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues worldwide. Wildlife trade must end.”

Paul Rodgers, a British-Canadian singer and musician said, “It’s hard to believe there is still poaching and trophy hunting today. Blues legend Willie Dixon said: “Once we know better, we can do better”. So now we know better, let’s do better.”

The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition, including Humane Society International/Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, World Elephant Day, Elephanatics, and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos – Toronto, is asking the Canadian government to make the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal. The petition at change.org/IvoryFreeCanada is approaching 600,000 signatures. The goal is to reach one million signatures by World Elephant Day, after which they will be presented to the government.

About World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was founded by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand, on August 12, 2012. World Elephant Day’s mission is to raise awareness and ignite action to save elephants from extinction by educating the global public about the plight of African and Asian elephants and the conservation solutions required to protect them.

About Elephanatics

Their mission is to assist global elephant conservation efforts by educating Canadians about issues of ivory poaching, habitat loss, and the continued exploitation of elephants by humans, and to connect Canadians directly with elephant conservation partners in Africa and Asia.

Media Contacts

World Elephant Day

 

 

 

Patricia Sims
info@worldelephantday.org
250-516-9896

Elephanatics

 

 

 

Fran Duthie
elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com
604-897-7614

FACT SHEET

Every year approximately 20,000 African elephants are killed for their tusks. Over the course of a century, wild elephant populations have dropped by a shocking 97%. Conservation research clearly shows that the world’s largest land animal will disappear from the wild within our lifetime if demand for ivory is not reduced. It is estimated that fewer than 400,000 African elephants remain.

Asian elephants are an endangered species on the IUCN Red List, with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide. The elephants face extensive loss of habitat, due to the encroachment of growing human populations and deforestation. They are also killed for their ivory, meat, and body parts; while young elephants are removed from their herd and their natural environment for use in the tourism industry.

How To Get Involved

 

 

Take The Elephant Trumpet Challenge

Take The Elephant Trumpet Challenge to Make It A Million Signatures!

We are excited to announce the Make It A Million promotion for the Ivory-FreeCanada petition! We have almost reached 600,000 signatures and we want to Make It A Million by World Elephant Day on August 12. Please help by taking the Elephant Trumpet Challenge at: https://elephanatics.org/makeitamillion/

Help us Make It A Million for elephants by World Elephant Day on August 12!

Help us Make It A Million for elephants by World Elephant Day on August 12!

change.org/IvoryFreeCanada

The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition includes Humane Society International/Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, World Elephant Day, Elephanatics, and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos–Toronto. The coalition and almost 600,000 people have signed the Ivory-Free Canada petition asking the Canadian government to make the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. Our goal is to have a million signatures by World Elephant Day.

Approximately every 20 minutes an elephant is illegally killed for its ivory. Within our lifetime elephants will be extinct in the wild unless countries act decisively now to close all trade.

Plummeting elephant population figures tell the dismal and heartbreaking story of their systemic decimation, both through illegal poaching, trophy hunting and government inaction on the elephants’ behalf.

In the early 1900’s there were approximately 12 million elephants in Africa. Today there are only around 400,000 left. The threats elephants face – beside poaching and hunting – are numerous, including human-wildlife conflict, climate change, war and conflict, and the increased fragmentation of their territory.

In 2016 the IUCN World Conservation Congress determined that all countries should close their domestic trade of ivory. In addition, the African Elephant Coalition which consists of 32 elephant-range countries, has urgently requested all countries to immediately close their ivory trade.

Ten countries have banned their domestic ivory trade including France, China, UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Israel. Ten US states have also followed suit.

The question is, why hasn’t Canada?

The horrifying exploitation of wildlife has consequences for everyone. 70% of zoonotic diseases originate from wildlife by the transmission of pathogens from exploited wildlife to humans. The illegal wildlife trade is one of the causes of the COVID19 pandemic that continues worldwide. Domestic elephant ivory trade in Canada fuels this illegal wildlife trade and must end. The destruction of elephants – these highly intelligent, emotionally complex, family-oriented, and environmentally significant species – is devastating not just for them but for the ecosystem they are inextricably a part of. That we are all a part of. We are one world, one ecosystem.

It is more important than ever that Canada makes the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. When Canadians speak, the government will listen.

Please help us help elephants. We can make a difference for them together.

Thank you.