Elephants are majestic animals and gardeners of the jungle and steppe. Elephants help germinate a variety of plants that would not otherwise grow through their digestive system. Millions of tourists around the world travel each year to see elephants, helping to bring income and employment to the tourism industry in the countries where they live.
Elephants are poached in large numbers for their tusks. In recent years, experts estimate that up to 100,000 elephants were killed between 2010-2012. Ivory is used for a wide range of products ranging from bracelets to elaborate religious symbols and carvings. The collection, speculation and trading of high-priced ivory items is now a major driver of the illegal killing of elephants.
Do not follow product consumption trends from endangered species. It would be more admirable to wear and present gifts made from products that do not pose a threat to wildlife. Do not invest in ivory in the market for raw materials or receive gifts from friends traveling abroad that are made of ivory. It is illegal to bring ivory jewelry from abroad into the country! Learn more about community and conservation projects that support elephant conservation, as well as the livelihoods of people living with elephants. Contribute to support these projects and let people know about endangered elephants by talking about the importance of protecting wild elephants.