Rhinos and Elephants are in CRISIS!!


The Worlds Rhinos and Elephants are in CRISIS!!


Imagine a world where some of the most beautiful largest mammals do not exist anymore. Species that a few decades back was striving in the wild and now struggling to survive. Is it going to be the job of our generation to have to explain to the next that we allowed them to disappear? An animal that we took for granted who had every right to live on this planet as we humans do. Well this is happening right now to Rhinos and Elephants. So what exactly is happening to them? Why are we losing these amazing rhinos and elephants and such an alarming rate?

Poaching:

  • In 2014 alone poachers killed more than 1,200 rhinos in South Africa

  • Last year poachers killed nearly 1,200 rhinos in South Africa alone, 80 in Zimbabwe, and 50 in Namibia

  • National Geographic highlighted in an article that poachers killed 100,000 African elephants for their ivory from just 2010 to 2012. According to a study, roughly one of every 12 African elephants was killed by a poacher in 2011 alone. 

  • There were around 1.3 million African elephants alive in 1980. In 2012, there were only an estimated 420,000 to 690,000 elephants left.

  • In parts of Asia, asian elephants are being killed for land use

  • Most poaching today is not done by poor farmers needing an income for their family. Instead, poaching is done by well-organized and well-funded criminal traffickers. The money gained from poaching and selling ivory funds wars and criminal organizations.

Habitat Loss:

  • According to Wildlife Fund, Elephants once roamed the continent of Africa, but they are now relegated to a few small areas. Less than 20 percent of this remaining habitat is under formal protection. 

  • Elephants have been pushed into hilly landscapes and less suitable remnants of forest, however even these less desirable locations for asian elephants are being assaulted by poachers, loggers, and developers.

  • Asian Elephants babies are being captured and used for tourism and as beasts of burden of illegal logging.

  • Conflicts with humans because an elephant walks into a mega plantation such as palm oil leads to the elephant being shot to death. 
Why is this happening?

Ivory from elephants cost roughly USD 2,100 per kilo. Leading people who are not poor farmers but organized criminals to poach these poor elephants for their tusks. Rhino Horn is believed to be medicinal, a sexual stimulant, and now in Vietnam seen as a hangover cure. These claims are false and have no scientific backing. For these reasons we are losing these beautiful creatures. On top of that the loss of habitat and the trade of baby elephants that often leads to the mother being killed is causing them to go extinct.

What Can We Do?

We need to come together right now, 2016 is the year to put an end to these crimes so we can save their lives and future rhinos and elephants. A lot of us can’t be in the middle fighting to save Rhinos and Elephants but we can support those who do. We can be the support pillars to the charities that work tirelessly to end poaching and the extinction of Rhinos and Elephants. We at Wakened Apparel stand with organizations like International Elephant Foundation/ elephantconservation.org and International Rhino Foundation/ rhinos.org to help them to be the voice for these amazing animals. You too can be a voice for Rhinos and Elephants and together we cannot be silenced.










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