Elephants Vanish Across Africa

The Great Elephant Census revealed that the African elephant population declined by 144,000 animals in just seven years between 2007-14. The vast majority were killed to illegally supply ivory to markets in Asia.

At this rate, this African icon could disappear from the wild within our lifetime:

• Savanna elephant populations declined by 30 per- cent; the decline accelerated from 2007 to 2014: down from miillions, only about 350,000 remain.

• High numbers of elephant carcasses were discovered in many protected areas, indicating that elephants are struggling both inside and outside parks.

• Tanzania lost 60% of their elephants in only 5 years

• Mozambique lost 53% in 5 years

For Details visit: www.GreatElephantCensus.com/final-report.

Rhinos Remain Critcally Endangered

Once roaming across Africa in the millions, large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 70,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995. Thanks to conservation efforts across Africa, black rhino numbers have risen since then to a current population of about 5,200 individuals. But every six hours a rhino is poached. And the threat of species extinction continues. 

The next 10 years will determine the fate of some of the world's most iconic species: Our fight has only just begun.

"Our research which records the births and deaths of all elephants is a particularly sensitive barometer and alerted the world to what is happening with poaching. We reached a tipping point in 2009 where deaths outnumbered births."          Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Hoffner, Wildeyephoto.com

 

Innovate to Save Species

In a town with over 6,000 technology companies and still growing, The Global March ATX is looking to team up with the Austin Tech Community to sponsor the Global March ATX and Tech Challenge to raise awareness and support for the best wildlife conservation organizations working on the front lines to save species.

We'd love to see some real creativity and innovation to save species! The Global March ATX invites the Austin Tech Community to partner with us to launch the world's first ATX Tech-to-Save-Species Challenge! 

Drones? Camera Traps? GoPro Camera Collars? Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?

Check out THE WORLD'S FIRST APP TO DETECT ILLICIT IVORY! Can you compete with Chiang Mai University's Centre of Excellence in Elephant Research and Education? http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/797796/world-first-app-to-detect-illicit-ivory

Austin Techies, show us your Innovation! Winner takes home a very special PRIZE!

We invite all inspired techies to join us in this worthy cause right here locally to make a difference globally. These are the values we all share here in Austin and no doubt the epic battle of our generation. Let's become aware this is the pivotal decade that will determine the outcome of this crisis. We must act now to save species for future generations.

Please submit your entry into the competition via our Partners page.

Thank you,

Judy Brey

Global March ATX Director

Share Your Ideas to Save Species

Many concerned citizens from around the world are marching against extinction. This global grassroots movement is evolving into a powerful force to move governments and lawmakers to save and protect wildlife in all countries where wildlife is threatened. We must keep the pressure on until we end this ongoing crisis facing elephants, rhinos, lions and many other species threatened with extinction. It is the responsibility of The International Community, The Everyday Citizen - that's us! to raise our voices to end the slaughter everywhere in the world where species are endangered.

Please make your voice heard by sharing your ideas here on this Blog how we can effectively save species from extinction.

Thank you,

Judy Brey

Global March ATX Director