The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos has evolved into the world's most powerful grass roots movement to save species from extinction.
2013 was the first year for the International March for Elephants. Click on Bold Type to link to articles or videos.
Video: MFE Chinese Consulate San Francisco Flowers For Elephants & Rangers. We will honor and remember the 35,000+ elephants killed each year and the 1000 rangers killed in the last several years.
National Geographic Article: Marching to Save the Elephant on October 4 Several years ago, Marie and I began to mourn the tragic dismembering of elephant society across Africa, an act that caused us to cry for the future of the greatest land mammal on earth. As we heard about the rising tide of deaths, elephants wept and mourned for their kind. Elephant society and culture were and continue to be shattered. It was the beginning of the second phase of destruction in contemporary history, the first beginning in the 1980s when 600,000 were annihilated to feed the world’s greed for ivory souvenirs. In 2011 alone, 30,000 elephants were mutilated for trinkets to be sold in the Asian market. The great heart of Africa was being laid waste, not for billiard balls and piano keys as Stanley once wrote, but for toothpicks and statuettes across Asia, with China the main culprit. National Geographic Article by Voices for Biodiversity, click to see entire article.
"Elephants are living treasures. Nature's gardeners. Nature's great teachers. Tragically some people don't give a damn. They prefer the dead treasure to the living one. The ivory. We must challenge this so-called 'trade' with all our might and shame on those who would condone it." Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder & Trustee Born Free Foundation
"The extinction of the African elephant is under way. The question we are asking the decision-makers in Europe is: ‘Do they want to see this happen?' Perez Olindo, Government of South Sudan
Video: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage March for Elephants, Kenya On World Animal Day, Saturday 4th October 2014, over 130 cities marched for elephants and rhinos marking the largest global gathering for a wild species and the second anniversary of the iworry International March for Elephants.
Video: Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, 4 October, Nairobi Kenya. (Hands Off Our Elephants) Thousands of people drawn from all sectors of life marched the streets of Nairobi to create awareness and demand action about the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Kenya and across Africa. The March was organised by a collaboration of wildlife Conservation organisations in Kenya, led by Robert Rono of Youth for Nature.
"As long as ivory is valued as a commodity, every tusker is at risk from poachers, and only where anti-poaching efforts are sufficient will elephants survive. Anti-poaching costs money and lives. Banning the ivory trade has been the single-most effective and economical way to slow the loss of elephants across their whole range - not just where they can be protected by anti-poaching units." Ian Redmond OBE, Wildlife biologist and Ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species
Video: March for Elephants and Rhinos Promo Video from Around the World
Video: Demonstrators March to Save Rhinos, Elephants Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on Saturday (Oct 4) to pressure governments into doing more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to San Francisco and Tokyo. In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities. "We are protesting against the political leaders of the world who do not have the guts and political will to make changes in their laws," Dex Kotze, one of the march organisers, told AFP. "We have to do this for our future generation," he said. "The youth today is making a statement globally in 136 cities that it's their heritage that is being killed." From 27 million elephants 350 years ago, Africa now has about 400,000 left, and roughly nine per cent of those are being killed each year, Kotze said. South Africa, home to the world's largest rhino populations, has seen at least 700 killed so far this year.
"Seized ivory stocks around Africa are recycled back into illegal trade due to corruption. Ivory stocks should be burnt together with the hopes of traffickers for any 'legal' way to allow them to slaughter our elephants." Ofir Drori, Director, Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA)
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:
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 individ- uals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995. Thanks to conser- vation 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 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
"It is very discouraging having to fight the battle to save elephants once again. The 1989 ban helped elephants to recover in most parts of Africa. Now even in Amboseli we're losing elephants to ivory poachers for the first time in many years. The sale of any ivory--legal or not--is creating demand. No one needs ivory. It is a beautiful substance, but the only ones who need it are elephants. Cynthia Moss, Amboseli Elephant Research Project