TODAY IS World Elephant Day. This is a day for all of us who care about the future of these amazing icons of the wild to make a dramatic and impactful statement.
In areas where World Conversation Society (WCS) is working to protect them, elephant populations are stable and even increasing. But in other regions, their situation is critical. That’s why we need your help to turn the tide and to scale up our effective, science-based strategies where they’re most needed.
According to USA Today, “Few animals are more beloved or have more of a mystique than the elephant. The world’s largest land animal, whose scientific name is elephas maximus, these ponderous pachyderms can grow can grow to more than 13 feet in height and weigh 7 tons. Elephants are more than just genial giants; they are vital to the planet. In recognition of World Elephant Day on Aug.12, which is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants, 24/7 Tempo will help explain why we need them.”
1. Protecting wilderness
Protecting elephants raises the profile for protecting wildernesses and helps fund organizations such as the Elephant Crisis Fund, which claims an elephant is killed for its tusks every 15 minutes.
2. Well-packed trunk
An elephant’s trunk is one of its signature features, used by the animal to trumpet warnings to other members of the herd. It is also used to dig for water – elephants have a knack for finding water – in hostile environments.
3. Sharing the water
When elephants find water for themselves in places such as parched riverbeds, they also provide sustenance for other animals, not to mention humans.
4. Gigantic appetite
Earth’s largest living land animals consume massive quantities of vegetation. They may spend up to 18 hours a day feeding and eat as much as 600 pounds of food. Much of that is grasses, tree foliage, bark, and twigs. Eating that much vegetation allows sunlight to reach the forest floor, helping lower-lying plants to grow.
5. Surging through gaps
By creating spaces in forests and other heavily grown areas, elephants open up the landscape and give other animals more pathways to graze