Celebrating World Elephant Day 2020
Dear Friends of the Matriarch,
Conceived in 2011, the idea of celebrating elephants (World Elephant Day 2020), on a wider global scale has been done since 2012 up to date. They are scattered across Africa and Asian continents with habitants in the savannah, desert, forest vegetation that they call home. Irrespective of their uniqueness and un deniable contribution to the eco system, Elephant numbers are reducing fast hence the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists; “African elephants as Vulnerable and Asian elephants as endangered.”
Currently the world population is estimated to be at 440,000 according to the research by World Wildlife Fund.
Beyond being admired for their long memory, Elephants know how to have fun -splashing water in pools, engaging in trunk tussles with each other and wallowing in mud ponds! They are also highly empathetic creatures and love hugging to console each other in times of stress and mourn their dead.
Dr Cynthia Moss once said “Elephants form deep bonds with each other, which last for decades. Elephant survival is strongly affected by access to the social and ecological knowledge that older elephants hold; where to go, what to eat, how to avoid danger.”
As we join the rest of the world to celebrate #WorldElephantDay, we bring you some interesting facts about these beautiful creatures;
Elephants are the largest mammals on land and part of the #BigFive
Elephants have an amazing sense of smell
Elephants are magnificent communicators and can listen with their feet
Elephants are excellent swimmers, despite their weight of between 2 and 4 tons
Elephants hardly need sleep; on average they sleep for 2 hours a day
Elephants are environmental minded through looking after where they live by maintaining pathways and water access points. Since they have no key predator after them in the wild, man is the major threat to animal survival and elephants are no exception. Besides being poached for their ivory which apparently has more demand on the black market than gold, there are many reasons to justify the global reduction of elephants in our Conservation areas especially the National parks among which are: habitat loss as humans keep encroaching on their habitats for settlement or agriculture, abuse and exploitation by engaging these wild animals to circus and shows something that is alien to their nature, human poverty that in turn leads to hunting them down for food with snare-traps and finally the loose legal and policy frameworks controlling the conservation of wildlife -elephants.
The Covid -19 pandemic resulted into lockdown which further paralyzed the tourism industry in general and hence accelerated poaching. However, there are external factors to explain the low elephant populations other than man, like fights amongst the wildlife regarding dominance leading to death, extreme weather conditions that dry up water places and cause heat exhaustion, death from old age.
On a brighter note, there are various organizations that have come up to forge management strategies and create awareness on the importance of Elephant existence namely: African Parks, The Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Elephants without borders, African Wildlife foundation, Big life foundation, Uganda Conservation Fund, Uganda Wildlife Authority, the list is endless. Special thanks to individuals who have shown such passion for elephants/forefront: Our park rangers, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen of African Parks, Dr. Margaret Diciru of Uganda Wildlife Authority, Dr. Betsy Swart and Prof. Phyllis Lee of Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Joyce Poole and Petter Granli who have recorded and analyzed Amboseli elephant vocalizations as part of the work of their NGO Elephant Voices, James Wilson of #ThisisChobe, Grant Reed of Okavango Guiding School, Phil Zapala of Last Chance Safaris, Amy Millican of Flyga Twiga, Anton Lategan and Corne Schalkwyk of Eco Training School, Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua of Tsavo Volunteers and Eli Igra Serfaty who booked a safari with us and free image rights.
We look beyond our balance sheet and ensure a portion of your safari fees is distributed in a way that is beneficial to our staff, host communities and key stakeholders while achieving responsible and sustainable growth of Nziza Hospitality and its affiliates. These individuals and organizations are at the frontline of innovative projects with a long-term commitment to the environment, wildlife and local communities. They need your help to continue and expand their cause towards protecting the African Elephant. You are more than welcome to be part of our cause and share this page with your friends and family too.
Are you keen on booking a safari to a destination with eco-priorities in place? East and Southern Africa is your natural choice. At Nziza Hospitality, we craft bespoke itineraries across Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe incorporating properties that charge a conservation levy towards expanding the natural habitat of the African Elephant. Upon request, our team will design an itinerary to fit into your needs and budget. Here is a sample of our African Safari 8 Day Sky Safari Serengeti Expedition
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