Ellen is bang on about how amazing elephant’s are. They are our world and our brand, and they are so much more than that – they are our teachers, for all of the reasons she explained above.
At the end of the every year we add up all of our Social Media Ebook sales and donate partial proceeds to an elephant-related charity. How could we not give back when elephants play such a huge role in our lives? It warms our heart to know that we have a product we can sell to benefit these majestic creatures – a product that helps people and entrepreneurs as well. It is our favourite offering. See below for why they need our help.
So Why do we love elephants so much?
Adorable elephant videos
Elephant Facts We Should Care About:
- Elephants are “lefties,” or “righties.” They’ll favour one tusk when fighting other Elephants, picking things up, or stripping leaves and bark off trees. Because of constant usage, their preferred tusk gets shorter over time.
- EAn Elephants trunk is so powerful and precise that it can carry calves and also be used for more delicate acts like picking flowers!
- Elephants have highly developed brains, not to mention the largest in the entire animal kingdom.
- Elephants are incapable of jumping (which is what would make it ‘groundbreaking – har har), but these massive mammals can run at a maximum speed of 25 miles (40 km) per hour
- Research has shown that Elephants communicate over long distances using a sub-sonic rumble that can travel over the ground faster than sound through air.
- Elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals. If a baby Elephant complains, the entire family will go over to touch and caress it to soothe it.
- Elephants often pay homage to the bones of their dead, gently touching their skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. When an Elephant walks past a place where a loved one once died, it will stop in its tracks. This silent pause often lasts several minutes.
- Elephants are highly intelligent animals, and studies have shown that they possess a variety of complex emotions and feelings, including deep compassion and surprising self-awareness.
- “An Elephant never forgets”? Research has proven that they are extremely intelligent. And their memories are vital during the dry season, when matriarchs guide their herds– over for countless miles– to watering holes they’ve visited in the past.
- Elephants grieve when one of their herd dies. Due to the way their brains are structured, elephants display some remarkably humanlike emotions, showing sadness and grief and mourning the loss of family members long after they have passed on.
- Elephants are instinctively afraid of bees. Wildlife conservationists have used this natural fear to the elephants’ advantage by placing beehives near farms in order to prevent elephants from foraging in those areas. This approach seem to be helping to minimize incidents of human-elephant conflict.
Find more facts: Green Global Travel
World Elephant day – Our Favourite Day Of the Year
August 12th – a day we count down in our calendars. World Elephant Day puts out a pledge as well as a whole list of things you can do to support elephants. Each year we try to complete everything, from donating money to colouring their elephant picture.
Here are a few free ones:
- Tweet #WorldElephantDay to spread the word about the plight of elephants and visit our Press Room for Facebook cover photos, sample blog posts, tweets, and more!
- Sign the World Elephant Day Pledge to show your support.
- Tweet #BeElephantEthical to promote safe, ethical elephant tourism. Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit.
- #10DaysForElephants. You can protect elephants and their homes. Take 10 actions in the 10 days leading up to World Elephant Day, August 12.
Why Elephant’s Need Our Help
According to Green Global Travel elephant facts:
- In the early 1900s African Elephant populations were estimated to be in the millions, while there were around 1oo,000 Asian Elephants. According to World Wildlife Fund, today there are around 700,000 African Elephants in the wild, and just 32,000 Asian Elephants.
- In 1989, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) banned the international ivory trade. Yet poaching for ivory has been steadily increasing, with 800,000 African elephants killed over the last three decades.
- In addition to poaching, habitat loss and conflict with human populations are key threats facing Elephant populations. Climate change projections suggest key Elephant habitat will become hotter and drier, so poor foraging conditions may threaten the survival of more calfs in the future.
- Most Asian Elephants used in the logging and tourism industries (including those offering rides, performing in circuses, or painting in the streets) have been tortured in a horrifically cruel training regiment known as phajaan. The process involves tying a wild Elephant up for several days, beating them into submission, and leaving them to starve, with the goal of crushing their spirit.