Letter from Jane

 

 

On August 12, 2014 the global travel & wildlife community observe World Elephant Day. It is sadly estimated that 96 elephants die every day. With the overall pachyderm population decreasing at alarming rates, if we fail to act now it is apparent that these beautiful creatures will be extinct in our lifetime. 

 

Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Goodall explains the urgency in raising awareness in her message on World Elephant Day and what we can do to get involved.

 

I wake on this World Elephant Day, thinking of all the elephants I have watched in Africa in many places like Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. There is another memory – the time when I heard elephants outside the cabin where I was staying and went out to see if I could see them. It was a wooded area, and as I stood, listening, I could hear sticks cracking under elephant feet. Otherwise they made no sound.  I bent to peer through the trees, and was just about to put my hand on a grey tree trunk when – just in time – I saw that it was an elephant leg!! Fortunately the wind was blowing my scent away from him – or her. I retreated silently back to the cabin, my heart pounding. I can never forgive the people involved in this wholesale slaughter of these incredible beings. Trunks hacked off and thrown aside. Tusks hacked off. Even really young elephants are killed for the sake of their tiny tusks. On World Elephant Day, I wonder how many will be killed, how many tiny calves will lose their mothers. I cannot write any more because my eyes are blurred with tears.

 

Watch the video: janegoodall.org