By Eamonn Lavery
There might not be that many of them, and they might not move much, but the life size elephant models in Liverpool One, championed by John Challis, aka Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, are hard to miss.
The collection of magnificent adults and cute babies are drawing attention to the ´If They´re Gone…´ campaign supported by Knowsley Safari. Launched by Defra, the partnership campaign aims to highlight the plight of these endangered animals and how people can help to save them from extinction.
Bay TV Liverpool spoke to John Challis and Charlie Mayhew from the Tusk Trust, a charity which helps elephants survive in the wild.
The campaign brings together a range of organisations including government, wildlife NGOs, zoos and safari parks to provide more information on the plight of wild tigers, rhinos, elephants and orangutans and how people can help save them from extinction.
All of these species are hunted and killed for illegal wildlife products and their natural habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Internationally, the demand for traditional Asian medicines, which use parts of tigers, rhinos and elephants, is sky-rocketing.
We will show that it is important to save these popular species for future generations and that everybody can contribute to their survival.
Extinction is not something that happened thousands of years ago – it is happening right now. Spread the word to your family and friends ´If They´re Gone...´ they´re gone forever! More....