On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, people around the world will mark the fourth annual World Elephant Day, a day to honor elephants, spread awareness about the violent and critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival. Please feel free to use the quote or photos below in your coverage. David Banks, Africa Program Director, The Nature Conservancy is available for interviews on the plight of elephants, and conservation work on the demand and supply side of the illegal ivory trade. Best – Kathleen Goldstein, 1-202-841-0295
Elephants are experiencing the worst ivory poaching crisis in history. It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000, with an estimated 20,000 elephants killed last year alone.
Elephant with Mt. Kilimanjaro at Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Photo Credit: © Danielle Mussman for The Nature Conservancy
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Quote: “The Nature Conservancy chose to sponsor World Elephant Day because it is an important opportunity to bring global awareness to the impacts of elephant poaching,” said David Banks, Africa Program Director, The Nature Conservancy. “Poaching is threatening the survival of elephants and hurts the people who live where elephants range by fueling crime and scaring away tourists who bring income to families who desperately need it.”