We are fundraising to help support the Protect The Elephants campaign to raise awareness about the plight of Elephants in Zimbabwe on World Elephant Day and beyond
ZYBN is a network of young people interested in or already engaging in Biodiversity and Environmental Issues in Zimbabwe. The network is focused on raising awareness among Zimbabwe's young people and the role youth can play to achieve the Aichi Targets under the Convention of Biological Diversity. It aims to build capacity and strong partnerships among Zimbabwe's Youth so that they understand the urgency of the situation and take action to halt the loss of biodiversity so as to guard against the impacts for both present and future generations.
Elephants play and important role in the ecosystem, but they face threats from poachers who kill them for their tusks. We’ve all seen photographs of majestic elephants sporting long, off-white tusks on either side of their trunks. This ivory is both beautiful on the animals and essential to the species’ survival.
Elephant tusks evolved from teeth, giving the species an evolutionary advantage. They serve a variety of purposes: digging, lifting objects, gathering food, stripping bark from trees to eat, and defense. The tusks also protect the trunk—another valuable tool for drinking, breathing, and eating, among other uses.Just as humans are left or right handed, elephants, too, are left tusked or right tusked. The dominant tusk is usually more worn down from frequent use.Both male and female African elephants have tusks, while only male Asian elephants, and only a certain percentage of males today, have tusks.
Behind every piece of ivory—whether it be a full tusk or carved trinket—is a dead elephant. Poachers kill about 20,000 elephants every single year for their tusks, which are then traded illegally in the international market to eventually end up as ivory trinkets. This trade is mostly driven by demand for ivory in parts of Asia.
Elephants face the threat of poaching for their parts. We need your support to stop demand for illegal wildlife parts and products.
There is a lot that the network will require on this campaign – educational materials for a training workshop. Please help us secure the future of elephants by donating even the smallest amount – every cent really does count, and will be hugely appreciated.Many thanks for taking the time to read this and for your support. :-)
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