What about the elephants?

elephant family in amboselielephants crossingsGenesis 1:21

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

If God gifts you with something, assured that it is perfectly good, healthy, wholesome and worth safe-guarding.

So what is it with poaching? .  Elephant poaching amounts to killing these beautiful and highly intelligent beasts for their teeth!  Ivory is beautiful but would you wear bone on your person?   Would it be the currency of choice if these gentle guardians of nature help balance the ecosystem, leaving you to live in harmony wherever you choose?

Did you know that elephants are responsible for up to thirteen different tree species.  If the elephants stop ingesting the nuts of these trees, most of them would not repopulate East Africa?  Elephants scoop these seeds in their daily feed on grass and disperse the processed seeds widely, giving the environment, other wildlife and people everywhere with tree cover.

Our people and continental leaders have a tough challenge – burgeoning populations that continue to claim more wildlife territories each day, week, month and year.  The tragedy is that in every territory, the animals resident in that area inherit an intrinsic memory of the best pasture, watering holes and migratory routes.  The governments and general population remain largely unaware of this and assume fencing in wild animals solves the problem.  Others go too far and promote animal culls – creating a bloodbath of innocent death, albeit non-human.

If our wildlife balance culled, then we will pass on ‘silent savannah’ occupied by decaying carcasses of the remaining wildlife, , as we continue to upset nature’s God-ordained balance. Central and West Africa have the challenge of silent forests – gleaned of all the beautiful wildlife they once had.  Traded or eaten.  Ebola exported to various parts of the world.  Can we afford to accelerate this trend?

The ivory trade is linked to terrorism and cruel political gains in this part of the world.  We as Africans who love their continent need your support and prayer – stave off the growing demand for ivory trinkets and other game trophies.  If you love wildlife and cannot wait for the next wildlife documentary; if you hope that your children and their children can enjoy wildlife tales and travel, then support us and sign up to iWorry, Save the Elephants, Born Free’s Bloody Ivory and WWF.  Say NO to bloody ivory, say NO to endless wildlife deaths.