Global March for Elephants & Rhinos – October 4th

A living elephant is worth a staggering 76 times more alive than dead for its tusks according to new report: Dead or Alive: Valuing an elephant, released by iWorry today.

The report also found approx. 17.8 tonnes of ivory was seized between Jan-Aug this year. Yet with customs typically seizing just 10% of goods, this suggests 178 tonnes of ivory could have been illegally trafficked or nearly 20,000 elephants killed.

“Protecting Africa’s elephants makes monetary sense and in the long term, elephants are worth more alive roaming the world’s savannah and forests than their tusks are sitting on a mantle. That’s a powerful argument to convince policy makers to protect them” says Rob Brandford, iworry campaign director.

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Ghosting Giants

Crisp evening caressed by a fading winter light
Chorus of crickets seduce the twinkling starlit night
Earthy scents linger: sultry on the breeze
A night full of giants: ghosting through the trees
Midnight’s cloak spreads across the dark African bush
A whooshing of night wings breaks the eerie hush
Night’s mantle of darkness drifts and fades

Dawn explodes veined with delicate gold braid
A lone Malachite kingfisher hovers: iridescent in his reflection
A duplication of beauty: one of nature’s perfections
Fingers of sunlight stroke the listening tree
An insect in a spider’s silky web: no longer free
The valleys morning breath blows warm under the cerulean sky
A throaty grunt from a restless hippo: a piercing cry
Drowsiness hangs: dust heavy in the air
No footprints of elephants: trees all trembling with fear

Grey ghosts of Africa marching to a random beat
Mirage of frolicking elephants: light on their feet
A heavy silence hangs motionless: hemmed in by the trees
Illusion or reality: haunting chimes on the breeze

Consumers of ivory I scream in despair
Is anyone listening? Do any of you care
What will become of these ambassadors: gentle creatures of the land
Left bleeding and tuskless: blood on the sand
Why would you desire something so symbolic of suffering and death
Butchered for trinkets: I hold my breath

China: you hold the power to end this destruction
Close your carving factories: Stop ivory production
Ensuring that elephants continue to amble to the dance of life.

~ Special thanks to Jenny Luke