The Elephant – largest of all land mammals on earth with an important ecological impact – finds itself endangered among its many subspecies. EnviroKidz is proud to partner with Wild Earth Allies in their efforts to monitor and preserve these animals. Read on to learn more about elephants and what Wild Earth Allies is doing to keep them safe and healthy – whether in the African savannah or the tropical forests of Asia.
Did you know?
- Elephants are social creatures. They sometimes “hug” by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection. They also purr like cats do, as a means of communication.
- Elephants are extremely intelligent animals and have memories that span many years. They also display signs of grief, joy, anger, and play.
- Elephants can get sunburned, so they protect themselves with sand.
- The elephant’s trunk is able to sense the size, shape and temperature of an object. An elephant uses its trunk to lift food and suck up water then pour it into its mouth.
- Elephants are the largest land animals in the world. Their skin is an inch thick, and their molar teeth are the size of bricks!
Wild Earth Allies
Wild Earth Allies works with local organizations and individuals to protect the wildlife and habitats that are essential to global biodiversity and sustainability. By working with partners locally, Wild Earth Allies is able to tackle conservation challenges head-on to restore wildlife and communities. They envision a world where wildlife flourishes in healthy, sustainable ecosystems. To make this a reality, they currently have projects that span from Belize all the way to Cambodia.
EnviroKidz funding supports the endangered Asian elephants in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Forest. This forest is the largest remaining lowland evergreen forest in the Indo-Burma region and is home to a total of 55 threatened wildlife species. Cambodia’s deforestation rate is among the world’s highest, and the Prey Lang Forest is under threat from illegal logging, commercial agriculture, hunting and insecure land tenure.
Asian elephants are a keystone species and play an important role in the ecosystem. Its size and the volume of land it inhabits gives it the potential to protect other species and habitats. Despite the Asian elephants cultural significance, the Cambodian farmers consider the elephants as pests and dangerous, which results in human-elephant conflict.
To protect these gentle grazers, EnviroKidz funding has enabled Wild Earth Allies to set 20 camera traps in the Prey Lang Forest to assess the Asian elephant population. Knowing population size and status informs the next steps of conservation action. Additionally, community meetings, workshops and posters have been implemented to raise awareness and involve the local community in elephant conservation.
How can you save the elephants?
- Get to know your food and be sure that it’s sourced sustainably. Look for organic and fair trade labels.
- Choose jewelry and ornaments made from materials other than ivory, which is the leading cause of elephant poaching.
- Sponsor an elephant or a community ranger in Cambodia.
- Enjoy EnviroKidz Jungle Munch cereals knowing that 1% of sales goes to support these great programs.
Every time you buy one of Nature’s Path’s EnviroKidz products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education for kids worldwide. To date, we have raised over $3 million to help our partnering organizations with their educational and protection efforts!