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mighty, gentle, intelligent, beautiful
- Elephants are the world's largest land animals.
- Scientists have discovered that elephants can experience deep emotions.
- Elephants play a vital role in helping maintain forest and savannah ecosystems for other species.
- It has been calculated that at least one-third of all tree species in central African forests rely on elephants to distribute their seeds.
In the early 1900s, we began to slaughter elephants by the million – turning their majestic tusks into ivory trinkets, statues and piano keys.
Today, an average of three to four elephants are killed every hour in Africa, powered by the demand for ivory in Asia. Over 30,000 elephants are massacred every single year.
Other threats faced by the elephants:
- Habitat loss – as the human population expands, more land is being converted to agriculture meaning elephant habitats are shrinking and becoming more fragmented.
- Conflict with humans - as a result of habitat loss, elephants are being forced into close quarters with human beings. Elephants sometimes raid farmers' fields for food, which damages the crops and affects the farmers' livelihood. Elephants are sometimes then killed in retaliation.
What WWF is doing
The illegal ivory extracted from poached elephants is usually smuggled out of Africa, with a proportion of this ivory ending up in shops in Hong Kong. Our lax regulations are allowing ivory traders to profit from a broken system, making money from the slaughter of innocent elephants. WWF-Hong Kong’s goal is to stop elephants from being killed by ending the ivory trade.
WWF’s solution is that the Hong Kong government must end ivory sales and processing in the city. We are now gathering public support for this ban.
On a global scale, WWF is working towards:
- Improving the welfare of frontline rangers and training them in elephant monitoring and anti-poaching techniques.
- Mitigating human-elephant conflicts with innovative solutions, better land-use planning and building wildlife conservation into rural economies.
- Working with TRAFFIC to help identify the routes and countries of particular importance to the illegal ivory trade.
- Protecting elephant habitats by working with elephant range state governments, local people and non-governmental partners.
- Conducting research and monitoring to ensure our conservation projects are effective by studying the population status of elephants, identifying hotspots and areas of poaching activity, and tracking elephants to study their biology and natural history.
The Hong Kong government must end ivory sales and processing in the city, soon. We urgently need your support for this ban.
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