With this sort of price 'on their heads'?
The rhinos dont fair any better....
... or the lions, walrus, dolphins, sharks?
Us humans are still and seems will always be destroying the earth, especially those who can't speak for themselves.
Absolute joke on how much these traders were found when discovered with 4.9 million kes of ivory ornaments at Nairobi Airport
When in Kenya during late-Oct/Nov, spending a few days on the Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to the Mara (Ol Seki Camp) met a wonderful guy who is patrolling the air daily in his own small plane, keeping an eye out for the overall well-being of the ellees here and as he just reported to me, 'they haven't lost a single ellee since 1st Dec." Might not seem like a lot, but every ellee that is still alive, is better than a dead one.
In reply to email I sent after reading the above links and too many other recent similar reports that were so distressing, inquired of Marcel 'what's happening' over there.
Well, Kenya had in '12 lost about 2,500 ellees, though the 'official' count is 300. He well believes the former number is closer to the truth.
Marcel's organization, Fly4Elephants at www.fly4elephants.com, though their Facebook page is best for daily updates to learn what his small group of private funders are trying to accomplish. It's not only to search for poachers, but the overall situation, whether - babies/moms, others in distress, or that all is okay.
The last morning I was at camp, as Marcel flew over, with a wave to me, watching from my tent deck had our eyes a bull in distress, dragging his leg. On landing, he got into the vehicle to move closer to better establish the situation which indicated a vet would be needed and who was contacted. Unfortunately it was too late as the leg was infected and there was nothing that could be done.
Take a look at the Facebook page and if it moves you any, do consider a donation.
They are establishing in the US a tax-free site for donations, though if those reading are from other countries... look into this aspect if it's important to you. Again, 'small' amounts are welcomed, even if just for the fuel to get his little 'yellow' bumble-bee colored plane up into the blue skies... you've done a good deed.
I have no involvement with this group (or any other), but was quite impressed with what's being done and know my own donation right then and there when we met was used for good. And, don't forget about the various Lion Projects that are operating in the Mara and elsewhere in Kenya. It's the least we can do from the distances we are.
See the link below on ways of trying to help
All of us need to sign the petition today! Some great gifts available through the link - DVDs of Tsavo, hand knitted items and tshirts supporting the cause.
Intro to an upcoming Web series, National Geographic filmmakers share their experiences documenting the illegal ivory trade.
UK raises red flag over poaching in Kenya