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Thousands around the World Marching to Save the Elephant

Elephants in dry grassesOn Saturday, October 4, in what organizers are billing as the largest demonstration of its kind, thousands of people in 120 cities around the world will join the second annual international march for elephants. Although attention has grown to the plight of elephants and rhinos at the hands of poachers who hunt them for their tusks and horns, experts say the threat of extinction remains.

The marchers will raise awareness and ask their governments to publicly destroy their stockpiles of illegal wildlife products and show zero tolerance for illegal trading.

Elephant March DC 2014 map

March route in Washington, DC.

In a recent blog, Aid for Africa quoted the head of the international agency that monitors trade in endangered species who said that there has been a “slight decline” in the slaughter of elephants during the last three years. He added, however, that it was time to tackle the problem not only in the field, where elephants are slaughtered, but at custom agencies and illegal markets.

Awareness continues to grow. In the United States, the nationally syndicated PBS News Hour this week broadcast an excellent in-depth look at efforts to stop the slaughter of elephants in Kenya. National Geographic highlighted the loss of almost two-thirds of all elephants in Central Africa and elsewhere in Africa.

Unable to march on Saturday? There are other ways you can help save the African elephant.

• Get informed–follow the links in this story. Read our post blogs.
• Join  Aid for Africa and our member organizations Wildlife Conservation Network
and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to help end the slaughter.
Pledge to Save the Africa Elephant from Extinction