Saturday, August 11, 2018

TODAY is WORLD ELEPHANT DAY

Today is World Elephant day so I wanted to post some news about these beloved gentle giants and how fortunate we are that they still roam our earth. Put an Elephant in your heart today.

CAPTURED ELEPHANTS DIE UP TO SEVEN YEARS SOONER THAN THOSE BRED IN CAPTIVITY

Myanmar’s wild-captured elephants exhibited median lifespan three to seven years shorter than that of captive-born creatures
Today, one third of the world’s Asian elephants—numbering roughly 15,000—live in captivity. Some are housed in zoos or research facilities, while others are held by private owners. The largest population of these creatures, however, exists in Myanmar, where roughly 5,000 elephants form the backbone of the country’s timber logging industry.
Myanmar’s captive-born and wild-captured timber elephants live side-by-side, working by day and scavenging for food by night. Both are tamed and trained prior to entering the workforce, and both are subject to government regulations regarding workload and rest periods—including holidays, maternity leave and a mandatory retirement age. Still, a new study published in Nature Communications suggests that the two groups face vastly different risks, with wild-captured elephants exhibiting higher mortality rates than those bred in captivity.
I adopted TARRA from the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, providing Sanctuary for more than 20 years.
I have a link on my blog at the top that says:
 "buy me a watermelon"  ~That is Tarra's and many of
the elephant's favor treats. All funds go directly to the 
Sanctuary to help provide food and care for all the elephants
 that the staff there are so dedicated too.

HAPPY WORLD ELEPHANT DAY ~ HOW LUCKY ARE WE!
Love an Elephant today!


3 comments:

  1. I had NO idea, Kim. It was also good to read that elephants receive really good care in Myanmar. I remember how we humans had to fight for maternity leave as recently as the late 1980s or early 90s and these gentile giants are treated with such great respect. I am delighted to read they get treated so humanely. I wonder what the disparity is between the two groups and longevity.

    Sorry I missed World Elephant Day yesterday!

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  2. I am late for commenting but none the less, happy you shared this post Kim!
    Such beautiful,gentle giants! We are blessed to have such majestic creatures on this earth.
    sending hugs my friend,Jackie xx

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  3. If you love elephants, check out https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ It is a rescue in Kenya. Awesome place.

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