August 12 marks a very special day, and is particularly important for Camp Jabulani. Today is World Elephant Day.
This is a day dedicated to these gentle giants, and is specially focused on bringing awareness to the biggest threats jeopardizing their survival – poaching, the illegal ivory trade and widespread habitat destruction.
What makes the elephant so special?
• No-one could deny it is simply magnificent – in size and form.
• The elephant is one of the most intelligent animals on earth. It is known to express grief, humour, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness and a capability to use tools.
• Elephants, humans, and Neanderthals are the only animals known to have death rituals. They will mourn their deceased, and cover their remains with sticks. Even herds that come across an unknown deceased elephant will show similar respect.
• If an elephant gets sick, herd members will bring it food and help to support it as it stands.
• If a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and approach to touch, caress and comfort it.
• Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
• Elephants will “hug” each other by wrapping trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.
• The elephant plays a vital role to both animals and plants in its ecosystem. Have a look at this video clip which highlights the many reasons to protect them.
We call on all of our friends around the world to take a moment to honour this incredible species, unlike any other, on World Elephant Day. It would be a travesty if they were to become extinct.
From the most ardent elephant supporters of all!
The Camp Jabulani Team