Elephant Evacuation: 70 Elephants could be Shot – Please help to save Them

Posted: May 22, 2009 in environment
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UPDATE: before supporting this IFAW project, go to my latest post on the controversy surrounding it.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched an urgent funding drive to save a large herd of elephants – adults and babies – that face the firing line in the southeast African country of Malawi.

IFAW2The elephants – in a desperate search for food and water – are raiding storage areas and feuding with human communities. Villagers are putting down nail-bedded planks and setting snare traps that cut through the elephants’ skin – leaving gaping wounds in their legs and trunks. Three of the elephants have already had their trunks amputated by these vicious snares.

Now authorities plan to execute the entire herd if it is not moved from the area.

Please help save these elephants now – make your emergency donation right away so that the IFAW can move them to safety.

The IFAW has located a perfect spot for the elephants in a park called the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The animals that used to live there were poached to extinction, but the Malawi government has made the new park a protected sanctuary – an ideal place for these threatened elephants. Unfortunately, Majete is over 100 miles away – so moving these giants will be a monumental task.

In order to transport over a half-million pounds of elephant 100 miles, we’re going to need major equipment, brute strength, a lot of animal-moving expertise, and funding to help pay for this urgent move.

Your contribution will help the IFAW:

  • Purchase the medicine needed to safely sedate the elephants – so they don’t hurt themselves or the handlers.
  • Pay for the helicopter needed to track the elephants down and shoot them with tranquilizer darts.
  • Supply all other ground transportation costs, including the huge trucks and support vehicles needed to carefully transport the elephants to Majete.

The organisation has a large team in place…they have a helicopter and trucks ready to go…and they have plenty of experience moving elephants…

Now all they need is your donation.

The Malawi Department of Parks and Wildlife has already agreed to partner with the IFAW on this special project. But they need to act fast. If the elephants aren’t moved by June 5th, they will be shot.

Please help to move them to safety – make your emergency donation today.

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Comments
  1. Kathy says:

    BEWARE! I donated to this cause and now I am sick to learn that this park may consider trophey hunting in the future!

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