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This music video says about itself:
Slash – Beneath the Savage Sun
7 May 2015
DONATE NOW: – Iconic rock guitarist Slash and singer Myles Kennedy composed this song to help IFAW stop the needless slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks and raise awareness of the global elephant crisis. Proceeds of the sale of the digital downloads of this song will go to IFAW to directly help in the fight to stop the killing of elephants and stop the trade and demand for ivory.
From Wildlife Extra:
Rock guitarist SLASH writes song for the elephants
Rock guitarist and songwriter, SLASH has released a song and video called Beneath The Savage Sun to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants.
British-born SLASH, who until the age of five lived in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to draw attention to the widespread poaching of elephants.
While on tour in South Africa, SLASH and the lead singer of his band, Myles Kennedy, witnessed the elephant crisis first-hand and felt they had to act. Together, they wrote the song from the perspective of an elephant whose family has been wiped out and is a highlight on the SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators group’s current album ‘World On Fire’.
“An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and the result is the elephant population has declined 95% in the past century,” explains SLASH. “Seeing that these majestic animals are on the path to extinction, possibly within the next decade, we wrote ‘Beneath The Savage Sun’ and partnered with IFAW. Donate to IFAW’s work to take action and protect elephants.”
IFAW’s CEO, Azzedine Downes, expressed gratitude to SLASH and Myles Kennedy for calling attention to the current elephant poaching crisis. “To save elephants from this senseless slaughter, we need everyone to stand up and demand stronger protection and we need to help fund action on the ground in Africa and Asia. We are grateful to Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for reaching out to their fans to share this important message.”
For more information about the song, the work of IFAW and to help with a donation click here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
96 Elephants: Take A Stand PSA featuring Billy Joel
16 April 2015
Africa’s elephants have just gotten a powerful new supporter –music legend, Billy Joel. Joel’s voice is heard in a series of new ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) 96 Elephants campaign – so named for the number of elephants slaughtered each day by poachers.
With the backdrop of computer-animated elephants coming to life from shards of ivory, Joel’s voiceover warns: “We can’t turn back time, but we can reverse this trend. Don’t be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct.”
The “Take a Stand for Elephants,” campaign was conceived and developed for 96 Elephants by pro bono partner, Steve Harper, founder of ThisisBonaFide.com.
From Wildlife Extra:
Pop star and pianist Billy Joel sings out for elephants
Singer/songwriter Billy Joel has lent his voice to a series of new ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign.
In the ads, computer-animated elephants come to life from shards of ivory and Joel’s voiceover warns: “We can’t turn back time, but we can reverse this trend. Don’t be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct.”
The six-time Grammy Award winner, who has written 33 Top 40 hits in the US since his first hit, Piano Man, in 1973 has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians in history.
Last year, he published an impassioned letter on his website in defense of elephants, saying, “I am a piano player. And I realise that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists – but a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day.
“There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys. But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced.
“Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species. Music should be a celebration of life – not an instrument of death.”
Elephants are increasingly in danger. At a conservation summit in Botswana in March, the IUCN reported that the African elephant population had dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013.
East Africa has seen the steepest decline, from 150,000 to about 100,000.
In September 2013, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) launched its 96 Elephants campaign to amplify and support the Clinton Global Initiative “Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants” by stopping the killing, the trafficking, and the demand.
The 96 Elephants campaign focuses on securing effective moratoria on sales of ivory; bolstering elephant protection; and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis.
The “Take a Stand for Elephants,” campaign was conceived and developed for 96 Elephants by pro bono partner, Steve Harper, an independent creative director, designer and animator based in New York and founder of ThisisBonaFide.com.
The campaign will appear across television, radio, print, digital, and out-of-home channels and media.
This video from Kenya says about itself:
Edie’s second wild born baby, Eden
3 April 2015
On 15th March Edie returned to the stockade along with the rest of Emily’s unit dragging a loose wire snare around her leg which she allowed the keepers to easily remove.
They were however concerned about Edie’s unusual behavior since she kept intermittently lying down and seemed exhausted. Little did they know that she was in fact in labour!
Read the full story here.
MISSING ELEPHANTS AT THE ZOO? The decline of elephant exhibits. [AP]
This video says about itself:
27 February 2015
A camera-trapping survey carried out by Fauna & Flora International in north-west Liberia has yielded a number of interesting results, including the country’s only footage of elephants filmed outside a designated protected area.
From Wildlife Extra:
Liberian camera trap survey captures rare footage of forest elephants
Camera traps in Liberia have captured footage of chimps, pygmy hippos and elephants. This is the country’s only footage of elephants filmed outside a designated protected area and includes scenes of a forest elephant heaving its massive body up a steep slope with surprising agility.
The cameras are part of a biodiversity baseline study carried out by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Wonegizi Proposed Protected Area, which aimed to gain a better understanding of the current health of the ecosystem and its wildlife.
“The initial surveys found at least three elephants in the area, but we have barely scratched the surface – we suspect that a more intensive, elephant-focused survey might reveal many more,” explained FFI’s Project Adviser, Josh Kempinski.
This not only highlights the importance of the area for biodiversity, but also strengthens the case for formal protection and will likely prove an important step towards the official designation of Wonegizi as a protected area.
This video is called Earth Focus Episode 58 – Asian Elephants in Peril.
From Discovery News:
Ringling Bros. to Phase Out Use of Circus Elephants
Mar 6, 2015 09:20 AM ET
Across America through the decades, children of all ages delighted in the arrival of the circus, with its retinue of clowns, acrobats and, most especially, elephants.
The company said the giant pachyderms will be gradually withdrawn from the big top, and will be gone from the show altogether by 2018.
Feld Entertainment — the parent company of America’s best known circus — called the decision an “unprecedented change in the 145-year old ‘Greatest Show On Earth’.”
It added that the retirement decision “was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers.”
Family scions Nicola and Alana Feld, meanwhile, acknowledged that the decision to retire their elephant act is part of an ongoing cultural shift.
“As the circus evolves, we can maintain our focus on elephant conservation while allowing our business to continue to meet shifting consumer preferences,” they said.
It once would have been unthinkable to have a big tent circus act without elephants, long a crowd favorite.
This video says about itself:
21 January 2015
An elephant calf makes an escape after it fell into a water storage pit in China’s Yunnan province on Tuesday. The calf tried to climb out of the two-metre-deep pit unsuccessfully before being found by local villagers. Police officers spent half an hour shovelling in earth to lower one of the sides of the pit, so the calf could climb out and return to the forest.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Video: Baby elephant is rescued in China after getting stuck down a water pit
The elephant is believed to have been stuck in the pit for a day before being spotted
Thursday 22 January 2015
A baby elephant has been rescued after it fell into an empty water storage pit in south-west China.
The tiny calf is said to have become trapped after venturing near the pit next to a nature reserve in the Yunan Province.
According to reports, the elephant could have been in the pit for over 24 hours.
The calf was found in the two metre deep ditch by local residents on Wednesday.
The villagers then alerted police, who came to help [to] rescue the elephant.
Officials believe that the elephant slipped into the pit after heavy rain had caused the surrounding area to become slippery.
A police spokesman said: “Looking at the scene the elephant probably fell into the hole yesterday.
“Because it rained yesterday, the ground around the pit was slippery.”
To help the elephant out, rescuers filled one side of the pit with dirt, while using hoes to lower its ledge.
The whole rescue effort was captured on camera.
After an hour of attempts to haul itself out, the elephant was eventually able to escape, before running into the forest.
The tiny elephant is now expected to join back up with its herd.