Thousands expected at first World March for Elephants

From London to Nairobi – next week will see the single largest demonstration of awareness for the plight of elephants, highlighting the increasing risk to the survival of this majestic species. Organised by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Care for the Wild’s longest running partner, the International March for Elephants as part of their iworry campaign will be held in 15 cities of the world on Friday 4th October.

The lucrative ivory trade is destroying Africa’s elephant population in an all-out war for profit. Wild elephants are brutally being gunned down and their tusks hacked from their bodies for illegal sale as ‘trinkets’. In the 1980s, an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed each year by hunting, and we were there to support the rescue of the orphans and protect them for wild release. But in 2011 we saw the highest volume of illegal seizures of ivory since records began – the poachers are back, and have a new lucrative market in the east.

Philip Mansbridge CEO of Care for the Wild, calls all supporters to join the fight:

“We have been working with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for over 25 years to care for orphans from the ivory trade as well as operating our own anti-poaching units in Kenya – from our front-line field based teams we know the risk to elephants is reaching urgency! Right now across Africa five elephants are lost per hour. Every hour. Every day. This simply cannot be allowed to continue!

“In the UK earlier this year Care for the Wild’s high level lobbying helped to secure a landmark commitment from G8 leaders to commit vital funds to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade. This is a great step – but more is needed if we are to save the elephant. We will be there in London, to push for international collaboration to fight the illegal ivory trade – we hope to see Care for the Wild supporters across the world join with us to save the elephant.”

The International March for Elephants will be held in Arusha, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, Munich, Nairobi, Rome, Toronto, and Wellington. The peaceful protest will conclude at Government buildings where a letter carrying the voice of thousands of people will be publicly presented, calling for stricter penalties and urgent global change

Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, founder of the world-class elephant rehabilitation centre says:

“A world without elephants is hard to comprehend. Their extinction would not only bring heartbreak, but a substantial and severe strain on Africa’s political and economic stability.”

Last chance for Elephants – Call to action

 The March in London, also supported by EIA, Born Free and IFAW, will include key speakers and supporters in Parliament Square including Nicky Campbell, Rula Lenska, Mary Rice, with more to be confirmed.  

10:45 – 11:00       Meet at Forum Magnum Square (SE1 7GL)

11:00 – 11:30       Begin March over Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square

11:30 – 13:30       Peaceful protest in Parliament Square with speeches

We hope to see you there!

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Read our ‘Last chance for elephants’ appeal here.

Not in London? Find the iworry ‘International March for Elephants’ closest to you!  Here.