We absolutely refuse to be the generation that allows elephants to disappear from Africa’s forests and savannas. That’s why Absolute Travel is putting our foot down in the fight for Africa’s elephants, literally. On April 26th, our downtown SoHo office is heading uptown to the Bronx Zoo for their 6th Annual Run for the Wild in honor of Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign. With an office in South Africa and a team of wildlife lovers, this is right up our alley.
Team Captain Katie Lotz has taken the lead of the Absolute Herd. She says, “After a very long and cold winter, many of us, me included, are feeling as heavy as the elephants we are hoping to save! So, when I heard about Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild 5K, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and donations for a very worthy and time-sensitive cause.”
Although we have supported these gentle giants for years through Absolute Awareness, we are running this year for a reason. With poaching tragically on the rise, there are more orphans than ever before. Elephants experience love, joy, anger and grief, just like we do. It’s only appropriate that we show our kindness to one of the world’s most compassionate of creatures when they need it most. We are moved by elephants and are compelled to do our part to ensure we do our part to save them during this critical time.
Inspired by WCS’s website, here are some of the reasons:
A RANGE OF EMOTIONS: Intelligent and expressive, elephants can be conspicuously joyful creatures. When acquainted groups reunite, they rumble and trumpet, click their tusks together, entwine their trunks, and flap their ears with enthusiasm. But their capacity for happiness is matched by one for heartbreak. Elephants mourn their dead, staying by the bodies of slain herd members for hours or even days.
FAMILY: Matriarchs rule elephant society. Though grown males are solitary, related females live together with their young. These bonds are tight—mothers will do anything for their calves. And like a certain elder you may know, an elephant matriarch never forgets. That powerful memory leads her herd to food and water in times of drought; their survival depends on it.
THE LOST GENERATION: As poachers target the older matriarchs for their large tusks, a generation of young, orphaned African elephants is growing up without guidance. The consequences can be deadly. During Tanzania’s drought of 1993, matriarchs that endured a similar event decades earlier knew where to lead their herds for food and water. Groups with matriarchs too young to remember the previous drought lost more than half of their calves that year.
Why now? We are living during an elephant-poaching crisis. Increasing demand for ivory is fueling a brutal slaughter of African elephants. Last year alone, poachers killed some 35,000 of them. Elephants could go extinct in the wild in the next decade if we don’t stand up for them and do something. So, we are doing something.
What is the significance of 96 Elephants? Every single day, 96 elephants are slaughtered for their ivory—that’s one every fifteen minutes. This almost perfect species—compassionate, intelligent, altruistic—has all of the qualities you could want. Heartbreakingly, they also possess ivory, and are being massacred for it.
I haven’t run in years. What can I do to help?
– Run. Half of our team has not even broken out our running shoes since last summer, but we’re willing to run for the elephants! Join our team Absolute Travel & Friends now. If you’re not in NYC, go on a virtual run!
– Donate! Forgo your morning latte, and donate $5 to the elephants instead! You can donate for Absolute Travel’s team here!
– Sign this petition to ban ivory in New York State! It takes 1 minute.
The question everyone wants to know: Is Ken Fish running? Ken will be in Berlin with his wife on April 26th, but he has generously donated to all of our runners, and more importantly, Ken is invested in the fight for the elephants 365 days a year. There’s also a rumor that he may be running for conservation in the NYC Marathon on November 2nd. Stay tuned…
We thank you for your support!