Safeguarding A Future For Africa’s Elephants (S.A.F.E.)
S.A.F.E. (Safeguarding A Future For Africa’s Elephants) launches a campaign to galvanize and unite travel industry and travelers to safeguard keystone species. Luxury travel company, Absolute Travel, is pleased to join S.A.F.E, a new campaign from The Bodhi Tree Foundation, aimed at galvanizing and uniting the tourism industry to help end the dramatic rise in poaching of Africa’s elephants for their ivory.
The S.A.F.E. campaign aims to build awareness of the crisis and provide essential support to selected field-based organizations working tirelessly to protect elephant populations.
Poaching levels of elephants in Africa have continued to escalate, with tens of thousands killed annually in Africa. At the current rate they are being killed, elephants risk extinction as early as 2025.
With 53 million tourists traveling to Africa in 2012, the loss of elephants has a tremendous impact on the global tourism industry and Africa’s economy. In most African countries, tourism is a major source of earnings and millions of people risk losing their livelihoods. With no wildlife to view, travelers will disappear. As a keystone species, elephants play a critical role in the ecosystem and biodiversity of Africa and without them, ecosystems could cease to exist. Travel leaders all over the world recognize all the implications of this crisis and need to take action immediately.
Absolute Travel president and founder Ken Fish explained, “My team and I cannot imagine a world without elephants. We are proud to do our part alongside other industry leaders to give these compassionate creatures a voice during one of their darkest times. As a partner of The Bodhi Tree Foundation’s S.A.F.E campaign, we are able to provide a bigger voice to the global community about this crisis and give our partners and travelers tangible ways that, together, we can turn this around.”