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African Bush Elephant
Transcript of African Bush Elephant
the African Bush Elephant lives in herds, mainly made up of females and their young
males travel and live alone, until mating season they don't interact with the herds
constantly migrating through different parts of Africa
also known as the African Savanna Elephant
the population of African Bush elephants has dropped in large amounts since the 1980s when there were several million alive
they are classified as vulnerable, one step above being an endangered species
currently, there are about 430,000 left
elephants are giant mammals, so they don't have many natural predators
but humans are the elephant's biggest threat
hunting has caused the most damage to the elephant's population
both male and female adult elephants are hunted mainly for their tusks, but also meat, skin, and bones
Why Should Something Be Done?
the African Bush Elephants play an important role in their ecosystems
even though they aren't usually attacked by other animals, they are still a food source for some lions, hyenas, jaguars, crocodiles, etc.
in central Africa, up to 30 percent of tree species require elephants to help with dispersal and germination (spreading seeds and pollen from their feet and trunks)
they are also a tourist attraction all across Africa
What's Being Done Now?
hunting elephants in Africa is an illegal act, but it's such a large area that it's hard to control
the National Conservancy and WWF are trying to help by training and equipping wildlife rangers to patrol the area
the National Conservancy is also working with China and trying to stop the illegal trade of ivory by lowering the demand for it
many scientists are working on GPS tracking along with the wildlife patrol, but it takes a lot of time and money to do so
we have 1 million dollars available to us
we are going to work with the WWF foundation starting in Cameroon, Africa (where many of the elephants are located)
we're going to work on training and equipping wildlife rangers to patrol the area
Starting Off Small
we're only working in Cameroon at first to test if our solution will be affective
if we find the Cameroon project works, we will gather more money from donations and grants to expand the project
for now, we're focusing on Cameroon, located on Africa's western coast
we will spend $500,000 on the walkie-talkies and the equipment needed for everyone to be able to communicate
we'll spend $100,000 on first-aid kits
the remaining $140,000 will be spent on purchasing a facility where all the radio signals will be sent to/from and where volunteers will report to before going out for their shift
largest land mammal (13 ft. tall and weighing 6-7 tons)
can live to be almost 70 years old
they are herbivores and eat about 300 lbs. of vegetation daily (mainly roots, grasses, fruit, and bark)
they live in different places across Africa, ranging from the open savanna, to the desert or the rainforest
But what caused the population to drop so quickly?
This is the African Bush Elephant.
Over Hunting/Illegal Hunting of the African Bush Elephant
So what can we do?
we have about $10,000 set aside for our personal transportation and resources
we're spending our first $250,000 on advertising for volunteers and donations
we're going to post online ads on websites such as WWF, National Geographic, Animal Planet, etc.
we're going to start off with 50,000 volunteers
each volunteer will receive training within the WWF Foundation on what to do if they run into trouble
patrols will be paired up, covering a 6 square mile area for 8 hours at a time
each two patrols will be responsible for a first aid kit, water, and walkie-talkies
if there is a problem with an elephant, the police will be notified and the volunteers will try to keep the elephant safe until they arrive
If we are successful and elephant poaching decreases after a year, we will work on expanding our service and project!