BAGO YOMA AND AYEYARWADY DELTA :: MYANMAR
Fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild, and fewer than 2,000 of them are found in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar. Historically, poaching there has been minimal because only 1% of male elephants in Myanmar have tusks. (All African elephants grow tusks, while only some male Asian elephants do.)
China made it illegal to buy and sell elephant ivory at the end of last year, and the law is already producing positive results.
Among 2,000 people surveyed across 15 Chinese cities with ivory markets, those who previously said that they’d either bought ivory products in the past and planned to do so again, or wanted to buy ivory products for the first time, dropped substantially now that the law is in full force, according to two new studies by WWF and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
Minneria National park is one of the most conserved areas in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. We have heard many stories about saving these magnificent giants from going extinct as they face many difficult situations as they travel around migrating from safe areas to areas with human villages and cities.
Let’s take a look at this magnificent scenery of beautiful green grasslands surrounded by trees and blue water in the middle. Does it look like somewhere you want to be with these humble giants passing by?
Remember the elephant that stands on the road waiting and demanding food from the travelers and pilgrims that travel through this area. The gigantic Toll booth elephant being back at it again eating and eating more from demanding from the people who travel through the road. Obviously, the place smells like a fruit salad most of the time, so these elephants know how to come back even after a day.
Watch this video closely on how peaceful and calm they are when offered with food, so they expect nothing more than some food and a full lane to stay and eat.
Elephants in captivity around the world face a life of isolation living within substandard facilities facing boredom, neglect and in some cases direct abuse at the hand of humans. Unfortunately it comes down to human greed and lack of understanding.
The only reason elephants are subjected to these lives of imprisonment is to entertain people; we are intrigued by the animal world and we want to be as close to it as we can, even if means the animal is destined to a life of suffering.