It’s World Elephant day and we have a burning question for you. Do you know how to say hello in elephant language? A new campaign led by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) will help you communicate like an elephant and send a message to your friends and family in Elephant Language. How cool is that? Now form an orderly queue!
Learn to Speak Elephant Language
Elephants have one of the richest repertoires of communication and are amongst the most emotionally sophisticated animals on the planet. They demonstrate humour, compassion, co-operation, self-awareness, joy and grief. Did you know that elephants, along with humans and Neanderthals, are the only known animals to participate in death rituals? Their complex language however, is endangered, along with the species, as we all know due to poaching, lost of habitat and increasing conflict between elephants and humans as we all jockey for space on our crowded planet earth.
By inputting a phrase by voice, text or emoji at www.helloinelephant.com, people will see a video of an elephant communicating the same greeting or emotion back to them. The video can be immediately shared with friends via Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to help raise awareness of the elephants’ plight.
The Hello in Elephant campaign has been developed in partnership with ElephantVoices, using its founder and esteemed conservationist Dr Joyce Poole’s research into elephant communication and behaviour, which has been conducted over her 40-year career, working with and studying elephants.
Elephants are awe-inspiring and every moment in their company brings joy and wonder as we observe creatures that have evolved over over thousands of years. Unlocking their rich emotive communication and gaining deeper insight into their world helps to bring us closer to nature, our extraordinary eco system and helps to spark exciting conversations around conservation and how to protect endangered species.
Get involved, be more elephant, and let’s talk and share ideas around elephant conservation as we urgently need to change hearts and minds around these fantastic beasts of the natural world.
Commenting on the campaign, Angela Sheldrick, Chief Executive Officer of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust says, “ We hope this campaign will inspire budding conservationists to help elephants by supporting the work of the DSWT and our campaign partner ElephantVoices, to help us to continue our vital elephant protection projects.”
Born from the Sheldrick family’s passion for Africa and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
Elephants are in increased danger of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss. There were over 10 million African elephants in the early 20th century, now there are less than 400,000. By 2025, scientists predict there could be only 190,000 left.
Angela Sheldrick continued: “Africa’s wildlife is being pushed to the brink of extinction. The lucrative illegal ivory trade is killing up to 70 elephants a day, human-wildlife conflict is leaving behind injured and orphaned wild animals that would not survive without intervention and habitat destruction is endangering important biodiversity areas. Through this campaign’s celebration of this magnificent animal, we hope to raise more awareness of the elephant’s plight and funding for elephant rescue and conservation projects.”
To say hello in elephant or to donate go to www.helloinelephant.com