World Elephant Day 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
In Livingstone we have been celebrating World Elephant Day with
the pupils and community members at Nakatindi Village.
The day has attracted adults from the community as well as
pupils from the school - many of whom turned up in smartly dressed
in their school uniforms despite being on holidays at the moment.
We had plenty of games, lectures and everyone enjoyed some elephant
The children of community had never played pin the tail on the
donkey, so pin the trunk on the elephant was a real novelty for
them - even the adults got involved. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it
and had lots of laughs - albeit some attempts were more successful
Junior, one of our guides at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, led a very
informative lecture all about the role elephants play as a keystone
species here in Africa and why they are so important to the
environment - including all of the fantastic things to do with
We also delved into the threats facing elephants today from
poaching and the illegal wildlife trade to habitat loss and
human-elephant conflicts. The lecture ended with 'what the
community can do to ensure the elephants future', by not poaching
or selling products from a poached animal (either ivory, elephant
hair or meat), practicing sustainable land use, setting up safe
deterrents to safeguard their homes from elephants and spreading
the word about what they have learnt here today.
The day has been a huge success and we're glad to be changing
attitudes towards elephants!