David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphan’s Supporting the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos October 3rd and 4th 2015

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Media Release – Vancouver Global March for Elephants and Rhinos 2015

For Immediate Release

Vancouver BC Joins 130 Cities in Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

There is a war on wildlife. In many parts of Africa elephants and rhinos are killed with AK47’s, or more painfully with poison arrows. Their faces are removed (often when they’re still alive) for their tusks and horns. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. In the past decade elephant populations across Central Africa have declined by 60%. All species of rhinos face the same dire future. The Western Black rhino is extinct. There is one carefully guarded northern white male rhino left in the world. When he dies, they too will be extinct. A rhino is killed every 8 hours.

In Asia,the Asian elephant is even more endangered with fewer than 30,000 remaining. Many of these are forced into lives of grueling hardship in the tourism trekking and illegal logging industries,

Canada still allows legal trade of ivory in Canada if the ivory is deemed to be pre-1989 (something which is extremely difficult to prove). This loophole here and in other nations allows new ivory to continue to be illegally traded.

This year 10 Canadian cities are taking part in the annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to help raise awareness of the many challenges these animals face. With a large Asian population particularly in Vancouver, Canadians are in a unique position to engage the Pacific Rim (particularly Hong Kong) on issues related to the ivory trade.

On September 30th NDP MLA Port Coquitlam read a private members bill in the BC Legislature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-eqW8Algms

Date: October 3rd, 2015

Where: Vancouver Public Library – North Plaza

Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm


Background Information

If the slaughter continues, these species that have roamed the world for millions of years will be extinct within a generation (15 years). Global action is needed today.

The ivory and rhino horn trade are driven by the growth of the Chinese and Vietnamese middle class. The US is the second largest market for ivory. Terror groups such as El Shabaab and Boko Haraam, wreak devastation on communities, and elephant and rhino populations in order to fund terror activities. It is estimated that 70% of ivory makes its way to China to be used to make trinkets such as bracelets and amulets for worship. Rhino horn (made of keratin the same as human hair and nails) is believed to have magical properties and is used in Chinese medicine.

Raising awareness of the challenges facing wildlife is critical. Without our voice, these and other iconic keystone species will be eradicated. Please tell their story, and tell the story of the global march…a group of everyday people from around the world who are united in the belief that the slaughter of these emotionally intelligent and complex animals must be stopped.

About the Global March:

 The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, is a global grassroots advocacy movement whose aim is to end the poaching crisis against elephants, rhinos and other endangered species. Last year in 137 cities, 50,000 marched. It was the largest wildlife march to ever take place and was endorsed by the UN Sustainable Development, Jane Goodall and the David Sheldrick Wildlfe Trust amongst others.

 The goals of the Global March are to:

  • Reclassify Elephants and Rhinos under the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) as ‘endangered’.
  • To stop the legalization of the rhino horn trade in South Africa
  • To stop the hunting of elephants, rhinos, pangolins, lions (etc.)
  • Apply pressure on the government of China to implement its May 2015 announced intention of “eventually” ceasing the ivory trade: to close the ivory carving factories and the State-sponsored ivory retail shops
  • To stop the trade of baby elephants and other wildlife for life in captivity.

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in Vancouver is organized and hosted by Elephanatics a Westcoast elephant advocacy group.

To join the global march click here or here.

Additional Resources:

Wildaid – Elephant poaching infographic video

Global March Vancouver 2014

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos


Elephant Summit Background Information

Support for the March:


For more information:

Tessa Vanderkop


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Poem of the Week: A Reward – Denise Levertov via Poetry Mistress Alison McGhee

A Reward
–  Denise Levertov

Tired and hungry, late in the day, impelled
to leave the house and search for what
might lift me back to what I had fallen away from,
I stood by the shore waiting.
I had walked in the silent woods:
the trees withdrew into their secrets.
Dusk was smoothing breadths of silk
over the lake, watery amethyst fading to gray.
Ducks were clustered in sleeping companies
afloat on their element as I was not
on mine. I turned homeward, unsatisfied.
But after a few steps, I paused, impelled again
to linger, to look North before nightfall-the expanse
of calm, of calming water, last wafts
of rose in the few high clouds.
And was rewarded:
the heron, unseen for weeks, came flying
widewinged toward me, settled
just offshore on his post,
took up his vigil.
If you ask
why this cleared a fog from my spirit,
I have no answer.

For more information on Denise Levertov, please click here.

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2015 Vancouver – Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Marchers’ Toolkit and Resources

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Here is a toolkit to help you get the word out! Posters, petitions, umbrellas and t-shirts are soon to come!

Vancouver March:
October 3rd – 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library – North Plaza – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Speakers: Dr. Jake Wall – Save the Elephants (African Elephant)
Dr. Hedy Fry  – MP Vancouver Centre
Rosemary Conder – BC SPCA – Elephants in Tourism (Asia)

For those of you attending the Vancouver march and who are interested in helping us get the word out here are a few tools:

Download – Print – Post!


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Umbrellas! Purple and Black are available! $45.00

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T-SHIRTS for SALE – $20.00








Legislative Support!

Global March and Elephant Rhino crisis presented as a private members bill in the BC legislature by Mike Farnworth NDP MLA for Port Coquitlam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-eqW8Algms


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12:00 pm to 2:00 PM

12:00 to 12:40 – music, face painting, t-shirt and umbrella sales, sign the petition

12:40 to 12: 45 Opening Remarks


12: 45 to 12:55 pm Dr. Hedy Fry

12:55 to 1:10 pm Dr. Jake Wall (Save the Elephants)

1:10 pm to 1:20 pm Rosemary Conder (BC SPCA)

1:20 to 1:40 march

1:40 photo, closing remarks, next steps


This year Vancouver joins 10 other Canadian cities on the weekend of October 3 & 4th. Over 120 cities around the world will also be marching to draw attention to the crisis facing these species (and others) and to call for an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade that is pushing these (and many other species) towards extinction.Our march also aims to raise awareness of the issues facing the Asian elephant. It is estimated that there are less than 30,000 remaining with many living difficult (abusive) lives in the tourist trekking and illegal logging industries. Wherever you are find a march near you.

elephanatics.org is hosting this march! https://www.facebook.com/Elephanatics — Like us!

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