Protect African Elephants' Food Sources

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Originally Posted: 4 May 2009

Protect African Elephants' Food Sources


Urge the Ministry of Tourism in Nairobi to listen to conservation biologists' research and address the problems of adequate nutrition for African Elephants before these magnificent creatures are even more endangered.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, contact Najib Balala directly:

Hon. Najib Balala
Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya
P.O. Box 30435, 00100, Nairobi
phone 020 2848592
cell 0724 650000

INFORMATION / SAMPLE LETTER (write your own letter; use the following for talking points):

Dear Hon. Balala,

I am writing today after learning of the six-year study conducted in Kenya by the University of Utah and Save the Elephants. The research, on elephants in the Samburu and Buffalo Springs national reserves, shows that a global warming-led decrease in the wet season is posing a grave threat to elephant reproduction.

The changing climate in Kenya is leading to less and less grass that African elephants need for their nutrition. And if the female elephants cannot bulk up enough, they cannot manage their 22-month pregnancies and continue the reproductive cycle.

These magnificent creatures need your help! Not only are they a vital part of our ecosystem, they form the basis of much of the tourism in your region, as people travel from around the world to see these beautiful creatures in their native habitats.

[Your comment here]

The health and diet of African elephants is important to me! Take heed of conservation biologists' research and address the problems of adequate nutrition before these magnificent creatures are even more endangered.

[Your name here]

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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