Raising Awareness about the African Elephant

For over two decades, Ashu Bhandari served in executive management positions before retiring and utilizing his skills on a pro bono basis. A widely traveled philanthropist, Ashu Bhandari has developed an awareness of African wildlife through his participation in safaris.

The African elephant, which is considered one of the Big Five game in Africa, is the largest land animal on Earth, and herds migrate throughout 37 countries in Africa. Although conservation efforts from various international organizations have provided a measure of protection to African elephants over the years, renewed poaching efforts to capitalize on the growing ivory trade have resulted in an unprecedented number of deaths.

According to a 2012 study, African elephant poaching rates over 10 years skyrocketed to 65 percent, compared to 25 percent over the previous 10-year period. From 2010 to 2012 alone, poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants-more than one-fifth of the entire population. The issue of repopulation is complicated due to the fact that elephants have a gestational period of nearly 22 months, longer than any other mammal. At the current rate, African elephants are in danger of becoming extinct within the century.

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