By ALISON GOEBEL
Elephants are very fragile creatures but they are also very strong creatures, especially baby elephants.
These baby elephants are one of the slowest animals to grow up. Not only are they born nearly blind, but it also takes 12 to 13 years for them to mature. Until this point, the calf needs its mother.
In Kenya, poaching is a problem, so the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, one of the centers that rescues orphaned elephants in Kenya, works to protect these animals.
They now have saved hundreds of baby elephants and offer veterinary accommodations and educate local communities about elephants and taking care of them.
The ultimate goal is to create a new family and a new home for these elephants who have lost their own.
I thought that it was very interesting that CNN produced a story on this. I for one, absolutely love elephants. I’m obsessed with them so writing about it feels right.
With everything that is going on in the world that is newsworthy, CNN decided to prepare this story, and to be honest, I’m glad that they did but I’m not really sure why.
I looked to see if other news organizations were writing about the same things like they usually are, and there was nothing about protecting young elephants that came up.
I searched Google, looked at other news websites and found nothing. I found this to be a little odd.
Another thing that I would like to point out is that we are in the middle of a HUGE elephant marketing trend. At any store, you will find elephant apparel. Ivory Ella, a website that sells apparel but donates a portion of it to help save the elephants, is also another trend within itself.
Could it be that CNN may have covered this story to pull in new readers knowing this? If so, why are other news stations not doing the same?
Either way, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. Things like this should get news attention and media coverage because it matters.
They deserve it.