Updated: Oct 29, 2020
How every walk helps rescue baby elephants!
We are so proud and honored to announce an inspiring new partnership and share with you a little more about what motivates Spot to do what we do!
You probably already know that elephants have been on the endangered and vulnerable species list for decades, but did you know that more than 20,000 African elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks? Sadly, the tragedy does not end there. Without tusks, young elephants serve no use to poachers and are often left behind to fend for themselves... this was the heartbreaking case for Araba, Zongoloni, and Quanza shown below.⠀
Elephants are dependent on their mother's milk until they are at least 2-years old, often longer, and will only survive for a few days on their own. Araba was found next to her collapsed mother who passed soon after from horrific arrow injuries. When Zongoloni was found, she was so desperate for fluids she was seen drinking the urine of her dying mother who lay suffering from a week-old bullet wound. Finally, Quanza was found standing next to her already deceased mother who had been robbed of her beautiful thin long tusks just hours before.
These three calves stood no chance of survival without human intervention. But ever so fortunately for Araba, Zongoloni, and Quanza, they were all spotted in time and rescued by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and offered a heartwarming second chance. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful elephant orphan rescue in the world!
With a fleet of 7 aircraft, the Sheldrick’s Aerial Surveillance unit works with the Trust’s ground teams to protect wild herds and identify and rescue milk-dependent orphan elephants. Each orphan is given 24-hour care by a team of dedicated keepers, feeding and nurturing the elephants until they are old enough to return to the wild. After years of care, their momentous return to the wild is supported by older Sheldrick orphan graduates, as well as wild elephants who guide them as they transition back to a fully independent life!
22-months old when she was rescued, Araba is now 6 and is gradually re-discovering living a free and peaceful life in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park. Zongoloni was 19-months and Quanza was just 12-months when rescued, both elephants are now 8-years old and becoming increasingly indepemdent in the Kibwezi Forest area in Southeast Kenya. These are just three of the 262 orphans that have been rescued and successfully raised by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Unfortunately, humans pose the greatest threat to the survival of endangered species... and a world without whales, sharks, turtles, rhinos, or elephants is a very sad thought. At Spot, we live by the core value "Dream big and start small today" and we dream of a world where human impact on the environment is positive, not undeniably negative. That's why Spot donates 10-cents for every 10-minutes walked to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help support their efforts in protecting the world's largest land animal. We know it's not going to be easy, but if we can continue to grow to one day operate in hundreds of major cities around the world, we're sure that we'll be able to make an extraordinary impact on the world!