With elephants in Africa struggling to survive in their traditional homeland, the traditional dance is becoming a source of hope for many of them.
The elephant is not only the most iconic animal in the African pantheon, but also one of the most dangerous animals.
As the number of the animals in captivity is growing, the government has stepped up efforts to protect them.
“Elephants are highly intelligent animals, capable of complex social interactions, and they are very curious,” says Dr Chris Smith from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
“We know that elephants can see people and recognise them, but we don’t really know how they are thinking.”
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has put an elephant on its endangered species list.
“They are extremely intelligent animals and when they encounter humans they will run away and hide,” says Smith.
“The IUCN has a list of more than 10,000 species that they consider to be endangered.”
But while the government recognises the importance of their conservation, it is also working to ensure that the welfare of their habitat is not endangered.
“Elephants in captivity are often forced to do things like drink from water bowls, which can cause them to urinate, and are subjected to other forms of cruelty.
“If you have a bow with you and they shoot at you, you have to keep your distance.””
There is a lot of talk about elephants not knowing how to use a bow and arrow, but elephants don’t know that,” says Jones.
“If you have a bow with you and they shoot at you, you have to keep your distance.”
There is an enormous amount of research being done into how elephants manage and survive captivity.
“The most effective conservation measure is to educate the public about the dangers of captive breeding.
There are also workshops in countries where it is legal to breed elephants.””
IUC Naturaleas World Conservation Congress (WCC) is the only international conference where captive breeding is allowed.
There are also workshops in countries where it is legal to breed elephants.”
We’ve got people in China, Japan, the UK, Australia and the US working with the African elephant, which is a much better way to understand what’s happening.
It is estimated that around half of the elephants in the world live in sub-Saharan Africa. “
In the last 50 years, the elephant population has increased by more than 90 per cent,” says Mr Smith.
It is estimated that around half of the elephants in the world live in sub-Saharan Africa.
“This is not a problem that has been solved by the government, it has to be managed and managed wisely.”
A new generation of conservationists is trying to improve the situation.
“We are getting more and more research and awareness about the elephant,” says Ms Davenport.
“And it’s starting to change.”
The new generation wants to see an end to the trade in ivory.
“Ivory is a luxury item that people can afford,” says Daven-port.
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So we want to see a ban on ivory and the ban on all forms of ivory trading.”
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