Social media is a fantastic way for people to stay connected with their favorite nonprofits. One social media platform that many nonprofit organizations are using is Instagram.
This social media platform allows users to share photos and videos. It has 1.386 billion users and is ranked the fourth most used social media platform in the world.
If elephant conservation is an important issue to you and you love to use Instagram, we have just what you need. Our team has rounded up some African elephant conservation groups that are worth following.
Why is African elephant conservation important?
As much as African elephants are loved, they are also at risk of extinction. The African forest elephant is currently classified as critically endangered, and the African savanna elephant is listed as endangered. If nothing changes, these elephants could become extinct by 2040.
You might be wondering, why are elephant populations decreasing? It has to do with poaching and the loss of habitat. Poaching has taken a toll on elephant populations because it is killing off the older elephants - matriarchs. These elephants play a critical role in herds because they lead, teach and protect other elephants.
Loss of habitat also affects elephants. Many elephants are losing their homes as their habitats are getting transformed into agricultural and human settlements. These developments put elephants in limited space, which is a problem because elephants are transboundary species.
What this term means is that they are animals that rely on migration for their survival. The loss of space causes human-elephant conflicts, which may result in the death of elephants or humans. Luckily, conservation groups are working to improve the lives of elephants to save them from going extinct.
African elephant conservation groups to follow on Instagram
In case you didn’t already know, Elephants Alive is our partner. This nonprofit organization based in South Africa is working to ensure the survival of elephants and their habitats while also promoting the harmonious co-existence of elephants and humans. What they do is track elephants, use plants and bees to reduce human-elephant conflicts, and educate communities about living with elephants. Follow Elephants Alive on Instagram here.
Save the Elephants
This nonprofit organization based in Kenya is working to secure the future of elephants. Save The Elephants created the Elephant Crisis Fund to help identify and support groups working to stop poaching. It also shares its research on elephants to help improve and make informed decisions on elephant conservation. Follow Save the Elephants on Instagram here.
The Elephant Sanctuary
This nonprofit organization is based in Tennessee and is the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for retired elephants. The Elephant Sanctuary sits on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN. Aside from providing a sanctuary for retired elephants, it also educates the public about elephant conservation. Stay connected with them on Instagram here.
We are a nonprofit organization based in Nebraska that conducts elephant research, provides expertise and resources to people looking to improve the lives of elephants. We help zoos with reproductive and care services for elephants. In Africa, we conduct elephant biology research that can help improve zoo management and exhibits. You can follow us on Instagram here.
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