Whether you are at work, doing housework or taking a road trip, odds are you are listening to something. Over recent years, podcasts have become a popular form of entertainment. They range from comedy, educational to historical.
Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating all the podcasts that you can stream from your device. It is also a time to invite friends and families to explore the world of podcasting. To celebrate this day, we want to share the history of podcasting with you and share the launch of our wildlife and wild elephant conservation podcast!
The history of podcasting
It seems not so long ago that one of the people’s most popular forms of entertainment was the radio. People would tune in to their favorite station to listen to the trending songs and news. With the rise of new technology, it became easier for you to choose what you listen to and where. It also led to the creation of podcasting that gave people a way to share their knowledge and stories.
Podcasting is a relatively new form of media. It was developed in 2014 by Adam Curry and Dave Winner. It began when Curry developed a software that would enable him to download radio broadcasts that he could add to his iPod. After this, developers jumped in to help him refine his idea to create the podcasting that we know today.
As of April 2020, there are more than over 30 million podcast episodes. This tool has become a powerful and easy way to share knowledge in this digital world. Now people are sharing their knowledge and raising awareness of important issues like wildlife conservation.
The importance of wildlife conservation and wild elephant conservation
Every species plays a vital role in the environment. Sadly, due to poaching and loss of habitat, many of these animals are at risk of extinction. People tend to have the misconception that animals going extinct does not affect them because it has nothing to do with them. However, losing a species affects the globe.
That is why educating people about wildlife conservation is so critical. The National Wildlife Federation states that wildlife conservation is protecting and preserving animals, plants, and their habitats. Educating people about wildlife conservation helps raise awareness and encourages them to share their knowledge.
For example, African elephants are currently listed as vulnerable, and Asian elephants are endangered. Both of these elephant species face threats like poaching, loss of habitat and human conflicts. If these issues are not resolved, we could lose elephants forever. Knowing this can help you take action against poaching and wildlife trafficking.
The For Elephants Podcast
To help educate people about wildlife and elephant conservation, For Elephants launched “The For Elephants Podcast.” This podcast is hosted by the For Elephants Founder, Dr. Kari Morfeld. It is a Hurrdat Media production.
Tune in every week to the podcast to learn about elephant conservation efforts, elephant nonprofit organizations and our research that helps zoo and wild elephant conservation! Be part of our journey to save elephants and do not forget to share this podcast with your friends and families!
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