Elephants Go Wild
Welcome to bedoco Elephants Go Wild, our special project for 2020.
If you have been following our Elephants Go Wild campaign, you will know we hoped to be heading off to South Africa to collar elephants in April. Well, we all know why that is not going to happen for a while! We are in regular contact with Carla of the Blue Sky Foundation and Joel of WildlifeVets and we will re-schedule our trip when things get back to normal (or new-normal!), since it is very important that we collar this group of semi-wild elephants before a herd of wild elephants is introduced to the reserve. Thanks to all our donors on GoFundMe, we raised more than US$2,000 towards the final collar. We so appreciate your support and we will let you know when the collaring is going to take place, and will report to you with photos, videos and stories. Thanks once again!!
If you are visiting this page for the first time, then in the meantime, please read about the project below:
Elephants are the gardeners, the water bringers, the seed sowers of the wild. Elephants are a keystone species, but are under threat from all sides. We need everyone who cares about the remaining elephants on our planet to assist in protecting as many as we can.
You may have seen the news that Tim, the iconic bull elephant of the Amboseli, died on February 5 at the age of 51 years old of natural causes. We know so much about him because he was collared and tracked by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. He survived drought, getting stuck in mud, and spear attacks (he was fond of raiding local farms on occasion!). Not all elephants are lucky enough to live so long or to die of natural causes. As well as being poached for their ivory tusks, increasingly it is human – wildlife conflict over dwindling land and water resources that is nudging the elephant population in Africa and Asia towards possible extinction.
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” David Attenborough
bedoco is joining up with the Blue Sky Society Trust to support Wildlife Vets in collaring a semi-wild herd of elephants that was successfully re-introduced to the wild in 2015, on a reserve in the southern Kalahari. They have already bred – 2 baby elephants! – but have yet to interact with other wild elephants. It is vital to track their behavioural patterns and movements when a wild breeding herd is introduced to the reserve alongside them.
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bedoco has committed to funding 2 satellite collars, at a cost of US$12,000 (price includes vet fees, helicopters etc.). We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the additional US$12,000 for two more collars. Find out more and donate if you can at gf.me/u/xmcjam
Tori, Amira, Yasmin and Denise from bedoco, with two good friends, will be heading off to South Africa in April to join the team of vets to assist with the collaring of three bulls and one female from the re-introduced herd. Tracking the elephants not only follows their movements and interactions, tracking protects them against being killed for their ivory, and helps mitigate elephant – human conflict.
During the month of March we will be highlighting heroes of the elephant world in our social media: foundations, trusts and individuals who are working to protect these magnificent creatures. They work closely with and for local communities – ultimately it is the people who live side by side with wildlife who have the greatest impact on their future. If the future of the communities is enriched by wildlife conservation rather than threatened by these animals, then things look a lot more positive. Human–wildlife conflict is one of the greatest threats to the wild animals in Africa and Asia and innovative and workable solutions are essential.
All items in the bedoco Elephant jewelry range are on special offer during our Elephants Go Wild month of March, with up to 15% discount. We have also a wonderful new design: the Bedoco CONNECT Bangle, which comes with a charm – and of course, for this period, it is the Elephant Origami Charm! 20% of the retail price from every sale will go towards the costs of the final two satellite collars for the Elephant Collaring project. In future months you can add other unique animal charms to your bangle.
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Our expedition will be led by Carla Geyser, founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust. Why “Blue Sky”? Because the sky’s the limit for what we, together, can achieve. Blue Sky works to create a community of like-minded, passionate individuals and connecting them, through education and action, to projects that help to preserve and improve life for people, animals, and communities in need. As someone who loves elephants, Carla is passionate about projects that aim to protect these magnificent creatures. Carla is all about people too: on her expeditions she creates opportunities for ordinary people like us to meet the sometimes unsung heroes – conservationists, vets, local communities – who are at the forefront of conservation. Carla is the driving force behind this expedition to collar elephants in a remote part of the Kalahari, on a reserve near the border between South Africa and Botswana.
The Wildlife Vets crew will be headed by Dr Joel Alves. Joel says: “Through a series of very fortunate events I almost fell into the wildlife veterinary career… Being a wildlife vet, you are only one, small cog in the greater wheel of conservation and that’s why my drive now is to be more than just a vet and involve myself in all facets of the conservation game. That is where the biggest differences are made. This has led me on many adventures, working with the most incredible people in the industry and I hope it is a path I can continue on as not many others would take me deep into the jungles of the Congo darting forest elephants, onto the plains of the Serengeti, catching giraffe or into the air, surviving emergency landings with wild dogs on board. It is a very privileged position I find myself in and I only hope that I can use it, coupled with my passion for wildlife, to educate, create awareness and inspire positive change because holy smokes we have a lot of good work still to do.”