2.77 More Miles, Change In Log Methodology, and $$ Raised!!
March 30, 2016
BENEFITING: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA
Anybody who knows me knows that elephants hold a special place in my heart. They have for as long as I can remember. It all started when my grandfather died and I inherited 4 elephant figurines from his collection. Over the years, my elephant collection has grown as has my appreciation for these amazing creatures.
Of the two subspecies, my favorite is the magnificent African elephant, Loxodonta africana. I love their gigantic ears and magnificent heads. I love that they roam vast expanses of Africa in search of food and water. I love the fact that they are smart, can communicate with each other, care for their young as a team, and mourn their dead. I also am pained when I learn that a baby has lost its mother and herd, either due to poaching or abandonment. These little ones mourn so deeply for the loss of their family that sometimes, even when rescued by humans and given love and treatment, they succumb to their grief.
One reason why a herd would abandon one of their babies is when it falls into a human-made watering hole intended for livestock. These holes are often muddy and small elephants cannot escape. Many times, even Mom cannot rescue Baby and she has to make a difficult decision: leave Baby and carry on with the herd or hold the herd up and place them in danger of predators or human conflict. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust located in Kenya rescues these stuck babies and takes them to their orphanage for care until they are old enough to rejoin the wild herds. In 2015, DSWT rescued 5 babies from wells and were able to reunite them with their mothers. But, they care for 8 orphans who were abandoned. Here's a video of a baby stuck in a watering hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SauNUEw_OU
Beginning March 22, 2016, World Water Day, DWST has begun a campaign to build more wildlife-safe boreholes in the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area. To date they have built 9 boreholes in strategic locations so wildlife can have access to safe water during the dry season. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/html/world_water_day.html
Given that the African elephant is in great decline from human-animal conflict, poaching, and habitat destruction, I want to support DWST's efforts to build safe watering holes in order to minimize elephant losses. Many elephants will migrate up to 300 miles in search of food and water during the dry season. I am committing to walk 300 miles for the elephants and hope you will sponsor me in my walk.
I will be walking on my treadmill or outside and will be using my Fitbit to track mileage (my non-workout steps will be counted towards mileage, too). I promise to take photos to document my mileage. This challenge is a double-commitment for me as I am on a weight loss journey and so the elephants will provide additional motivation to get moving! I estimate it will take me 3-4 months to walk 300 miles.
I am asking you to help me raise money for the DSWT World Water Day campaign. I'm setting my sights high! One watering hole costs $20,000 USD to build. I would like to pass along $20,000 to DSWT which means I need to raise $20,600 in order to cover the fees paid to Crowdrise to process your donation. Can you help me make this happen?? All money raised will go to DSWT evennif the goal is not met. This campaign will end as soon as my 300 mile goal has been met (estimate 3-4 months).
Watch this video on what a safe watering hole looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd27A0Wk56M