The Gourma region of central Mali, Western Africa is home to one of the last herds of desert elephants. Like other elephants in Africa, they’re disappearing at an alarming rate. But Mali’s desert elephants could go extinct much sooner than others.
Poachers killed more than 80 desert elephants in 2015, with 16 more killed just since January. These special elephants could be gone in three years unless the Malian government does more to protect them from poachers.
Tell Mali’s Environment Minister, Sir Ousmane Koné, to take action to save the last 300 elephants of Mali now.
Dear Sir Ousmane Koné,
The Gourma region of central Mali, West Africa, is home to one of the last herds of desert elephants, and I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to save these last 300 desert elephants of Mali.
Poachers have taken advantage of the political unrest and violence in the lawless north to step up ivory trafficking. The situation in your country is urgent. Sixteen elephants have been slain since January of this year, with over 80 killed in 2015.
Mali’s special elephants are the remains of a population that once stretched across the Sahel. They make the longest annual migration of all elephants and are the most northerly on the continent. But these majestic animals could be gone in three years unless you act to protect them.
Elephants are part of Mali’s national heritage. Please use your power to prevent the decimation of the desert elephants before it’s too late to save them.