I have always loved elephants and I have recently been inspired after reading a novel by Jodi Piccoult that named the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary and went into detail about elephant social and emotional behavior. Elephants are intelligent and beautiful creatures who are highly evolved socially and emotionally in ways that are beyond that of human beings. They do have an amazing short term and long-term memory and they grieve their family and members of their herd for long periods of time. In fact, they remember the grave sites where their loved ones were lost and visit it for years to come. When an elephant calf dies, the elephant mother stands by the carcass at the expense of her own well-being and cries from days to weeks in mourning. The herd is also known to participate in the mourning process to assist the grieving mother throughout the process.
Unfortunately elephants are brutally murdered for their ivory tusks and are currently an endangered species. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining. An insatiable lust for ivory products in the Asian market makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants.
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