By Dominick Mezzapesa - Wildlife Planet News
South Africa - After a 100 day grueling 10,000 mile trip that spanned 10 African countries, to raise awareness for declining elephant populations the all-women activist group is back home in South Africa for a well deserved rest.
The ladies’ adventure which was aimed at raising awareness for the poaching crisis faced by Africa’s declining elephant populations, began from a Sibiya Casino and Entertainment Complex on August 9th which happens to be International Women’s Day.
The all women groups at the same time educating the public that 96 elephants are killed each day, they also did some fundraising to support organizations involved in the fight against the exploitation of animal rights.
Trekking through South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya, the team distributed 20 000 educational booklets to schools and communities.
They further visited 37 organisations involved in conserving African wildlife to report on the work they do.
The women paid for their own trip and monies raised will be directed to the beneficiaries.
The expedition leader, Carla Geyser of Durban North, said the ladies are enthusiastic about their cause.
Carla is also a member of the Blue Sky Society Trust, a registered non profit organisation and The Elephant Ignite Expedition was one of BSST’s conservation projects for this year.
“They worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the expedition and the projects we visited are truly amazing. It is humbling to see the dedication these people have, to make a difference and protect Africa’s wildlife. It motivates us to work harder to get their message to the world,” Geyser said.
The team made their last stop at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s orphaned elephant facility in Nairobi, Kenya, where they met with Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her daughter, Angela.
“Daphne Sheldrick’s involvement with wildlife has spanned over many years and she is a recognised international authority on the rearing of wild creatures. “She has also perfected the milk formula and husbandry for infant milk-dependent elephants and rhinos.
Engaging with a true ‘matriach’ of the conservation was an utterly memorable experience and a fitting end to the journey of a lifetime for us,” Geyser said