Slasher Forest

Poaching

Let's Play "Eye" Spy!

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Can you spot the elephant?

The ivory trade hugely impacts the lives of hundreds of elephants every day being hunted and killed for their tusks to make ivory trinkets. "An estimated 100 African elephants are brutally slaughtered each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat, and body parts so their population has dropped 62% in the last decade alone and if this continues, they will be extinct by 2030." - World Elephant Day (.org) "An estimated 20,000 are killed for their ivory every year" - IFAW

What can you do?

  • Never buy ivory products.

  • Support these organizations:

World Wildlife Organization

 

Elephant Crisis Fund

Wildlife Conservation Network 

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Can you spot the gorilla holding a phone?

Our cell phones today contain a mineral in them called Coltan which is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This mining operation impedes native gorilla habitat in the Congo, and gorillas are being slaughtered by the miners for bush meat as the area being mined is quite desolate. 

Do you notice the feet and left hand of the gorilla are missing?

Poachers kill gorillas for their meat and sever the hands and feet for souvenirs which are used by traditional healers and witchdoctors.

What can you do?

  • Recycle your cell phone

  • Try to not buy the latest phone every time an upgraded version becomes available.

  • Support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

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Can you spot the poacher?

Poachers capture or kill animals to sell them locally or for the global trade in wildlife. Wildlife trading is a major black market that has increased alongside rising wealth in Asia, a major consumer of wildlife.

Some animals, such as birds, reptiles, and primates, are captured live so that they can be kept or sold as exotic pets. Slaughtered animals, on the other hand, have commercial value as food, jewelry, decor, or traditional medicine. 

- National Geographic

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Can you spot the rhino?

Rhinos are under threat of poaching for their horns to make trinkets/jewelry and some people think rhino horns have medicinal properties (which they do not). Their horns are made of Keratin, the same substance that is found in fingernails and human hair.

What can you do?

  • Never buy products made of rhino horn.

  • Support these organizations:

 

Save The Rhino 

 

International Rhino Foundation

 

Wildhood 

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Can you spot the orangutan holding a candy bar?

Indonesia's tropical forests (Sumatra and Borneo) are being burned down to grow palm trees for palm oil. “Palm oil is one of the key drivers of rainforest and tropical deforestation worldwide.” – Climate Reality Project

This destruction is harming Orangutans along with other wildlife. "50,000 orangutans died as a result of palm oil deforestation in the last 2 decades." – saynotopalmoil.com

Palm oil is an ingredient found in half of all supermarket products. – The Orangutan Project

This includes most Halloween candies such as; Twix, Butterfinger, Almond Joy, Snickers, and Milky Way. There are many more products containing palm oil in stores such as in cosmetics, lotion, detergent, frozen pizza, margarine, etc.

What can you do?

  • Don't purchase products that contain palm oil.

  • Urge companies to stop using palm oil in their products.

  • Support these organizations:

Orangutan Alliance 

Orangutan Foundation International

 

The Orangutan Project

 

Orangutan Information Centre

Watch these documentaries to learn more!

Read this book!

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