If you're like me, you've spent your Christmas break watching a few more videos than you probably should have. But luckily, this can be turned into something that's both fun and productive (and that I can turn into a blog post)! So I decided to make a list of my favorite elephant videos, just for fun. Enjoy!
WildAid, a global organization that works to stop wildlife trade all over the world, has scores of celebrity ambassadors from several nations. One of my favorites who's gotten a lot of publicity recently, is Harrison Ford. Here's a cool video he did for WildAid.
Li Bingbing, a Chinese singer and actress, has done a few videos for WildAid, but this one is the most powerful, in my opinion. By putting ourselves in the feet of hunted elephants, perhaps we can better understand their plight.
This video, featuring retired NBA player Yao Ming, is one of my all-time favorites. While some anti-poaching campaigns produce sad videos, this one takes the approach of "make them coo" by showing baby elephants.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This year the DSWT produced a tear-jerking video explaining what happens to orphaned baby elephants they adopt and rehabilitate back into the wild. "I will always remember you" has to be the most touching elephant video produced in 2015.
The DSWT also produced a special video for World Elephant Day, giving a perfect view of how the little orphans are rescued and cared for, and how the organization is making a difference.
In the news
This last video shows the opening of the elephant swimming pool in Japan, which is not only fun to watch but makes me a bit jealous, because this pool is pretty awesome.
Kerry Skiff is a conservation advocate and recent journalism graduate of Northern Kentucky University. She follows the ivory trade around the world, and uses her voice to educate Americans about their role in animal conservation.