One year ago, the National Wildlife Federation and Paul G. Allen’s @vulcanproduction asked students ages 9-18 to help find the next big idea that could make a material difference for African elephants. Ben Radke, age 12, from Ozark, AR, came up with the winning idea, “Elephant Pride and Bus Rides.”
Radke recently returned from his all-expense-paid trip to Botswana. While there he met Naledi, the famous orphaned elephant who was featured in Naledi, One Little Elephant, a documentary film, and inspired the contest. Radke’s parents reported that spending time with the elephants and their caretakers was an unforgettable learning experience and he has now gained a completely new interest in photography and storytelling.
Ben says the experience was, “The best days of my life! The whole thing was amazing and unbelievable. Getting to be close to the elephants was amazing and getting to touch them or being touched by them was super-amazing!” We now know that we are losing 96 elephants a day, or 25,000 to 30,000 annually. Data from Paul Allen’s 2016 Great Elephant Census found that we have lost 30 percent of the African savanna elephant population in less than 7 years.
Learn more about Ben’s trip and how you can bring conservation classroom activites to your school – link in bio! 🐘
Special thanks to @officialpaulallen @elephantscount @aidanrgallagher @lauraturnerseydel & #JungleJackHanna
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