Time to get out the crayons and channel your inner artist. There is no better way to celebrate World Elephant Day (August 12) than by participating in The Nature Conservancy’s #elegram project. All you need to do is make an elephant and it can be as simple as a quick doodle. Then, share it as an #Elegram to help raise much-needed funding to assist dwindling elephant populations.
How to Make An #Elegram
1. Make an elephant. You can use clay, crayons, paint or whatever you like. I even saw an elephant-shaped pie crust. My daughter made one out of yarn, pictured below.
2. Take a photo of your elephant and upload it to The Nature Conservancy’s #Elegram page or share it via social media using the #Elegram hashtag.
3. Donors will match your #Elegram with funds to help save elephants.
Not feeling creative? Download this coloring sheet drawn by Colbie Caillat and submit it.
My daughter made this #Elegram out of multi-colored yarn and a spoon. The directions came from a kit we found in a local store but it only took a few minutes!
If people like you and me upload 20,000 of these #Elegrams, The Nature Conservancy will raise $150,000 from donors to put toward elephant conservation programs.
How The Nature Conservancy Helps Elephants
In case you’re wondering what kind of impact these donations have, here’s a short list.
With elephants in Africa under serious threat from poachers, The Nature Conservancy provides assistance to wildlife rangers in the form of training and technology to help effectively patrol millions of square miles of elephant habitat.
The Nature Conservancy works to educate consumers about the perils of ivory—especially in China where the ramifications aren’t well known (trust me, I lived over there and this lack of knowledge is very real)—as well as monitor the ivory trade.
Elephants can migrate up to 30 miles per day in search of food. The Nature Conservancy works with partners to keep these migratory paths unblocked and safe for elephants to navigate.
And, this is just a small sampling.
Why Is This Campaign Important?
It’s estimated that 70% of people most likely to take action for a cause are motivated by friends and family posting on social media. I hope you read this, take a moment to download an elephant to color (or create your own) and upload your creation to The Nature Conservancy. It’s a fantastic kids’ craft idea.
Be sure to upload #Elegrams as soon as possible as they’re hoping to reach 20,000 #Elegrams quickly. And, you can upload as many #Elegrams as you want!