Li Bingbing Bush Blog and Photo Gallery Day 3

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On our final day, we set out to shoot the Public Service Announcements that we hope will inform people around the world that illegal ivory leaves a bloody trail of death and destruction, for both people and animals. As we stood on a high vista surrounded by the magnificent landscape of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, I just let the feeling of Africa take me in. And as I let a beautiful feather drift from my hand into the air, a little bird darted and dived around it, as if to say that it understood what I was thinking. Yet another moving moment here.

I have now returned to China with the message that I will forever Say No to Ivory. And I have started a social media campaign in China to ask people to make the same commitment. We have had an overwhelming response with over a million people participating so far and will send the same message to the rest of the world soon.



Please watch out for the films we are making from this trip and tell your friends, families and colleagues. The elephants (and rhinos) need you. Each and every one of us can make a difference by saying no and spreading the word. Thanks to all of the people who showed me this special place  that these beautiful creatures call home.

A sneak peak from our PSA goes like this:

Did you know that female elephants stay together for life, in a close family of sisters, aunts and babies?      
你知道吗,雌性大象厮守一生,不离不弃,这个亲密的大家庭里有姐妹、姑姑和象宝宝。   
 
Like us, the eldest is the wisest and shares her knowledge with the herd to protect them from danger and enable them to survive in harsh environments.     
像人类一样,最年长的大象也最充满长者的智慧,她把知识传授给象群,从而让象群远离危险,在恶劣的环境中生存下来。   
 
Did you know that gangs of poachers are killing elephants in Africa to sell their ivory?    
你知道偷猎团伙为了获得象牙正在非洲猎杀大象吗?   
 
Obtaining illegal ivory is not like cutting a nail or pulling a tooth. It means a brutal and tragic death for the animal itself and the disruption of the entire herd for years to come. (Dead elephant shot)     
以非法手段获取象牙不像人类剪指甲或是拔牙那么简单。它意味着这头大象会悲惨而痛苦地死去,整个象群也会在许多年里处于崩溃状态。   

Did you know that the eldest females, which have the largest tusks, are often the first to die?      你知道吗,由于拥有最大的象牙,最年长的母象通常会第一个死于偷猎者之手。   

Poachers can massacre entire elephant families and sell the ivory to organized crime groups that smuggle it out of Africa. Ivory comes cheap in Africa but is very expensive and sought after in illegal markets. The money from the illegal ivory business is often used to obtain weapons and ammunition to fuel conflicts in African countries, in a similar way to blood diamonds.   
偷猎者有时屠杀整个大象家族,把象牙卖给有组织的犯罪团伙,再由这些犯罪团伙把象牙从非洲走私出去。象牙在非洲很便宜,但在黑市上却非常昂贵和紧俏。非法贩卖象牙的收入常常被用于购买武器和弹药,如同血钻一样导致非洲的冲突加剧。   

Did you know that 2012 was the deadliest year for elephants since official record-taking began?    
你知道2012年是有官方记录以来大象死亡数量最多的一年吗?     

Science tells us that elephant populations can not withstand current poaching levels and that populations are in decline across Africa.    
通过科学的分析得知,目前大象的种群无法承受目前的偷猎,整个非洲的大象种群正在不断减少。   

Did you know that you may be unintentionally contributing to civil wars and elephant extinction by buying illegal ivory?     
你知道吗,你在购买非法象牙时可能无意间就成了加剧非洲内战和致使大象彻底灭绝的帮凶。   

Did you know that you have the power to change this course? When we stop buying, they stop buying.   
你知道你其实有能力改变这一切吗?   

Spread the word.   
去让更多的人知道这些吧!

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