Target: Director of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, William Kibet Kiprono
Goal: Thank Kenyan Wildlife Service for saving elephants poisoned by poachers
Recently, veterinarians and other staff members from the Kenyan Wildlife Service were responsible for saving the lives of 11 elephants who were poisoned by poachers. This grueling and dangerous job requires a great deal of time and commitment, but the payoff is seeing these animals survive and thrive in their natural habitat. Express your gratitude to this organization for keeping the majestic elephant alive in Africa.
The latest rescue effort by the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) began when pilot Neville Sheldrick spotted a large bull elephant limping. He radioed in a veterinarian along with a team from KWS and began the arduous task of subduing the elephant. Helicopters chased away the elephant’s herd, while another helicopter tranquilized the injured elephant. Fortunately, the elephant collapsed on his left side, allowing vets easy access to his wound.
Depending on factors such as the potency of the poison, the elephant’s immune system, how deeply the weapon penetrates the animal, and other variables, an elephant can take several hours to several weeks to die from poisoning. In all situations, the death is a painful and excruciating one for the animal. The poisons are suspected to have come from various tribes who live in the region. The recipes for these concoctions have been passed down through generations and are extremely effective at downing these gigantic creatures. Luckily, veterinarians were not only able to save this elephant, but ten others that were also poisoned in the prior two weeks. All of the elephants made a full recovery thanks to the Kenyan Wildlife Service and its partners.
Being a park ranger is a dangerous job, and many have been killed while protecting elephants and rhinos. There has been a surge of poaching activity in recent years, where elephants and rhinos are killed for their tusks and horns. It is a park ranger’s job to keep the animals alive, but it often leads to the loss of human life. Please express your gratitude for this task.
Dear Director William Kibet Kiprono,
I am writing this letter to express my thanks for the work your organization does to keep elephants and other endangered animals alive in Kenya. I realize that this task is a daunting and dangerous one, but I am glad you and your staff members are doing it. It angers me that poachers would be willing to kill these animals to make money off of their horns and tusks, but I hope education and anti-poaching efforts will stop the demand for these items.
If the surrounding tribes continue to poison elephants, educate them about the status of these animals. Tell them how foolish it is to kill animals for their tusks and horns, and explain to them how elephants contribute to the ecosystem of their home. The survival of a species should take precedence over making money.
[Your Name Here]
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