One of the most ubiquitous elements in English speaking classrooms around the world is the presence of an alphabet chart stating that "E is for Elephant". Imagine the next generation learning their alphabet and "E" standing for elephant is only a concept, not a reality -- the way we learned about the woolly mammoth or dinosaurs
Today, no one knows if the clock of extinction for the species stands at two minutes before midnight or two minutes after. In spite of its exotic horns, the animal is unknown in traditional Chinese medicine. Rather, the last living remnants of the species risk being taken as by-catch, like sea turtles in a shrimper's net.
World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. A few days after learning of the death of Satao I met up with beloved scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the elephant crisis.