I’m cycling 500 km this week to raise £2,500 for Asian elephants

 I’m cycling 500 km this week to raise £2,500 for Asian elephants

TheFestivals contributor Lydia is cycling across India this week to raise funds for Elephant Family, a charity that does fantastic conservation work to protect these incredible species.

Please take a minute to read about the charity and have a look at her fundraising page.

Elephant Family bike Ride India

The population is rising, the world is on fire, the bugs are disappearing.

We should be doing all we can to protect our planet and the animals that we share it with.

We are currently in the middle of the world’s sixth major mass extinction.

It’s too easy to ignore that humans have wiped out 87% of all other mammals since 1950 so please give me money because elephants are beautiful.

This week, I’m cycling over 500 km across India in aid of Elephant Family.

They’re an amazing charity that aims to protect endangered Asian elephants and their habitat.

They do fantastic work in conservation, and campaign to prevent the illegal trade of baby elephants, ivory and elephant skin.

I’ve just passed the £2,000 mark and I’m aiming for a £2,500 target, so any donations for this wonderful cause would be greatly appreciated.

About Elephant Family

Elephant Family is an international NGO dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

In the last fifty years their population has roughly halved and 90% of their habitat has disappeared.

Poaching, a growing skin trade, and demand for wild-caught babies for tourism remain a constant threat along with the deadly and escalating conflict between people and elephants for living space and food.

Elephant Family funds pioneering projects across Asia to reconnect forest fragments, prevent conflict and fight wildlife crime.

Since 2002 Elephant Family has funded over 180 conservation projects and raised over £15m through public art events for this iconic yet endangered animal.

Main image credit: Joshua M. Plotnik / (CC BY-SA 4.0)