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WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!

It’s World Elephant Day and Ellie is sharing just a few of the reasons elephants are so awesome! She’ll also be sharing some reasons why they need your help!

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IMG_1288We lose an elephant to poachers every 15 minutes. That’s 96 elephants every day!

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These magnificent creatures are killed for their tusks! Tusks that are used to make trinkets, carvings and jewelry. We must all work to stop this! There are ways you can help!

Educate others! Donate to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Get involved- make your voice heard! Check out 96 elephants to learn more about wildlife crime and how you can help stop it! Together we can protect elephants!

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Ellie and Edmond Feet!

Ellie and Edmond Feet!

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We thought it would be fun to talk about our feet first on this fine feet week! We think our feet are pretty cool and we hope you’ll learn something about them too!

Ellie’s Feet:

  • We elephants essentially walk on our tip toes! This helps us walk quietly! We’d be good ninjas! Hahahahaha!
  • We have toenails. They are not attached to any specific digit. These are worn down when we walk. In zoos, elephants get regular pedicures to keep those toenails healthy! Spa day anyone?
  • Yes! We elephants have 5 digits in our feet! They are hidden in the skin and fatty tissue that makes up our feet.

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  • Generally the circumference of our feet is 4 1/2 feet. Our footprint can be round to oval shaped.
  • You can tell the age and height of an elephant by their footprint!
  • Animals can be classified by the shape of their feet. We elephants are considered near-ungulates because we have toenails.  Our closing living relative- the rock hyrax has a very similar kind of foot. It is much smaller though!

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  • The bottom of our feet is full of grooves and ridges that help us stay stable and walk in all kinds of habitats. The bottom is also covered in tough fatty tissue that acts as a shock absorber and helps us sneak up on hyenas! (Ok, we don’t actually do that!)
  • We elephants use low frequency rumbles that travel through the ground to “hear” with our feet! We can feel those vibrations as far as 20 miles away! This is how we know where all the good watering hole dance parties are- just kidding!

 

Edmond’s feet:

  • Horse feet grow until we around 6 years old!
  • My hooves are made to absorb shock and weight (which increases when I’m galloping).
  • Hooves are flexible and expand when I run or stand.
  • The exterior of the my hooves is covered in keratin! The same thing that makes up a rhino’s horn!

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  • The size of a horse’s foot is relative to the size of the horse! Clydesdale have bigger feet than me for sure!
  • The bottom part of my foot is called the frog! I know- it is a silly name!
  • My hooves need to be trimmed to stay healthy. Wild horses do this naturally when running!
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WE ARE FANIMALY- ELEPHANTS!

WE ARE FANIMALY- ELEPHANTS!

We’re still riding the high that was World Elephant Day yesterday! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and signed up to help Ellie’s wild cousins! Today we’re talking about Ellie’s closet relative the rock hyrax in our special edition of We Are Fanimaly! The hyrax was the answer to We Spy the other day too!

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Hyrax Fun Facts:

  • Hyraxes have similar teeth and skull structure to the elephant!
  • Millions of years ago hyrax were the size of tapirs today.
  • Hyraxes can grow up to 12 lbs and 23 inches long.
  • Hyraxes are built for climbing, with suction cup like feet that help them grip rocks.
  • Hyraxes like warm weather and will hide if it cool or rainy.
  • Unlike their elephants cousins, these animals spend up to 95% of their day laying around.
  • They have excellent vision and can spot predators up to 1,000 feet away.
  • Hyraxes are very social and vocal. They live in groups of up to 50 individuals.
  • Hyraxes are herbivores just like elephants!

Who knew these small kind of funny looking mammal was related to Ellie? The animal kingdom is a strange and wonderful thing!

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WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!!

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!!

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World Elephant Day is here again! We have some great fun facts, photos and resources on how you can help elephants! Tomorrow we’ll learn who the We Spy was and more about the elephants closest relative in a brand new We Are Fanimaly!

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ELEPHANT FUN FACTS:

  • There are two species of elephants- Asian and African (Ellie).
  • Only male Asian elephants have tusks.
  • Both female and male African have tusks.
  • Tusks are modified teeth that are made of ivory.
  • All elephants are herbivores.
  • Elephants are the largest land animal on earth.
  • Elephants walk on their tip toes.
  • African elephants can walk up to 50 miles a day.
  • Elephants live in family groups that are made up of females, their female relatives and their offspring. The group is led by the oldest female.
  • Adult male elephants live a solitary live.
  • Elephants use their ears to cool off.

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On this World Elephant Day we must remember that 96 elephants are killed everyday for their ivory! We can take a stand! Join us and others at 96elephants.org- the Wildlife Conservation Society’s page dedicated to helping elephants! Lend your voice! Make a video of you stomping for elephants– like ours!

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E & E CALENDARS!!

Ellie and Edmond Calendars!

e&e_artWe are so excited to announce that the 2015 Ellie and Edmond calendars are here! We had some trouble getting shop open-so we had them printed ourselves! The calendars are full art from our readers, friends and supporters that entered our art contest!

Check out the fantastic art here!

Calendars will be $14 and will be mailed from right here at Headquarters! We have a limited supply- so get yours early! ALL Proceeds will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Fund– that supports orphan elephants in Africa!

To order your calendar simply send us an email at ellandedmond@gmail.com or you can tweet us @ellieandedmond.  We will email you back with instructions for our PayPal account and ask where to send your calendar! We thank you for your support and for your support of the orphan elephants!

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GO GREY FOR ELEPHANTS!

GO GREY FOR ELEPHANTS!

Today is International Elephant Day and we’re going grey for elephants! Unfortunately Ellie’s wild cousins are being poached in Africa at alarming rates and it’s up to all of us to help them! Put on grey today and tell people you are wearing grey for elephants!

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What do we love about elephants? Let us tell you!

  • There are two species of elephants- Asian and African (Ellie).
  • Only male Asian elephants have tusks.
  • Both female and male African have tusks.
  • Tusks are modified teeth that are made of ivory.
  • All elephants are herbivores.
  • Elephants are the largest land animal on earth.
  • Elephants walk on their tip toes.
  • African elephants can walk up to 50 miles a day.
  • Elephants live in family groups that are made up of females, their female relatives and their offspring. The group is led by the oldest female.
  • Adult male elephants live a solitary live.
  • Elephants use their ears to cool off.

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How can you help elephants? Check out these organizations that helping elephants: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,  96 Elephants (Join the Herd)United for Wildlife.

You can also enter our art contest– we’re making calendars and the proceeds of those sales will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust!

We want to see you in your grey today! Show us your #elphies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!

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Today is our dear Ellie’s birthday! We are celebrating her by having a flash fundraiser for one of our favorite organizations- The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This amazing organization raises orphan elephants and rehabilitates them to go live in the wild. Elephants are being poached at alarming rates and without such amazing organizations like this, we would have less elephants on our planet. To honor Ellie, we’re giving away a sheet of stickers to anyone who donates $10 to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. If you donate $20 we will send you an Ellie and Edmond magnet! You must either tweet us a screen shot of your receipt or you can email us at ellandedmond@gmail.com.

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Fun Facts about Ellie:

Full name: Eloise Elephant- but we call her Ellie

Hobbies: drawing, playing soccer, writing trivia and traveling

Favorite things: animals, nature, sunshine (I never go out without my mud spf 50)

One day Edmond and I dream of sharing all our animal friends with the world. We want to educate people all about our amazing planet and how we can protect it for generations to come! Now let’s party!!!

Who brought the hay cake and grass ice cream?

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ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY!

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY!

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We’re celebrating Elephants today! Ellie could not be more excited! We would normally share some fun facts with you on this excellent day, but we are changing things up a bit! Elephant populations are in danger, all because of the illegal ivory trade! So we’re giving you some great resources and saying thank you to the organizations that are helping out elephants all over the world!

First up: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust!  This amazing organization takes in orphaned elephants are raise them to be released in the wild! Most of their orphans come in because they lost their mother to poachers. They world tirelessly protecting elephants and rhinos too! Check out their website- you can adopt an orphan or contribute to the center!

Next up: iWorry- this campaign was started by the David Sheldrick Trust. They are organizing marches around the world to educate people about the illegal wildlife trade! Check out their website and see if there is a march near you!

Next up: United for Wildlife! This collaboration was started by Prince William of England! Along with his pal David Beckham, they are partnering with World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, IUCN and others to stop illegal wildlife trade, including ivory! Check out how you can help here!

Last up: Save the Elephants and Yao Ming- these two are partnering to end the ivory and rhino horn trade and educate people about the harm of killing elephants and rhinos! Learn more about their excellent campaign here!

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WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!!

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!!!

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Today is the day to celebrate elephants! Of course the day is super special to Ellie and it’s great day to learn about her fellow elephants and how you can help them! Are you ready to love an elephant!

ELEPHANT FUN FACTS:

  • There are two species of elephants- Asian and African (Ellie).
  • Only male Asian elephants have tusks.
  • Both female and male African have tusks.
  • Tusks are modified teeth that are made of ivory.
  • All elephants are herbivores.
  • Elephants are the largest land animal on earth.
  • Elephants walk on their tip toes.
  • African elephants can walk up to 50 miles a day.
  • Elephants live in family groups that are made up of females, their female relatives and their offspring. The group is led by the oldest female.
  • Adult male elephants live a solitary live.
  • Elephants use their ears to cool off.

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Asian elephants are endangered and African elephants are vulnerable. Unfortunately elephants are losing their lives for the ivory trade. There are ways we can help Ellie and her wild cousins! There is a wonderful orphanage for baby elephants in Africa called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They work tirelessly to raise orphan elephants and help protect them in wild! Check out their website and look for our first fundraiser to help them in September!  Tell us your favorite thing about Ellie and her elephant friends!

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