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Enormous Elephant Run 2019

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 At Alliance Consulting, we actively work to help protect Kenya's wildlife, including elephants!

We are inviting our friends, clients and partners to join us for a fun day at the Enormous Elephant Run London 2019!

What is The Enormous Elephant Run?

A fun, family and dog friendly event, offering 5k and 10k race distances. Whether you choose to wear an elephant onesie, your regular running gear or face paint it up, whatever your style, we can't wait to dash to the finish line with you in an effort to bring awareness and much needed support to the conservation projects of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

 Why run for elephants? 

 Elephants face an existential threat from ivory poachers, human – wildlife conflict and habitat destruction. The run is not only an fantastic opportunity to get together and do something different on a Saturday morning, but it also helps the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust save a species in need. To find out more and to register for the Enormous Elephant Run, please head to: www.enormouselephantrun.com/london  

 

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The key concerns of the decline of African elephant populations are habitat loss and poaching. 

• Elephants may help us to fight cancer

Researchers at the universities of Utah and Chicago recently discovered that elephants have evolved a superior DNA repair mechanism to
get rid of cells that have cancer-causing mutations. This could help scientists develop novel drugs to treat cancer or even prevent it from
developing.

• Elephants could also help the hearing-impaired

An elephant's hearing range is closer to a human's than any animal used to model hearing in medicine – particularly the mouse, whose
peak hearing sensitivity is at the upper range of ours. We lose our high-frequency hearing over time, which means that the mouse ear is
even less useful in the study of ageing and hearing loss. Understanding the mechanics of how the elephant ear detects sounds in the
range of 20Hz could inform new hearing-aid designs.
Elephants have the ability to detect sounds that travel through the ground as seismic "cues", such as other elephant calls. They achieve
this through vibration-sensitive cells in their feet and trunk. Humans have similar vibration-detecting cells (as do all mammals) in the hand,
foot, lips and even the gut. Research being conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine has shown the potential for elephant-
inspired vibrational hearing aids.

• Elephants may teach us important lessons about ageing ...

Not only do elephants have a similar lifespan to humans; they also experience cardiovascular problems and age-related diseases such as
osteoarthritis. These non-human models may help us to understand how our own bodies change over time. Elephants are the only animals
that have the "extended knee" posture that humans have, as well as a similar heel-to-toe pattern of walking.


• Elephants are natural gardeners

You could also say, "Save an elephant, save the Earth". Elephants have been planting trees for thousands of years, depositing
partially digested seeds and rich manure every time they produce dung. The seeds of many species must pass through the gut of an
elephant in order to germinate. Without elephants, they would disappear.


• They keep old-growth forests healthy

An elephant's predilection for knocking down trees is healthy for old-growth forests. The open spaces that are created allow other plant
species to grow and provide food that many other animals rely on, large mammals and insects included. The modern conservation
problem for elephants is that they are often living in human-dominated landscapes where they are no longer free to migrate. In this
situation, the forest isn't able to recover quickly enough from their depredations.


• They look after their seniors

Not least when it comes to taking care of the elderly. An elephant's long life in the wild comes to an end when they lose their last set of
six molars and are no longer able to eat. Sometimes a young bull will help an older bull by chewing branches and other food for the elder
and then feeding him. It's a humbling reminder that we too need to take good care of our own seniors.

 Images: © The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust 

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