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article imageSex and the City star fights elephant poaching

By Justin King     Sep 19, 2013 in World
Most of America would describe Kristin Davis as “Charlotte from Sex and the City,” the activist community at large would describe her as one of their own who happens to be a actress, and to anti-poaching activists she is nothing short of a Godsend.
Kristin Davis is a patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and has been at the forefront of the fight against poachers for years. On October 4th, she will be supporting iWorry, an organization hosting the International March for Elephants. The march will be taking place is 15 cities around the world. For those that are unable to attend one the march locations in person, is organizing a “Digital March for Elephants” where participants sign a petition and on October 4th engage in creating a twitterstorm.
Kristin became involved with the fight when, while on vacation in Africa, a local waved down the truck she was riding in and informed her guides about a lost baby elephant. Davis diverted her plans and trailed the animal for two days. Later, she would describe the scene when they finally caught up to the baby.
"She kept trying to charge us, she was so traumatised and angry. We had to cover her eyes and tie her feet, you feel so horrible but you know you're helping them, and wet her skin down because she was so hot. She had been eating dirt so her digestive system was all messed up, and you can't feed them water when they are lying down in case it gets in their lungs so eventually we had to get her up and un-blindfold her so she could drink with her trunk in the proper way, and then we had to carry her on a people stretcher which was kind of hysterical."
DSWT was called to help with the animal, and the team brought the animal formula and medicine. Ever since, Kristin has been on the front lines of the fight. From fundraising at galas in New York, to hand feeding elephants in Africa, she seems to always be out there trying to save the world’s few remaining elephants. In addition to the iworry campaign, she is currently raising funds to purchase a helicopter for anti-poaching efforts. Donations of $10 or more between now and the 24th are entered to win a free iPad mini and a personal thank you note from the actress.
When scores of actresses in Hollywood were making headlines by adopting infants from developing nations, Kristin quietly made an adoption of her own. She adopted Ajuba, a baby elephant, who still lives at DSWT’s facility in Kenya. Her activism isn’t without personal cost; as she told Ecorazzi last month.
“When I was visiting the elephants in 2011, I saw sites where poachers had set a snare with electrical wire and then tied it to a tree near a watering hole. When a huge elephant got his leg stuck in the snare, he walked and walked around that tree creating a path of desperation while he slowly died. The poachers sat nearby, watching as they drank coffee around their campfire. When the elephant finally died, they used machetes to hack off his face and trunk in order to remove the deeply embedded tusks.”
An elephant was slaughtered for its tusks over 30,000 times in 2012. It breaks down to about one every fifteen minutes. At the current rate of killing, elephants will be extinct in as little as 12 years.
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