In inquiry we are doing our final filmmaking unit on SOS 10 (Save Our Species). We have constructed our scripts and we will film at the zoo and edit it into a short film. I think it is important for as many people as possible to receive the message so, here is the script I have made up on the Asian Elephant and why we should help to save them. (PTC is in italics)
The Asian Elephant
Many visitors at the zoo pay a visit to this fascinating species of elephant, the Asian Elephant. They are lucky to call the award winning elephant trail home. However they are not so lucky to be able to claim the title of critically endangered. The Asian Elephant was once healthily spread throughout Asia, but now after loss of habitat and poaching, the remaining population has been forced into heavily poached, inaccessible regions in South and South-East Asia. The Asian Elephant can still be found today in Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Burma, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. There are estimated to be around 35,000 – 40,000 Elephants left in the wild today, That might sound like a lot but, there are currently over 7.5 billion humans on the planet Earth, how would you like it if there were only 35 – 40,000 of us left here, it would be terrible. But that’s what’s happening to these elephants.
I went to Thailand on a holiday earlier this year, and I learned that these animals are forced to be in shows and they are being ridden. I got to take care of them, making me closer with the animal. The people “taking care” of them put large saddles on their backs, and then put people on them. Then they are whipped and beaten to make them trek through the jungle with people on their backs. You don’t even have to look at these elephants closely to see the scratch marks, gashes, whip marks, and scars running through their skin. It is a terrible thing to think that these elephants, behind the curtain, are getting whipped and gashed just to carry people on their backs and balance balls on their trunks. Don’t you think that hurts? And WE’RE doing that to them. Don’t you think we can do any better than that?
So send the message to everyone, hunters, poachers, people chopping down the trees, the people planting the new ones, and the people whipping and beating these poor elephants. We’re clearly not helpless and neither are they, we can do this. So spread the message everywhere, and join the fight to help save the Asian Elephants, do it for them.