It’s my pleasure to tell you a bit about myself. My name is Yohannes Teshome Seifu, and I come from an Ethiopian family. I have a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management with a focus on Forest and Nature Conservation from Jimma University in Ethiopia.
It is my personal belief that conservation in today’s world cannot happen without the aid of the communities who live side-by-side with the animals who we are trying to save. This philosophy is one of the (many) reasons I was drawn to AWF: they also believe in helping the people to help the animals.
“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man...”
The above picture was taken by wildlife photographer Nick Brandt (Big Life Foundation), who, one year ago, photographed this elephant just 24 hours before she was brutally slaughtered by gun toting poachers for her ivory.
To spread the ivory ban idea as far as possible, I filmed a 12-min video introducing the history and impact of ivory trade, habits of elephants and my "Schools United for Elephants" campaign, in both English and Mandarin, directed by Miss Josefina Bergsten.