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Day #3 - Disciplined writing challenge - Journalism

Camari Carter, what a great prompt. This story is a real story in the news. I took the liberty of editing it for our purposes. I am not publishing as my own so plagiarism is not at issue. I can say, though, that I really enjoyed this prompt. It really makes me feel good to share this. There are a lot of not so good things happening in the country and the world and my heart needed some warming. It makes me appreciate that there are people in the world who really care. Here goes:

App Translates Human Speech into Elephant

This just in from another part of the world. Did you know there is a smartphone app that can translate English into Elephant?

What would it be like for you to send a message to your sweetie with the words "I love you" in elephant? Or, conversely, what would it be like for you to speak to an elephant sending words of kindness and love? That’s exactly what this app can do and more.

Tech designer, David Sheldrick from the Wildlife Trust is concerned about elephant conservation. He hopes that through the app he designed, would-be poachers would come to understand the language of the elephants they hunt and kill for ivory. His dream is that once they understand the language of elephants the poachers will be less likely to harm the beautiful creatures and more likely to spend their efforts ensuring the survival of these graceful and intelligent beasts.

“After decades of research into the ways elephants communicate and behave, we’re beginning to understand their language,” says a Sheldrick spokesperson. “The HelloinElephant Campaign has been created to provide people with the ability to translate simple human words and emotions into elephant calls that signal similar emotions or intentions.”

Elephant populations are dwindling at an alarming rate. Even China has joined in the battle to save the potentially endangered species by completely ending their ivory trade by the end of 2017. Ivory prices have dropped 50% due to awareness of the potential end of these gentle giants.

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