Batting for conservation of Asiatic elephants, cricketer Yusuf Pathan has said if concerted efforts were not made in this direction, the future generations will see the giant animals only in pictures. The cricketer, who visited the Wildlife SOS' Elephant Care and Conservation Centre here along with his wife and two sons yesterday, said he was happy with the way the animals were being protected by the centre. He said the Asiatic elephants, found in southeast Asia, are getting extinct at an alarming rate due to hunting and other factors. "It is very important to protect them so that even the future generations can see them for real and not just in pictures.
This requires a combined effort from all," the 34-year-old cricketer said. Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founding Director and Secretary of Wildlife SOS, said it was a matter of pride that cricketers like Pathan were advocating wildlife conservation.