Not writing on colony collapse or honey spinning, just laughing.
By Paul Octavious, Chicago photographer and designer
Better news for elephants today, from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. When we were in Nairobi, we visited the elephant orphanage at Sheldrick, an incredible day. The mama and baby elephants in this video are at their preserve in East Tsavo. The orphans were rescued as babies when their mothers are killed, almost always by poachers. They are growing up and having babies of their own. Watch the community welcome the new baby. It’s really something special.
…like cruelty. Things like this make me fear and hate humans and our capacity for wreaking terror on other people and animals alike. For a buck. To beat the spirit out of this baby elephant, while her mother watches, screaming so she can be ridden by tourists. Full story:
Sick irony, no? I should want to right this wrong, understand the economic factors beneath the horrific reality in this scene. But I want only to beat the head in on the guy wielding the stick, then his helper.
The photographer mentions two organizations doing work that could stop that scene from happening again; what, how many hundreds more times? Contribute to one of them if you can.
Elephant Nature Park and Elephant Conservation Network
It should go without saying that if you’re visiting Thailand, please don’t ride the elephants!
Elephant lives and habitats are at risk in every place they call home, and in Africa they’re being maimed by poachers’ wires if not killed outright. You can help baby African elephants orphaned by poaching, and assist strong conservation work by giving to the Sheldrick Trust. Knowing this place exists, and having seen the sweet babies playing together and the love of the care givers firsthand, helps a little.
But their mothers are still dead.