photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
engrave this on my tombstone
even babs knows
YOU FORGOT HARLEY’S REACTION TO THAT, ASKING IF SHE MEANS LIKE HOW PEOPLE SAY BATGIRL AND SUPERGIRL ARE FRIENDS
THEN BATGIRL CHANGES THE SUBJECT
SUPER LESBIANS DESERVE THEIR OWN SUPER SHOW
Behind the scenes of Deborah Ann Woll’s SELF Magazine shoot (x)
Deborah Ann Woll attends the premiere of HBO’s “True Blood” season 7 and final season at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Deborah Ann Woll has found her next gig. The True Blood star has landed the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, coming on board the Netflix project as Karen Page.