photosbygerry 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
This is better to see than white people with African animals.
okay Okay OKAY, 44-year-old Morris Chestnut, fine. You’ve convinced me: I’ll get back in the gym, dude. You’ve made your point: you can make a movie in 1999 then come back like 14 years later and be in even better shape than you were last time, when you were 30 or so. I’m not a hater so I don’t hate, I congratulate, and where appropriate, emulate.
But for real, everybody in this movie looks as good or better than they did in the first one. Nia Long went to the Phylicia Rashad school of How To Stay Fine Forever and Ever Amen. She just had a baby not too long ago, too. Ooooooh, kill em’!
Mia Morgan Sullivan was one of the greatest people any of us have ever known. Even though none of us wanted to believe she would be here, she knew. She knew she would. She made sure that we would all be here, too. Not to mourn death, but to celebrate life. Being with her in the days leading to her home-going was the greatest gift any of us have ever received. Because of her, we are friends for life. Because of her… we’re family. Mia was, and is an angel. It’s tragically ironic that the day we recieved the Son of God, he called one of his daughters home. I know that God has a plan. I know. But this one… This one is really hard to accept.