We’re finishing up our 2-day stay at the reserve and today was astonishing. A group of 9 of us (including the 4 in my family) had a private feeding with 2 elephants. I’ve dreamed of this for over 2 decades, since I first learned of this, the first ethical elephant reserve in the world
They allow the elephants to roam and be wild, they don’t force the elephants to do anything, they don’t allow anyone to ride the elephants, they try to keep the elephants as natural as possible. They don’t even let you wash the elephants anymore because the tourists were splashing water into the elephants’ eyes and ears, causing infections. Elephants do splash themselves but they know where to splash and they can prepare their vulnerable spots for the water.
This place is wonderful, they purchase corn stalks/husks, watermelons, bananas, cucumbers, etc. for the elephants from local farmers, who also take the elephant fertilizer away for their fields, they hire refugees and mountain villagers to work with the elephants (one person per elephant), and they take care of those men’s families and take their kids to school since they don’t have access to a Thai ID card which would allow them to go to a public school.
“Just remember that your real job if you are free, you FREE somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” ~ #ToniMorrison .
Right now @cites is hosting #COP18 , the 18th conference on the future of the trade and loopholes of endangered wild species of fauna and flora. The decisions made here are detrimental to the fate of all species, considering we are all connected and inter-dependent♻️💧
For our own survival sake we feel these decisions are easy, we must stop trading animals internationally. Period. It is such a dichotomy to declare a species endangered yet open for trade in the World Market? Which is a clear path for black market movements of animals and their parts, including farming wild animals. .
The only fact that we can stand behind is that we want to preserve all of the diversities currently alive on planet earth, in a compassionate way for future generations to know what #wilderness is! And so that we can also inhabit our true nature💗🌿
If these inhumane trade market remain open it is inevitable that we will continue to harvest more and less wild habitat will be preserved! More land will be developed and cultivated, exacerbating human-population growth, which is unsustainable longterm which will not balance earths carrying capacity of fresh survival resources for all! Including air, water and soil.
The term which also identifies our organization @ganeshproject#conservation should be called true nature preservation♻️🐘💩🌱🌳
We must first accept what is left, in recognition of its wondrous true wild nature 🙌 which will bring about Peace
and long-term #coexistence for all. We need to nurture the true nature of life, all living things considered and manage our homes humanely and justly. .
🌳🔥 Enough is enough! Open foreign animal trade has wreaked havoc on our environ for centuries, including what is happening in the #Amazonrainforest right now. These wildlands have been cleared for cattle ranchers and fossil resources😢 #EndWildAnimalTrade NOW! Please for our planet, for #elephants from #ivory to skin, Let us bring #ElephantAwareness into real #LOVEinAction 🐘💗🌿
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My last photo I posted of me in the helicopter was from a trip to Namibia, Africa back in 2013. I got an amazing invitation to join some National Geographic published photographers straight out of the blue right after I graduated high school before I flew to WA to attend Western Washington University. I was there for two weeks and saw the most incredible landscapes, animals, (heard lions at night several times) but our team never saw one. Those are hard animals to catch I learned. I heard so many stories about some of the teams friends would go to the mountains there in other places and camp for months to try and catch a shot of lion or cheetah coming back to an old den. Sometimes, they’d get nothing. Shooting these animals in the complete wild ( not a safari or enclosed space ) was one of the coolest things I’ve ever did. I had sand in my clothes for two weeks and several washes after this haha. This experience definitely pushed my patience, mind, and body. I hope you enjoy some of these photos and if you are interested I do have images available for print! I’ll put a link in my bio till the 29th of August where you can find a set with some of these photos. I didn’t even tell any of my friends about my experience when I returned as right before I left, the Ebola virus outbreak was the only thing being talked about and TV, and well - I didn’t want my friends to think I might kill them.
Happy Birthday Anjalee! 🐘💚
It’s our youngest elephants 13th birthday today and she’s definitely grown a lot since she became part of our whanau four years ago.
Our elephant team say Anjalee is a typical teenager; "She's cheeky, full of life, mischievous, fun and loves to keep us on our toes! She has Burma wrapped around her little finger and loves to call her, so she comes running whenever Anjalee decides!"
Come to the zoo this weekend to see our Asian elephants and you’re also helping to conserve their wild cousins. Your zoo visits and donations help support elephant conservation in Sri Lanka with our partners Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR) and a schools awareness programme with the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust.
You can learn more about Anjalee’s journey from Niue to Auckland on our YouTube channel!
he KING in all his GLORY!
Lions are found in the Family 'Felidae' in the Animal Kingdom, recognized by their glorious manes and impeccable nature. Lions live predominantly in areas throughout Africa, and are an absolute wonder to see up Close!
Kamok is always up to something. She seems to really admire her growing tusks, and is investigating all the ways to put them to good use. One day in the bush, we watched her kneel down and repeatedly piece the ground with her tusks — perhaps strategizing how to best ward off any enemies who might cross her path!