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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

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Along the lake shore of the Georgian Bay - somewhere near Iron Bridge, Ontario.

davelawrencepro:

Along the lake shore of the Georgian Bay - somewhere near Iron Bridge, Ontario.

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"Tree Heart" - taken in Napa.. By me) :)

"Tree Heart" - taken in Napa.. By me) :)

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Madikwe Safari Lodge - South Africa

Built in perfect harmony with the wild, breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers exclusive game lodge accommodation in the heart of South Africa’s stunning Madikwe Game Reserve. This family-run retreat consists of three different lodges, the largest of which boasts 12 beautiful suites with private plunge pools, outdoor showers and magnificent viewing decks. Interiors are appointed with rustic chic décor, reflecting the red, tawny hues of the African landscape.

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