I hope y’all don’t kill me for posting these… besides elephants, one of the things I love is painting my nails. I did these elephant nails yesterday to celebrate World Elephant Day. I know they’re a bit silly, but they’re also fun :)
World Elephant Day is August 12!!! How can you say no to this little fellow holding a sign??? Check out: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/WED/ You can download this and other pictures there to use as your cover photo on Facebook. How cute!!
“There are few creatures as sweet as baby elephants, if you ask us. We don’t think we have to argue too hard for such a statement, as long as you have been able to observe elephants in the wild or through wildlife documentaries. Young elephants are constantly getting help from their mother and other family members to be able to deal with all the challenges they face. To control the use of the trunk is no joke for a tiny elephant, but should create a lot of quiet, respectful laughter if you’re lucky enough to be around.
A newborn is standing within half an hour of being born, and is stumbling along and falling or tipping over more or less frequently during its first 24 hours. Baby elephants are like wind-up toys and will melt the most cynical heart - if you know that some of your friends know little about elephants PLEASE SHARE so that the melting-process can reach far and wide!”
Soooo much cuteness! We went to the elephant orphanage :)
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
I really really hope that cute baby elephants are around forever and forever. Please share this image if you can; don’t buy products made out of ivory (even antiques); if you see anyone purchasing ivory, explain to them that ivory comes from dead elephants and torn families; sign the petition on iworry.org; tell everyone about the wonderful work the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing; and sponsor a baby elephant if you can :)
The headline of this photo could easily be “Family Foraging”. In many cultures, families and friends eat from the same bowl. Elephants, too. Here three generations share the same “pot” on Motorogi Conservancy (http://www.mmconservancy.com/wildlifeconservancy/) in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. We rarely see elephants fight over food, though often one with a particularly tasty morsel will walk quickly off with it to prevent it being taken by another.
We do wonder if the mostly very peaceful way elephants behave when feeding, even if goodies are on the menu, has to do with how elephant babies from day one are trained by the mother and other family members in the art of feeding wherever food and water is available.