STRAIGHT OUTTA WISCONSIN
Reblogged from thefrogman
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
Excuse me. I’ve got something in my eye.
My neighbor has been playing the drums for like, 3 hours. Am I the biggest asshole if I go over and ask him to give it a rest? Like, christ.
Reblogged from twofish
Marta Klonowska (b. 1964, Warsaw, Poland) - Animal sculptures made from shattered glass pieces. Represented by: Lorch + Seide Gallery.
This give me such a shiver. I hate broken glass! They’re so nice though!
"Don’t put me down, you know, I’m not one of the guys
Just because it’s clever, that doesn’t make it any less unkind
Oh, I’m so crazy for you, I’d jump if you gave the sign,
Oh, my love, please don’t put me down.”
life has been pretty dumb lately & i have nothing to look forward to except school starting and the end of all my free time alone with my brain.
Not a lot of pictures from riverwest24, but here’s some. (I didn’t take all of these obv).