I would do this all the time if I had boobs
Miss France 2014 Flora Coquerel and her parents!
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
Paintings by Anna Danilova
"Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong."
My belly dancing represents me - it`s a trademark. I`ve tried to incorporate it in original ways in modern songs. But sometimes it bugs me a bit that people resort to (saying) that I`m shaking my ass with a huge sexual charge, instead of recognizing it as a move that, yeah, it`s loaded with sensuality, but it`s also part of an artistic expression.