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
My favorite animals omg.
Asgardians don’t know about Beyoncé.
#this just occurred to me #like Thor is watching tv with Darcy who is watching random music videos #Who Run the World starts to play #and Thor is like #’Who is this fierce warrior? She leads her troops in a such rhythmic way.’ #Darcy’s like #’ Holy crap you don’t who Beyoncé is’ #she plays all the albums in her itunes and lets him watch the Super Bowl performance #and Thor’s mind is settled he must go to a concert #long story short Beyoncé is the first Migardian singer to perform on Asgardian soil #spoiler alert: she’s a huge success #spoiler alert 2: Asgardians are like ’ HOW DID WE SURVIVE SO LONG WITHOUT THE SONGS OF WARRIOR GODDESS BEYONCÉ???’ #spoiler alert 3: Sif plays ‘Who Run The World’ as she dives in to battle with her all female army’ #’IN THE NAME OF BEYONCÉ!’ she’ll scream #’BEYONCÉ!’ Sif’s female army will yell back (via ororosmunroe)
Appointment for my next tattoo is officially set and I am so excited!!
I can’t wait!! A month and a half seems so long away.
August 30th, come to me!