nubbsgalore: 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
Q:What cookies are you making this raya?
chocolate chip, makmur, cornflake, cheese sticks, attempting something called Nestum Ice, and a Dutch butter cookie based on a recipe from my aunt :)
i feel terrible - apparently I gained more followers over the past few days and I haven’t even posted any art! Sorry for the slow days here art-wise - I’ve been placed on cookie-making duties for the upcoming Eid celebration, so my life right now is about butter, sugar and flour and plenty of washing-up after! That, coupled with really depressing news globally and locally (siege on Gaza, downed MH17 amidst global political power tussle) kinda makes me want to curl up and not think about anything ever again. Cookies, art and politics do not mix, at least not for me.
But anyways! I managed to sneak in this sketch card of FF Tactic’s Agrias Oaks, and a tutorial of sort on how I coloured this piece with markers. Hop on over here to check it out!
And now excuse me while I go make more cookies! Hope you all are doing great :)
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