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elephants & godaddy.com

April 4, 2011

This news reached my ears a few days ago and I moved quickly to shut down my godaddy account (or rather removing all my information as an account cannot be fully deleted). The CEO of the company posted a “holiday” video on his website showing himself killing an elephant in Zimbabwe. He will give you all sorts of nobel reasons about why he did this. He is also arguing that it was an aggressive bull elephant (it’s not) and that elephants are not endangered at all, there’s too many of them! But let’s be honest, none of that is actually true. It is really just a despicable murder, leaving a family shattered in pieces, because humans like to think they rule the world.

If you have any domains registered with godaddy.com, please move them to another service and let the company know your reasons for doing so. NameCheap.Com are offering a transfer where 20% of the proceeds go to SaveTheElephants.Org.

bloom

September 7, 2010

The sunflower had a rough time getting into bloom. On a shady balcony it spend months trying to reach for the sun. Standing two meters tall in the end, it finally did and now it shines in the gloomy days. Pang Dow suffered through many obstacles, mostly mankind, in her life. But she made it to BLES and a life of happiness. Ready about her days at the sanctuary here. The sales of “Tales & Tails: the Elephant poetry and prose project” contributed nearly £400 to her rescue and life at Boon Lotts. Thank you for your support!

The book will continue to be on sale and help Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary accomplish the amazing work they do. If you haven’t had a chance to buy it yet, please take the opportunity!

Elephant Tales: Elephant Memories

August 3, 2010

“Recently one of the big adult females in the population died of natural causes and we collected her jaw after a few weeks and brought it to camp. Three days later her family happened to be passing through camp* and when they smelled the jaw they detoured from their path to inspect it. One individual stayed for a long time after the others had gone, repeatedly feeling and stroking the jaw, turning it over with his foot and trunk. He was the dead elephant’s seven-year-old son, her youngest calf. I felt sure he recognized it as his mother.”

Elephant Memories (thirteen years in the life of an elephant family) is a book by one of the greats in Elephant studies, Cynthia Moss. The book follows the TC and TD families through the years from the beginning of Cynthia’s study, till the time she wrote the book. It documents thirteen years of knowledge gained by intensive elephant studies carried out in Amboseli Park as she lived amongst the elephants and tracked them on a daily basis. But mostly it offers a magnificent insight into the lives of the individuals that live in Amboseli Park.

We follow the families through births, deaths and droughts, and along the way learn about their mating ritual, the family structure and their connections and relationships with other elephants in the park. The way they grieve, love and play…. and so much more.

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Elephant Tales: Hannah’s Dream

April 23, 2010

“Sam imaged the Lord must have been in an odd frame of mind the day He created the Asian elephant. When he first met her, Hannah had reminder him of nothing so much as a worn-out, hip-shot, low-slung, dog-ugly poorly dressed floozy in bad shoes. (…) and yet there was a soul, a thing of pure beauty, behind those eyes.”

Sam Brown is a keeper at a second rate zoo and has spent the last forty years caring for lone elephant Hannah. He has vowed not to retire until he has found someone to replace him. A new elephant keeper enters the frame, recognizing what Sam already knows; that despite the love and care, Hannah is isolated from other elephants and suffering from standing on concrete all day. Just as they start hatching a plan to get Hannah to a sanctuary, the zoo launches a campaign to rejuvenate the zoo, with Hannah as the main star.

“Look, I am not anti-captivity and I don’t have a bleeding heart. I’ve been taking care of zoo animals for twenty years, and I believe deeply in what zoos do, what keepers do, and how we do it. But I also believe in doing what’s right for the animals first.”

This book is mostly a story about the people around Hannah, her keeper and a great selection of other characters, who are all intertwined on some level. The characters are well-developed and three dimensional, everyone adding their value to the developing story, even Miles the pig. At times it’s a little sugary and sweet, but in the end it’s a heart warming story about people rallying around an elephant and recognizing her needs.

It is a story reminicent of those for whom we are rallying. The whole book, all I could think of was Lucy, still stuck in Edmonton alone and cold. It addressed a lot of problems that we see everywhere; the constant rocking, the foot problems, the zoos might deny that those are problems, but they are. And elephants deserve better. Lucy, Queenie, Lucky, and all the others out there.