If you're a fellow elephant lover, there's a film you must see titled There Were Nine Little Elephants. Captured in Zimbabwe to be used for elephant back safaris, these elephants were then brutally trained. However, through the incredible perseverance and compassion of many dedicated individuals, the elephants were released back to the wild in Hwange National Park. Sadly, one of the elephants - a five year old elephant named Dumasani - did not survive the ordeal and passed away. The other elephants were safely returned to the park.
I recently returned from Zimbabwe so this story rings close to home for me. Zimbabwe is a beautiful country teeming with wondrous sights, gorgeous wildlife, and amazing people. But like many countries, there are people who do not truly appreciate the full spectrum of the beauty where they live. They don't understand that a large part of that beauty are the animals who live there.
Here's the Vimeo website where you can watch the short film:
If you are as touched by this story and video as I was, please consider pledging toward The Elephant Photographer's (Carol Stevenson) documentary about the Asian Elephants and her work towards protecting these gentle giants.
Time is running out for Carol to reach her goal of $7500.00; there's only twelve days left to pledge. You can pledge any amount - $5, $10, $20, $50, etc.
Here's the website where you may obtain more information about the documentary and associated materials (books, gallery showings, etc.) and most importantly ... to PLEDGE!
Carol at work photographing the elephants