I was lucky enough to “meet” elephants at a very young age. And see many through my childhood and teens. Above: elephant orphanage, Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, c.1960. R. to l. Three baby elephants, orphaned after their mother was killed by a poacher, yours truly (with white socks if you please), my mother, and little sister, not keen on elephants. (Some photos have already been posted)
Tsavo national park, Kenya, c.1968. When an elephant appears to be intent on crossing the “road”, it has right of way. Stop the car. But keep the engine running.
Pre-Rup temple, Angkor, Cambodia, this past January. Built around 961 AD, a thousand years ago, the temple is guarded by sacred elephants at each corner of the terrace.
Detail. Note the necklace. Possibly a flower garland.
Colombian elephant. Bogotá, 2016. A Colombian elephant is easily recognizable by its green, emerald colour. Pink elephants? Delirium tremens. Go see your Doctor.
Indian elephant at a purdah. This magnificent painting was bought by my father in Delhi, early 70’s. Now on daughter #1’s wall. 🙂
Wild elephants near a village, Rwanda, 1971. The coexistence of wildlife and expanding human settlements is an increasing problem as I have mentioned before. Those elephants are likely to destroy the villager’s corn crop. And be shot. My dear friend Tish Farrel, who has lived in Kenya too, just mentioned to me that some NGO’s are putting bee-hives around the fields, so that elephants get stung by bees, and stay away. Plus the villagers get the honey. A splendid idea! Visit Tish’s blog at:
Asian elephant, Vincennes zoo, c.1971-1972.
Street elephant, Paris, 2018. (Or is it a scorpion-elephant?)
A Ceylon elephant. Bought by my parents in Sri Lanka (as they call it now) in Colombo, 1952. Even the toe-nails were ivory. Alas! Many have fallen and disappeared year after year. I had to replace them with carved wood.
Speaking of carved wood: Singapore zoo, 2017.
At the lodge, in Murchison Falls, Uganda, 1968, before setting off to to the sources of the Nile. A young elephant had grown used to roam near the bungalows of the safari lodge. And walk past the terrace where a few tourists and I were taking breakfast. At one point, one the tourists got too close to take a better picture…
The young elephant (not so small from this angle, right?) grabbed the yellow chair with its trunk and flung it at the tourist… (I’ve told that story before, I know). 🙂
I thought I might end this post on a cute picture… Above. Alas, after a quick search, it seems to be an April’s Fool Photoshop “montage” by the Kruger Park, in South Africa. 🙂 Well, doesn’t matter. It may have happened in another universe.
African elephant population at the beginning of the 20th century was about 3 to 5 million, down to 415,000 today. (Source: WWF). Asian elephant figures were 100,000 down to 40-50,000.
Current African elephant range. (Source: WWF). Imagine a time when practically all sub-Sahara Africa was “green”. A few countries in Africa are doing tremendous efforts for wildlife preservation (Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, to name a few) But more needs to be done.