Elephants are groovy. There is a sanctuary for them nearby in Williston, Florida. 🐘
The matriarch of a herd shares her experience as she lends a helping trunk to younger generations.
The end of her long trunk possesses the dexterity of human fingers as she uses it to caress a calf or blow sediment from the bottom of pools of water to obtain natural mineral supplements for consumption.
Sure, her huge ears are great, but she can also “hear” with her feet, picking up on frequencies from others up to 20 miles away.
In the wild, she can live 70 or more years.
There are multiple organizations that protect elephants and wildlife. The most impressive to me are the Akashinga, the Brave Ones, an all-woman anti-poaching unit. Since their inception in 2017, elephant poaching has dropped 80%. (IAPF statistic).
As of 2019 the women made 115 arrests without firing a single shot during their protection of 1,545 square miles.
Noted by the program founder, “The biggest thing that we’ve seen is we haven’t had a single incidence of corruption with women.”
Image credit: worldwildlife.org