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Elephants Are Remarkable Beings.

Animals  (tags: Elephants, Elephant families, Elephant Habitat, Namibia, Desert, Rainforest, animals, crime, cruelty, death, endangered, environment, GoodNews, humans, killing, protection, suffering, wildlife )

- 446 days ago -
Under northern Namibia run hidden veins of water that rise through a network of dry river beds during periods of rain. This austere landscape, most ancient of all the worldâEUR(TM)s deserts, is home to a small number of elephant families.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 7:43 am
They bring the underground water sources seeping to the surface by digging in the sand river beds with their tusks and trunk, and feed on the trees and bushes that grow along the banks. Despite human persecution and the increasing fragmentation of their habitat, these elephants endure through their steadfast love and support for each other, and transmit their cultural knowledge of survival in parched places to their young.

The first desert elephants I ever met were sheltering from the afternoon sun in a grove of Mopane trees. Four mothers stood together in the shade, each one with her youngster by her side. Swishing their ears to dispel the heat, they tossed trunkfuls of cooling red dust over head and shoulders in a constant rhythm that steadied my own heartbeat and breathing. After a time, the youngsters lay on their sides and went peacefully to sleep. All creatures become vulnerable in sleep. I have never forgotten the trust those elephants showed that day, the soft fall of dust on skin, the slow fanning of the adults’ ears, the youngsters’ ruffled breathing. The matriarch, their much-loved and respected elder, knew our vehicle and her calm acceptance of our presence had assured them it was safe to let their young ones sleep.

Later that day, we came upon the male who had probably fathered them. He was grazing alone on a plain of yellow flowers that had sprung up after rain. He stood, poised and majestic, before a kopje, a rough pyramid of russet stone, and plucked the flowers in bunches with his trunk-tip, tapping them neatly against one tusk to shake off dust and grit before tucking them in his mouth.

Red dust ignited in the sunlight as he tossed trunkfuls across his head and shoulders; the air smelt of jasmine, dust, and fresh elephant dung. He draped his trunk across one tusk, turned his face towards us, and I realized that I was in the presence of a remarkable being, a true elder whose knowledge was born out of lived experience.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 7:48 am
The lengthy article continues on site. It tells of the work of the Desert Elephant Conservation Soceity and the work of Dr. Laura Brown and Dr. Rob Ramsay.

The article proves this quotation true:

Elephants have a way of being in this world which transcends what we humans label instinct and survival: they live according to patterns of belonging which are ancient, beautiful, and deeply meaningful. --Eleanor O'Hanlon

At the bottom of the article there is a live link to the Desert Elephant Conservation Orgnization.

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Kathleen M (208)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 8:23 am
S&N. Wonderful post! Thx so much for sharing Fiona. 🎼 🐘 🌙

TOM TREE (247)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 8:29 am
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Kay M (347)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 9:01 am

Christeen Anderson (300)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 9:04 am
Yes they are.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 2:29 pm
Interesting article. They have always been one of my favorites.Thanks Fiona

Animae C (509)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 3:50 pm
"The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an Elephant except in a picture book?"
~Sir David Attenborough~

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 4:20 pm
Thank you, everyone who has commented.

Thank you, everyone who has noted.

True, Animae, so sadly, tragically true. I feel the tragedy of that quotation because I am a grandmother.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Monday March 26, 2018, 3:58 am

Veronica B (33)
Monday March 26, 2018, 3:13 pm
Beautiful Post!!!Thank you dear Fiona.

Sylvie A (190)
Tuesday March 27, 2018, 5:24 am
Very interesting. Thank you
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