Elephant thoughts…by Luca
Yesterday afternoon I took two friends in the Chyulu forest, for a lovely afternoon walk.
We explored a corner of the forest I love, where an old bull elephant went to die.
His skull is still there, and so are others of his big bones.
|Elephants in Orangarua, Kuku Plains, photo by my friend John Fletcher|
The bones were not where I remembered them; we could see all over traces of where elephants had drug their trunks, moving bones. A hip was moved at the based of a huge fig tree. I explained to my guests how elephants are know to mourn their kind.
I told my friends elephant stories by Tony Dyer, taken one of my favorite books, The Big Five. A must reader to any person in love with wildlife.
|Nderito, the same age set of John Fletcher, who took this photo in Kuku plains|
In these tragic days of rampant elephant poaching in Africa, we are grateful to all Campi ya Kanzi visitors: their $100 conservation fee per guest per day allows MWCT to employ 101 rangers and protect, as best as we can, these marvelous and intelligent mammals.