From camp in Kafue NP.
A week or so ago I was lucky enough to shadow @game_rangers_international on finding, darting and safely relocating an abandoned baby elephant. The Professionalism yet gentle hands it took to ensure the baby had an easy ride brought me to tears. That day was seemless. The elephant was safely relocated from the nearby community to KafueNP . The community had reported it and not killed it (before, it was common practice to kill ele’s in elephant/human conflict areas) but because of well established and effective communications between rangers and community members, encouraged and entrusted by GRI over the years, it was avoided. Tagged is Liz O’Brien (second photo). A power house of an individual who gets the job done. Theo and Lisa Olivier (black and white) have head up things at the release facility for 5 years now, and having spent some time with them I see how invaluable these two are to conservation and their further understanding and research to this and other ecosystems, conservation and environmental models. The keepers, DNPW Scouts (Department National Parks Wildlife) are too many to name but some shown here. Collins (shown standing proud - the scout who successfully darted the baby from some distance) and in green in the first photo Britius Munkombwe, Maison Chuuka, Gift Mashekwa Lyahenga and Derrick Simuntala - all experienced and longstanding keepers and community memebers at both the nursery in Lusaka and release facilities at EOP, Kafue NP. Rachel Murton is also featured who is director of the project and an inspiration to conservation models everywhere and expert on baby elephants in Zambia. These people are not only dedicated but they are kind and they are strong in all ways. No ego stands here and that is why this project stands firm and I am committed to doing what I can to supporting them. I was taught to give back to the things that gave me a life in paint; and so my promise stands and I will find ways to support these incredible humans.
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