This is an appeal made by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The elephant in the photo is Quanza, and you will want to read Quanza’s story (click here.)
Quanza’s mother, Qumquat, was ruthlessly gunned down by poachers on October 28 of this year, along with her two older daughters. Their faces were hacked off so the poachers could take the ivory. Quanza is just one but she will likely recall the horror of her mother’s and sisters’ murders her entire life. Her family is one of the Amboseli elephant families studied by the famous Amboseli Trust for Elephants; hence, the established names. Since the poachers killed the three older female elephants in this family, Quanza was orphaned and would likely die without intervention. Thankfully, Quanza has been rescued by the Sheldrick organization and has a good chance of surviving.
Since 1977, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has cared for baby elephants who have been orphaned by poaching or natural causes. The goal of the organization is to rehabilitate the young elephants physically and emotionally and gradually introduce them back into the wild. In addition, their work has increased our knowledge of elephants tremendously.
As we enter the holiday season, please consider a contribution to this wonderful organization. You can “foster” Quanza as a gift to someone on your list and help her recovery and eventual return to the wild. As for the book-lovers on your list, Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s recent autobiography, “Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story,” has it all — romance, drama, history, passion and so very much about elephants. Finally, as we take time to count our blessings this Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., let’s thank the wonderful people and organizations who have so tirelessly and selflessly devoted their lives to the elephants.