Here is a reminder of who your map prints support: these guys and all creatures connected to them. And here’s why we’re with @dswt: Some elephants arrive at the nursery so weak they are unable to lift their trunks. Beyond physical wounds, it's oftentimes a broken heart that kills the orphans, and it takes a tremendous amount of love, affection and time to heal from the trauma they've endured before arriving at the DSWT nursery. Enter: elephant keepers.
Not only do keepers provide basic care like making sure bellies are full of nourishing milk and their sensitive skin is protected from the African sun, but they help keep the orphans' hearts full. It's the keepers and new elephant family who help the orphans feel genuine love and affection in order to give them the will to live.
It’s typical for baby elephants to reach their trunk up to their keepers' top bunk at night just to fall back asleep assured their keeper is still there. But the greatest barometer that an elephant has a fighting chance is when a baby elephant goofs around. Elephants are only capable of flourishing if they are happy.
Guiding the orphans every step of the way, DSWT provides for the babies as they learn how to be an elephant, preps them for increased independence at one of their three Reintegration Centers, and ideally sees them off to a life of freedom in the wild--the ultimate goal. Beyond the Orphans Project, DSWT projects include aerial surveillance, mobile vets, anti-poaching, community outreach and habitat preservation, all in an effort to preserve and protect Africa's wilderness.
100% net profits from every map purchase support The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's vital work. Purchase posters $48 (link in bio). @dswt
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust