Originally posted by @paulnicklen
Photograph by my good friend and @Sea_Legacy collective member @JodyMacdonaldPhoto // Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and they are disappearing faster than they are reproducing. Globally, their population has declined by approximately 62% over the last decade. The loss of elephants gravely affects many species that depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems and weakens the diversity of nature itself. They are running out of space and time. Here, Rajan the elephant floats in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Brought to the islands for logging in the 1950’s, he, along with a small group of 10 elephants, were forcefully trained to swim in saltwater. He was the last surviving member until his recent death in 2016. ---------------------------------------------------------- On behalf of our dear friend @AmiVitale: The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews in concert and take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave @prizeo. Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
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