Video by @roshni.lodhia. Meet Leah Orwangas. Only moments after Leah invited me into her mud-hut, the sound of running feet could be heard from all directions. One by one her grandchildren trickled in to greet her. The younger ones ran to her feet and the older ones bowed in front of her so she could pat their heads, a sign of respect in the Maasai culture. Leah is a widow and a proud grandmother of 21 children (many of whom she supports). Like many Maasai women, Leah wasn’t aware of her land rights. So after her husband died, another man tried to take away her land. But with counsel from the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, a founding partner of the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, Leah learned about her land rights and fought back. Now, she is a leader — a source of light — helping educate the women in her community about their rights. She says, “When people see me now, they respect me for who I am. They seek advice from me.” Asante sana to Leah and all of the mamas around the world. Happy Mother’s Day #mothersday#empowerwomen#maasai#tanzania#africa#protectpreserve#livenature
Photo by @buks_84. Nice reminder to always “Reach for the Stars” as this recent submission to @nature_org’s global photo contest is called. Notes from the photographer: “This is a self-portrait of me shining a light towards the Milky Way on a solo camping trip, taken last winter on a cold cloudless night in the Karoo, South Africa.” Very cool! Submit your most inspiring photos at nature.org/photocontest (link in bio) to show the world how you connect with nature and for the opportunity to win some really great prizes, including a digital camera package, gift cards, and more. We can’t wait to see your images and to hear the stories behind them!
Photos by Izzy Parsons. At 3 am on Thursday morning, this tiny elephant calf walked into one of @loisaba_conservancy’s patrol bases all alone. At first light, patrols went out to look for any herds or elephant tracks close by but sadly none were found. We think he must have become separated from his herd in the rains, and given his level of dehydration, he had clearly been on his own for a little while. With help from @kenyawildlifeservice and @tropicairkenya, “Lodo” is now safe at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Your support of Loisaba security teams helped make this rescue possible, too. Asante!
Photo by @yswildlifephotography. Nothing like a little baby animal cuteness to brighten your Monday! This adorable image of a young cub in the Serengeti, Tanzania aptly titled “Working on his Abs” was taken just last month and recently submitted to @nature_org’s 2018 Global Photo Contest. Notes from the photographer: “I am an animal lover – without nature there’s no life!” We can’t wait to see your most inspiring, awesome, and stunning nature photographs from Africa and around the world. Share them now through May 31 at nature.org/photocontest and you could take home some really great prizes. Link in bio. #happymonday#lioncub#serengeti#tanzania#africa#protectwildlife#connectwithnature
Photo by @ggkenya. African skimmers at sunrise on the Kafue River in Kafue National Park, one of Zambia's most important wildlife, tourism, and wilderness areas. These two skimmers are a mating pair. For the last three years, they’ve returned to the same rock in the Kafue River to breed and every time they’ve lost their babies to crocodiles. There are only 10,000 African skimmers on the planet and being with them on this calm golden misty morning was very precious. I'm so happy to share this moment from my recent assignment with @nature_africa in Zambia, where they’re working with local communities to conserve this important place for people and nature. #beautiful#birds#sunrise#kafuenationalpark#zambia#africa#protectpreserve#livenature
Photo by @roshni.lodhia. My country, my home, my wildlife. Celebrate your natural heritage this #EarthDay by submitting your most inspiring photos to @nature_org’s global photo contest: nature.org/photocontest (link in bio). Notes from the photographer: “This photo was taken right before sunset on ‘Sunset Hill’, which looks like a rocky island in the middle of a flat plain. The view is spectacular and reaches out to the horizon. Tourists visiting Randilen are taken there for sundowners. The sunsets and sunrises from this view point alone are worth making the trip to Randilen. On our way there we saw giraffes, elephants, and a hyena. Visiting Randilen means the Maasai and other communities in the wildlife management area benefit from the revenue and this encourages them to protect the wildlife, which is key to long term conservation.” We can’t wait to see your images and hear the stories behind them! #happyearthday#photocontest#beautiful#landscape#sunsethill#tanzania#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#conservation
Sending our deepest condolences to @dswt, the Sheldrick family, and the entire conservation community. What a life well lived. Asante sana for your tireless efforts to #SaveElephants, Dame Daphne. #Regram from @dswt: “‘It is all very raw but I must share with you the passing of my incredible mother Daphne Sheldrick. What an example she was to us all, and I feel blessed to have been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Daphne passed away yesterday evening, Thursday 12th April, after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled.
She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come and that the work that she pioneered has been able to achieve so much for wildlife and wild places throughout Kenya. She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day upon a land that she held so dear to her heart through the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, thanks to a dedicated team she leaves behind. Daphne was fortunate to live long enough to preside over mud baths at Ithumba with well over 100 orphans, ex orphans and wild friends frolicking, and be able to say to herself, ‘but for I’. What a gift she leaves us all with, as she really is a shining example of the finest of humanity. Thank you all for your love and passion and support.’
– Angela Sheldrick
An official announcement on Dame Daphne's passing can be found on our website. For those wishing to make a donation to commemorate and celebrate Daphne’s life and help the DSWT continue to protect the wild lives she loved so much, please click the link in our bio or visit:
Photo by @ggkenya on assignment for @nature_africa. Kaindu Community Scouts, under the deep blue of the African sky at dusk, sit round the campfire at Kanongovira Base Camp near Kafue National Park in Zambia. After a day of patrolling, the deep blue of the sky and orange of the fire reflect on the men’s faces as they chatter and wait for dinner to be ready. This image is a perfect close to the day, showing their much-needed downtime. I am thankful for the Kaindu Scouts and I pray for their safety. They put their lives on the line every day to protect this beautiful place. Let them be safe and continue their vital work to protect Kaindu. Big thanks and high fives to @ggkenya for taking over our Instagram this week! Be sure to follow her for more. #scouts#campfire#kafuenationalpark#zambia#africa#protectpreserve#protectnature#livenature