Happy World Elephant Day.
Today is a day to consider the welfare of elephants throughout the world, their dwindling numbers and vanishing natural habitats. When I was Thailand and India I got up close and personal to these massive, yet gentle creatures. It was such an experience being with these elephants.
I love elephants, and it's awful what a threat we've become to them. According to http://worldelephantday.org,
"The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.
World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike."
And just because.... here's an image of that time I charmed cobras. It was thrilling! I love snakes.
*images of me were by Richelle Dante
Kanchanaburi & Phuket, Thailand. December 2009 | Canon 30D