As Eric & I arrived at my Mom's on Christmas Eve, the kids all tumbled to the door with smiles and excitement left over from the Christmas Eve Eve sleepover. Laura immediately thrust her ipod towards me and sung look-look-look at Ishanga. I had to unravel myself from my Mom's arms, and set down our bag of gifts under the tree... because I wanted to be fully present for her. She showed me again... and I cooed and maybe got just-a-little-teary. Ishanga? Did you name her? No, I just chose her... because of Shanga.
Ishanga is an elephant, Laura's foster elephant. She lives in Kenya at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust... "a haven for elephant orphans." She was saved from the jaws of a lion, nursed back to health, and one day... she will return to the wild.
'Saving wildlife and wilderness is the responsibility of all thinking people.
Greed and personal gain must not be permitted to decimate,
despoil and destroy the earth's irreplaceable treasure
for its existence is essential to the human spirit and the well-being of the earth as a whole.
All life has just one home - the earth - and we as the dominant species must take care of it.'
-Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick
Photos property of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust... a great big THANK YOU to the Trust for sending me these photos to use. The story would not have been the same without them...