Wild Elephants gather inexplicably mourn death of Elephant Whisperer
I have no words for this, only sorrow- May Your Spirit be moved in good direction for all Life and the Earth- gwt
Lawrence Anthony’s Rehabilitation of Elephants
South African news coverage of Lawrence Anthony and his extraordinary act to rehabilitate wild elephants at his Thula Thula Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.
Lawrence Anthony – CBS video of the Baghdad zoo rescue
CBS Interview with Lawrence Anthony on the rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Lawrence Anthony – CNN Documentary
CNN Documentary of the Royal Zulu Biosphere
The Elephant Whisperer
Lawrence Anthony, Coronation and the lesson of trust
Lawrence Anthony tribute
A tribute to Lawrence Anthony, the elephant whisperer, by the SA Rugby Legends
Thank You Lawrence Antony
Lawrence Antony author of “Elephant Whisperer” seen here having a moment with his eles. He did so many wonderful projects with animals around the world. This is a short video clip I shot on a PAS camera. We spent a week there last September.
Soul Gypsies South Africa 2011 Safari
Chris and Maggie Mellor (Soul Gypsies) organize South African Safaris as well as other wonderful global adventures. www.soulgypsies.com
Lawrence Anthony – ETV Press release on the Elephant Cull
ETV Press release on the Elephant Cull
Shirley and Jenny: Two Elephants Reunited After More Than 20 Years
Not a new story but worth watching again and again! So amazingly touching – the story of Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants.
Jenny and Shirley were both at the same circus when Jenny was a calf and Shirley was in her twenty’s. They lived one winter together then were separated twenty-two years ago. It is very rare for elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity, and it’s probably the first time such a thing has been documented on film.
Jenny passed away peacefully October 17, 2006 surrounded by those she loved most ~ Shirley, Bunny, Tarra and her caregivers.
Read more about the reunion here: http://www.carolbuckley.com/elevisions/?p=1065
Raju The Elephant Cries While Being Rescued After 50 Years Of Abuse In India
An elephant that was kept in chains for 50 years and abused by a drug addict who used the animal beg in India has been freed.
Raju had been beaten and starved since being poached from the wild as a baby and resorted to eating paper and plastic to fill his stomach.
The chains and spikes wrapped around his legs had left him with chronic wounds and arthritis and he was in almost constant pain.
But now he is walking free for the first time after a daring rescue by conservationists with a court order by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department to take the elephant from his abusive owner.
The charity took Raju in the middle of the night on Thursday, supported by police and state officials.
The elephant’s mahout and previous owner tried to stop him being taken by adding more chains and having people block the roads for the rescue lorry. Experts worked for hours to gain the elephant’s trust with fruit and encouragement until they could get him into the van that would take him to a sanctuary.
When Raju was being rescued, volunteers said they saw tears rolling down his face. Pooja Binepal, from Wildlife SOS UK, said: “The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue. It was so incredibly emotional for all of us.
“We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed. “Elephants are not only majestic, but they are highly intelligent animals, who have been proven to have feelings of grief, so we can only imagine what torture half a century has been like for him.” Kartick Satyanarayan, the charity’s co-founder, said the mahout tried to make the elephant charge by shouting commands.
He added: “We stood our ground and refused to back down — and as we did so, tears began to roll down Raju’s face. “Some no doubt were due to the pain being inflicted by the chains, but he also seemed to sense that change was coming.
“It was as if he felt hope for the first time in a very long time.” Almost two days later and 350 miles away in Mathura, the chains were removed after 45 painstaking minutes.
A video showed the moment they cut the painful spikes and chains binding the animal’s legs so he could walk freely for the first time. Mr Satyanarayan said: “We all had tears in our eyes as the last rope which held the final spike was cut and Raju took his first steps of freedom.” Other elephants at the Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura came to watch the new arrival.
He is being fed to restore him to a healthy weight and vets are treating his many wounds and abscesses from beatings and chains. Rescuers at Wildlife SOS believe Raju started life in the wild but was caught as a baby by poachers and sold as a working elephant.
Ms Binepal said: “The poachers either slaughter the mother, or they drive the herd into traps that are small enough only for the babies to fall into. The mother cries for her baby for days after he’s been stolen — it is a sickening trade. “The calves are then tied and beaten until they submit to their owners — their spirits are effectively broken.”
He had almost 30 owners in his life but was found by the charity exactly a year before his rescue, working as a begging elephant on the streets of Allahabad. His owner, a drug addict, would tell pilgrims at religious sites his elephant could “bless” them in exchange for money.
Raju’s tail was almost bare because the man had been ripping out hairs to sell tourists as a good luck charm for hundreds of rupees. The elephant was covered in deep wounds from the spikes, as well as the spear used to discipline him and abscesses from his chains.
He was kept chained outside with no shelter or rest, even in the summer heat, and was dangerously underweight. Raju is now recovering in Wildlife SOS’ elephant sanctuary, where he will live with other rescued animals.
The charity, founded in India in 1995, is appealing for £10,000 of donations to help start the elephant’s new life. To donate, visit http://www.wildlifesos.org/ or cheques or postal orders can be sent to: Wildlife SOS, 483 Green Lanes, London, N13 4BS.
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UPDATE ON RAJU, ONE YEAR AFTER:
Raju celebrates 1st Birthday …
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Speech by Dylan Anthony son of Lawrence Anthony at UKZN’s Grad Ceremony
The posthumous award of an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Lawrence Anthony at UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science graduation ceremony was a bitter-sweet occasion for his family.
Anthony had been thrilled when he learned UKZN would honour him at the 2012 Graduation ceremonies for a lifetime of conservation work. With his death at the age of 61 on 2 March this year it was left to his son Dylan to accept the award on his behalf. Twelve of Anthony’s closest family and friends attended the Graduation ceremony to honour his memory and celebrate his remarkable achievements.
The contributions of Anthony to conservation and the environment have been recognised at the highest levels globally. While much of his adult life has been dedicated to finding effective environmental solutions for the benefit of all life forms, he was probably best known for his bold conservation initiatives which include the rescue of animals from the Baghdad Zoo in Iraq at the height of the United States invasion in 2003 and expeditions into the jungle in Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempt to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
A best-selling Author and Explorer, Anthony owned and lived on the Thula Thula Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, having grown up in the African bush in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and finally Empangeni in Zululand.
Anthony’s initiatives in Baghdad where he eventually re-opened the zoo with the help of international aid and formed the first SPCA in Iraq were recognised by both the United States and Iraqi governments and he received the US 3rd Infantry Division Regimental Medal for bravery in his work. His book on the events titled Babylon’s Ark won critical acclaim from the American Library Association, and the film rights have been acquired by a major Hollywood production company.
His second book, The Elephant Whisperer, is a non-fictional account of his relationship with wild elephants and the unique techniques he evolved to stabilise traumatised individuals and herds. The book is a best seller in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Anthony founded the Earth Organisation, an independent international conservation and environmental organisation which aims to protect the environment and enhance the survival potential of all life forms and in 2007 he submitted the Wildlife in Warzones draft resolution to the United Nations in New York. The resolution obliges member states to protect wildlife and the environment in war zones and to treat zoos, game reserves, marine parks, veterinary facilities and game rangers as illegitimate targets of war. The resolution is being actively pursued internationally and is finding strong support and traction among member states.
His principle conservation and environmental focus has been the meaningful involvement of remote rural African communities in conservation and its benefits. This has been achieved through education and involvement of local communities in unique conservation projects on their own traditional land. He created two new African reserves in KwaZulu-Natal.
Anthony’s conservation efforts earned him numerous awards and he served on a wide variety of governmental and humanitarian advisory boards in a variety of capacities. His son Dylan said that it was not only in wildlife and conservation that Lawrence made his mark, but also because of his incredible human rights initiatives.
Graduation Orator, Dr Joyce Chitja said UKZN was honoured to recognise Lawrence Anthony posthumously with the award Doctor of Science honoris causa for his courageous and unfailing commitment to the protection and conservation of animals and the broader environment, and for his successes in reaching out to share his unique experiences with the world.
UKZN’s Executive Director of the Corporate Relations Division, Ms Nomonde Mbadi, said: ‘Mr Anthony was indeed a rare and remarkable human being who has left a lasting legacy of goodwill and compassion.’
In accepting Lawrence’s Doctorate on his behalf, his son Dylan said: ‘Lawrence touched the hearts and minds of millions. Over the past few weeks since he passed away, the outpouring of love and condolences from people around the world has been heart warming and awe inspiring.
‘Lawrence, with no formal training in zoology, spent the better part of his life trying to shelter wild animals and the environment from the ravages of human conflict. The honorary Doctorate he receives tonight stands as a wonderful testament to a battle long fought.’
‘I wish I could give you a further insight into the extraordinary depth of this man with his love of people, love of adventure, his love of animals, his infectious laugh and piercing sense of humour. It was an honour to address you tonight and I believe Lawrence to be watching down and smiling upon this evening.’