THE TRICK Life Of Elephants DVD
Sign up for Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of the Crazy Life and Big Cat Diaries for an night of interesting animal tales and close behind the moments tales of life in Kenya with her young family. The tales and victories of the animals she treasured, nurtured and lost are truly lovely and often heartbreaking. And her writing and examination of the consequences and risks of the activities used the name of conservation and progress are fascinating. If one finds a dying elephant, should he take the tusks to keep them from poachers? With the Park’s collection of tusks, if the company sell them to invest in anti-poaching and conservation tasks? Or as long as they be destroyed to aid the progress of banning ivory completely? A couple of certainly dilemmas uncovered in this publication that will cause you to think and to task assumptions.
Man, or bull elephants have very different sociable needs than do the females. In the wild, males leave or are driven out of the family group as they approach sexual maturity. Males spend just as much as 95% of their lives only or in loose association with other bulls. Though bulls are primarily solitary in adulthood, they are doing sometimes associate in bachelor organizations. They are generally also in chemosensory (scent) and infrasonic communication (low-frequency phone calls) with other elephants in their area. In early years of adulthood, the young bulls spend some time learning the capabilities of other bulls in their area and set up a social hierarchy and position. As they age and grow bigger, thus able to compete effectively for breeding opportunities, the bulls appear to spend their time eating and searching for females. Elephant bull nature is competitive, rather than affiliative.
The story continues with delight and pleasure, sadness and tragedy. There was the famous Eleanor, delivered in 1961, who grew to be the matriarch, fostering all younger elephants. Also two young bull elephants, Rarau and Bukanezi, became a member of Samson’s herd. We observe Reudi, a rhino, assorted ostriches, antelopes, Wiffle, a dikdik, and Lollipa, a buffalo calf. A bad-tempered little rhino was suitably called Stroppie, and a feisty newborn zebra, Punda, small orphan elephants were called Sobo and Gulliver, Baby was an eland. A beautiful impala called Bunty bridged the wildlife gap, giving birth to her outrageous young with Daphne close by. Yet in the middle of all of this activity in 1970 a drought caused the fatalities of thousands of animals.
The narrative makes it crystal clear that Daphne had fallen in love with David almost from the moment she noticed him, although there is no contract of anything permanent with David. On the other hand, having acquired one failed relationship, he had vowed to never be married ever again. After about six years, Daphne’s marriage to Bill was over, and Daphne moved temporarily to live with her sister Sheila, and work in an office in Nairobi, in 1958. Despite their mutual attraction, it looked as if she would never see David Sheldrick again.
and trusting one’s internal tone of voice even if the results lead to ‘new action’ that ‘feels’ dangerous and scary. Daphne and her husband David, (enthusiasts and soulmates), got the kind of romantic relationship that made a notable difference in the world. They had purpose in their lives. Their ‘drive-direction-action-with-a-purpose’….created a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone. Their children and grandchildren grew up with the same ideals : passionate love serves purpose in the world. Great purpose in the world serves passionate love. It’s a complete group love/purpose powerful way to live a rich life. the most gratifying love there is.
Despite – or simply because of – her colonial context, we see less of dark Africa as people. You can find black Africans who work and have caused Dame Sheldrick, but we do not get to know them individually, with small exception. Sheldrick is a native of Kenya, speaks Swahili and has a deep and enduring love of the land and animals. I don’t see a personal romantic relationship with the indigenous people, and this element may be challenging for individuals who are more accustomed to a far more modern context. Just like I would make exceptions for an older family member for devoid of a modern vocabulary in talking about people and cultural context, I attempted to use this to Sheldrick.
I had not been disappointed. In order to raise consciousness about the plight of the wildlife in Kenya, especially the elephants, the Dame writes about her and David’s experiences while he was Game Warden in the south of Kenya in the 50’s and 60’s, and right up through to the modern day. They, and later, she, raised consciousness about and fought (and continue steadily to do so) the poachers who see value in the elephants only for their ivory. David’s untimely loss of life 35 years back, transformed the circumstances of Daphne’s life, but she actually is still living and continuing his work with a huge menagerie of orphaned animals, most of which are rehabilitated and then encouraged to re-join the outrageous community. She and her large staff continue to increase orphaned infants and accustom these to the means of the wild so they can be reunited with their kind when they are healthy and ready.
This reserve packs a wallop. It is the story of a woman delivered and raised in Africa. Who eventually finds herself madly and fond of a man who shares her passions. Jointly, they rally to make sanctuaries for a once abundant and replete animals. Everything against the backdrop of the heartbreaking and incredible fight for the preservation and safety of elephants.