Conservation Corner: The Elephants of Africa
Lynne Leakey, longtime friend of Frontiers and Professional Guide/Naturalist, first traveled to East Africa in 1968 and has made it her home ever since. She was married to Philip Leakey for a time, and, as the daughter-in-law of Professor Louis and Dr. Mary Leakey, had access to “a living World Book” of African knowledge. Lynne has seen first-hand the devastation happening to elephants across Africa and she is committed to projects that are vital to the preservation of the elephant and rhino population in not only Kenya, but all over the Continent.
So, what can you do to help protect these amazing animals? In addition to the “Elephant Warriors” on the ground, who work non-stop in the field with the support of various philanthropic organizations to stop the poaching of ivory and rhino horns, you can get involved through various actives such as petitions, writing letters and providing monetary funds to organizations such as the Sheldrick Wild Life Trust. Additionally, adopting an elephant through an organization like the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust can be one of the most useful ways to support the orphaned elephants. For $50 a year, you can help provide care and supplies for one orphaned elephant’s survival. At Sheldrick, the elephant orphans raised by the Trust are gradually rehabilitated back into the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park, a transition that is made at their own pace and at their own time, but usually taking approximately eight to ten years. A number of ex-nursery orphans have now had young born in the wild.
To learn more about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can visit their website or contact Kathy Schulz (KSchulz@frontierstravel.com) in our Africa Department. Kathy has worked closely with Lynne for a number of years and can point you in the right direction or organize a personal visit to the Sheldrick Trust when you’re next in Kenya to interact with these amazing animals.