“Well written piece Mr. Malanda, thank you!? While we believe that taking care of orphaned baby elephants is a good thing, at the same time it’s important to work together to take care of the ecosystems and all who depend upon them. LB
Snapshots: That is how NOT to save elephants, Lupita By Ted Malanda
First, dearest Lupita, if you want to save elephants, never say you love them. Revere and fear them. Love blinds one to reality. We don’t view elephants as ‘beautiful’ creatures down here. They destroy our crops, flatten our huts, kill and impoverish us. That is why newspapers call them ‘marauding herds of elephants’.
You will see pictures of angry villagers demonstrating against rampaging jumbos, or gleefully chopping an elephant they have just speared into pieces of meat for the pot. If you are very lucky, you might see a picture of a KWS ranger atop an elephant carcass, rifle in hand, trying and failing comically to reenact Ernest Hemingway’s aristocratic pose from one of his hunting expeditions in Africa. You could also bump into a picture of elephant carcasses shrunk with starvation, following a prolonged drought, or a tiny report tucked away in a corner of the newspaper describing terrified villagers fleeing, after a herd of ‘marauding elephants’ trumpeted into their village with the swagger of a well-fed politician. This in a place where elephants have not been seen in 50 years. Read more