THE MAHOSADHA JĀTAKA - one hundred and one kings on their way to attack the kingdom of Mithila. The multitude of Indian kings is represented by the two figures on elephants 🐘🙏🏽🐘 “Ten Lives of the Buddha, Siamese Temple Paintings and Jātaka Tales” - Photo by Joe D. Wray
Photo by @FransLanting | The other night I had the great honor of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a gala ceremony in London’s magnificent Natural History Museum. To be recognized with so many peers, colleagues, friends and brilliant young photographers was a moving experience. I was given a wonderful sculpture of a bull elephant. When @ChristineEckstrom examined it closely she realized it was inspired by a photo I had made years ago of a famous elephant named “Survivor” in Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley. Survivor lived through a previous poaching holocaust in the 1980s and he was written up in Mark and Delia Owens’ books “Eye of the Elephant” and “Survivor’s Song.” The bull elephants depicted here, which I photographed in Botswana one memorable evening, lived more tranquil lives thanks to its government’s enlightened policy of putting a moratorium on elephant hunting, but even there the tide is turning. I’m sharing this image in honor of all elephant champions including the late Paul Allen, and respectfully ask that you consider supporting the organizations that can turn the current poaching crisis around and secure a future for elephants. Proceeds from a limited print of this image titled “Twilight of the Giants” will benefit their cause. Check on the link in my Instagram bio to learn more. @FransLanting @elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants @wildaid @wildnetorg #elephants#ivory#nhm_wpy#conservation#wildlifephotography#wildlife .
When someone asks what one thing they could eliminate from their #diet to make them feel more #healthy my answer always comes as a #surprise ... it’s #dairy 🐄🥛 ...
And most say “I don’t really drink #milk at all” so I remind them that in #america we shove dairy byproducts (#cheese - #cream - #yogurt - whey #protein ) into damn near everything, so even if they don’t #drink a glass of milk each day, they are likely still consuming a ton of dairy. 🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛
It’s estimated that 65% of adults are lactose intolerant. If 65% of us got sick from #lemonade do you think we would still drink it at every meal and mandate our #children drink it at #school ? We have zero need for milk from another mammal . We aren’t #dogs or #elephants or #cows . We’re #humans which is why our #bodies have serious problems when we consume the lactations of another mammal, like indigestion, acne, inflammation, weight gain, constipation. And yes, I said lactations, because everyone knows the only way mammals have milk is when they have given #birth . But the dairy industry has blurred that reality and many people believe “dairy cows” just walk around with milk all the time. Uh, no. Cows are artificially inseminated, they give birth, the calves are immediately taken from them so the milk can go to us (and the calves can become veal). After 4-6 years of this constant cycle the cows are no longer fertile and, well, you know...
But the best reason to stop consuming dairy is #cancer . The primary protein in dairy is #casein which research shows to be one of the most #carcinogenic substances we consume. So as we search for “the cure” and wear ribbons and give billions to drug makers while our cancer #mortality rate basically hasn’t changed in 50-years, it turns out one of the most #powerful things we can do is stop ingesting things that are causing cancer. That’s actually a preventative cure, not a treatment of symptoms after the fact. 🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜
And don’t freak out about your #morning#coffee not being creamy, there are so many #plantbased options in every store these days, just relax, you’ll be fine. And your health will take a huge step forward.
Every year, tourists flock to Thailand and snap pictures with cute baby elephants or take an elephant ride. Some facilities make elephants paint pictures or perform circus-style tricks. What many people aren’t aware of—and what the industry tries hard to hide—is the dark and ugly existences that these elephants endure in order to provide them with such an experience. Most elephants captured in the wild are taken from Myanmar, where traffickers use elephants who have been previously broken to corral herds of free elephants into pit traps. Mothers and aunts, who desperately try to protect the youngsters, may be shot, and the more profitable babies are taken to clandestine locations.
Whether stolen from the wild or born into captivity, elephants endure unimaginable abuse for the lucrative Thai tourism trade. Baby elephants have their minds, bodies, and spirits systematically “broken” through a barbaric process called phajaan. Still-nursing baby elephants are dragged from their mothers, kicking and screaming. They are immobilized, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with nails for days at a time. These ritualized “training” sessions leave the elephants badly injured and traumatized. Some don’t survive. Once their spirits have been crushed, these elephants spend the rest of their lives in servitude and chains. They spend their days lugging loads of tourists on their backs, often in sweltering temperatures. They are routinely beaten with bullhooks—metal rods with a sharp hook on one end—and often denied adequate food and water. The elephants are often worked to the point of exhaustion, and many develop pressure sores and suffer from painful problems with their sensitive feet.
While Thailand is the hot spot for this barbaric industry, elephants throughout Southeast Asia endure a similarly miserable fate. Elephants are traded, tortured, and imprisoned for rides in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Tourists’ money drives this cruel trade. Never visit elephant camps or take elephant rides, and only visit accredited sanctuaries.
Today I spent the day with great friends and we went to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. I saw elephants which just happen to be my mom's favorite animal. I felt at peace and could have stood there all day. Then on the way home my friend said there is a cardinal!! Mom was stopped to visit. After a very tough, emotional week I feel a sense of calmness. I love that my friends drove us into the city on a beautiful day and I got to see elephants.
@Regran_ed from @wildviewing - Little elephant is still struggling to walk! 🐘
What an amazing moment captured by Michelle Sole @awildsole
#Elephant#Elephants - #regrann
💖🐘😊👏 Credit : @howard.cleland - GETTING YOUR FEET WET: Left behind on the middle island of the Sand River, this young bull hot footed through the shallows back to the herd who were already up the bank and into the bush. When they want to, elephant can be extremely mobile.
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The stars of our safari experience - the big 3... If you must know a dead Buffalo was found in our campsite hunted and eaten by 4 Alpha-male lions, whom later chased hyaenas past our tent (10cms away according to our guide), then when we thought we’d get some shut eye on the 2nd night an Elephant decided to chill by our tent. Couldn’t even make this shit up if I wanted to 🤦🏽♀️