This time I have to hand the camera credits to @gijs_hardeman
for capturing us in action with the Elephantman Roy in search of the Presidential Elephants.
On May 19th, Theunis Botha - a pro big game hunter - was leading a group hunt at Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park. (Photograph is of a herd seen the week before near the park taken by Nat Geo Creative, Bob Smith).
They came across a large herd of breeding elephants, and three of those elephants directly charged at the group.
A fourth elephant caught them off guard and charged from the side, picked Botha up with her trunk and as she was shot at, she landed on Botha who was crushed upon impact. Both of them did not survive.
This further exemplifies how the practice of trophy hunting needs be examined thoroughly and just banned altogether.
When elephants feel threatened, they will react in defence.
This is a natural instinct they possess, and to challenge them and interfere their daily routine is purely ignorant.
Trophy hunting is a poor excuse for conservation. In no way does it benefit the local community or ecosystem of the environment around them.
Trophy hunting is also elitist.
It glorifies the horrific act of cruelty and murder committed by individuals who pay tremendous amounts of money to terrify, trap and kill (with a group of armed security guards behind them) an innocent being - all for pleasure and status in their vile hunting community.
Please share these stories, because everyone needs to become aware of how crucial it is to support those (rangers) who not only care a great deal for these animals, but risk their lives to save them every single day.
It's unfortunate that this elephant had to die because of their sheer stupidity, and lack of knowledge on how precious and important an elephants role is in the environment they live in - for them and for human beings.
Let this be a lesson to them.
Click on my link in the bio for the full article!
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som virker en evighet siden..
At night when finally alone,
I close my eyes, and I am home.
I kneel and touch the blood-warm sand
And feel the pulse beneath my hand
Of an ancient life too old to name,
In an ancient land too wild to tame. 💛
Every meeting you have with an elephant is magical.
"The air is fresh and dense. Wild animals glowing with health-frisky impala, fat zebra, shiny waterbuck, on the radio Peter has just spotted African wild dogs on the Manga road. As we pull into the sighting, it is very silent, now and then only interrupted by the panting, growling and playfulness of the pack." -Lewis, Professional Guide, Somalisa Camp