The most important thing in my life after family is always animals. This is my post for today — from my and our charity of choice. Always deeply touched. Peace! 🐘
, 2003: Given that yesterday was #MandelaDay
, it feels only fitting to share this photo of Madiba!
A few weeks before Christmas, a newborn elephant was found abandoned in a riverbed in Botswana. To ensure that he wouldn’t be sold to a zoo or subjected to a life of elephant riding, his rescuers sent him to Wild Care in South Africa, who then contacted us and requested that he become part of our Orphans’ Project. After a seven-hour plane ride, this jet-setting chap landed in Nairobi — tiny, fuzzy, and totally hooked on the blanket he had traveled with. As a nod to his South African origins, we named him “Madiba,” which is what Nelson Mandela is affectionally called in his homeland.
Over the past 15 years, our little Madiba has blossomed into a lovely bull. Today, he is living wild in Tsavo — although he still makes frequent visits to our Ithumba stockades and acts as an exemplary mentor to the orphans there.
Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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