A bowl of Elephants!

One could call this.' A bowl of Elephants' probably

One could call this.’ A bowl of Elephants’ probably

The young lad that makes these sweet Elephants is paying for his secondary school fees..

The young lad that makes these sweet Elephants is paying for his secondary school fees..

These lovely creations are all made by the people around Latakwen

These lovely creations are all made by the people around Latakwen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The real thing.. and he's special.. !5 years ago this would have been a dream, now its a daily ocurrence.. SO SPECIAL..

The real thing.. and he’s special.. 15 years ago this would have been in your dreams, now its a daily ocurrence.. SO SPECIAL..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten to fifteen years ago seeing an elephant coming out to drink in the middle of the day, like this beautiful one,  would be like seeing a ‘blue moon’..  In those days, if you were lucky enough to see an elephant it was running for its life..  Twenty to thirty years ago there were NO Elephants here at all,  they had ALL been hunted down for their ivory, the ones that survived this scourge ran south to safer grounds..  Now we are offering THE safer grounds!!, and they are coming back in there droves, enjoying the space, and friendliness that we can offer them.., and that is why I started my story with a whole lot of colourful eleys!.. All the people seem to be excited, so accepting…  All sorts of new carvings, beaded animals of all shapes an sizes, drawings, whatever, they are depicting Elephants.. They certainly were not thinking like that before! We really feel that the communities are ‘on the same ship ‘ now… Elephants are now part of their proud heritage.. 15 years ago I remember if an Elephant was seen every one used to say.. ooooerrr DANGER, then they would run for it, back where they came from!!.. now they just sit and enjoy the scene, or if they are going some where give it a wide berth!!.. Some times not even wide!..

What is amazing is what was happening to this land because of the lack of elephants..  It was dying, I promise, maybe a better word is degenerating.. I started wondering why, but now the elephants are back, the land is alive again..  I can’t put my finger on it, but its fasinating stuff!.. The ‘easy to notice’ results of no elephants was the mountains were burning, and natural pan dams drying up, and people did not seem to care for their future any more??…. The elephants return has brought life back to this beautiful region!.. I would like to point out that in broad language that ‘elephant’ means wildlife, each animal giving his bit back to the environment!! The other morning we saw two lions sauntering down the lugga!, this has not been seen for years!

These Elephants knew it was my Birthday!.. and wanted to show their gratitude for the mostly peaceful life they are now enjoying..

These Elephants knew it was my Birthday!.. and wanted to show their gratitude for the mostly peaceful life they are now enjoying..

Multi-tasking here.. having a dust bath , while feeding her babe

I was sitting on a rock about 20 meters away on the hill side, the mother knew I was there!.. She just carried on doing her thing.. Having a dust bath and feeding her youngster

 

 

Yes this was my birthday present… actually what more could I have asked for.. Not the bowl of Eleys the real one!!  All the hard work day in and day out to keep our little Milgis Trust alive is all worth it!

Elephants are part and parcel of bush life, and i think Mark Deeble puts it so well… When you have time  I want you to read his ramblings about Elephants.. I think he writes beautifully!!

http://markdeeble.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/elephants-why-bother/   Is his last blog..

 

My next blog is on the developments at the Milgis School, thanks to our friends the Bergums from Norway, in memory of their daughter  Lena Maria … just to finish off, while we are on the subject of Elephants,  just a few pictures depicting ‘how to live with these gentle giants’ on the wall of the school!, and our becoming famous Milgis elephant!

 

 

Woman on her way to Market, not fased by the Elephants

Woman on her way to Market, not fased by the Elephants

We can live together.. Warrior, Elephant and cows!

We can live together.. Warrior, Elephant and cows!

 

'Live and let live'.. I hope the man is telling his friend… ' Good the Elephants are going down to our water hole to drink'.. Go for it!!

‘Live and let live’.. I hope the man is telling his friend… ‘ Good the Elephants are going down to our water hole to drink’.. Go for it!!

Milgis School motto.. There should be a tree in there!! I recon

Milgis School motto.. There should be a tree in there!! I recon..

Finally the Little Milgis Elephant show run by Titus the environment teacher..  We have given many shows at meetings through out the area, in front of  politicians,  other schools, at tournaments,  town harambees, to KWS and others.. Its very popular, and does a great job in spreading the word!.. one of the interesting issues following 30 years of no elephants in the area is reminding people how to live with them again.. Some of the people who see this show have still not seen a real one, so lets hope its doing its magic!!

The environment club of the Milgis School putting on a show for a group of politicians who visited the school..

The environment club of the Milgis School putting on a show for a group of politicians who visited the school..

Two of the boys from the school are the Elephant..

Two of the boys from the school are the Elephant..this was new years day breakfast entertainment with some friends on safari!

Titus with his elephant heading off up the lugga after a little show!

Titus with his elephant heading off up the lugga after a little show!

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7 thoughts on “A bowl of Elephants!

  1. Beautiful Birthday Present………and Lion! FANTASTIC !
    Love the double logo……….brilliant, funny that we hadn’t spotted it before, now seems so obvious !
    Miss you both, sending MUCH love, and longing to plan another trip,
    I think our New Year was unbeatable, but then I say that every time!!!
    xoxoxo Sophie and Andrew

  2. Helen – you guys are doing amazing work up there! Everywhere else in Kenya eles are in crisis. What you and Pete and your scouts are doing is making it safe for eles to come back, up north. With them will come everything else that they support and provide for. I think it is the THE success story for eles in Kenya, possibly the continent! Hongera! and love to you both X

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