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!
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!
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!!