Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson Conservation Photography | CONSERVATION LINKS

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than oneself."
LOREN EISELEY, The Ghost Continent

from the book, Walking Thunder

Africa, the greatest show on earth beckoned like a great heartbeat over thirty years ago. There is an abiding fever in the light where life and death, terror and beauty merge as no other place on earth. Africa is where Rimbaud grew a new skin, became a human hyena scavenging experience as the Europeans plundered her soul for its riches.

On September 11th 2001, Marie and I witnessed an ecstatic Ngoma dance at the base of Mt Ngiro, where Ngai, the supreme deity resides. It is the Samburu who have as their supreme totem, the elephant, a being which some clans were said to be able to command at will. Today the elephant is threatened as never before. If the current killing of elephants continues for toothpicks, statuettes, hanko stamps and cigarette holders we will lose a great pillar of existence, one which will impact our future civilization. We may not be able to bear the loss of a being with whom we migrated out of Africa, tens of thousands of years ago.

If there are lessons to be learned from that inimitable continent, it is that Africa’s lessons are our own. Her first peoples are the oldest on earth, her nomads are some of the last to wander the vast sands of the absolute horizon, which stands as our earliest memory. Her first peoples, like the great storytellers, the Bushmen of the Kalahari, are among the ontological immune system of the human race. In her being resides a critical relationship to abiding on earth. Africa stands as the shadow of our beginnings, cradle to humanity and great mirror to what we are in the process of becoming, a thirsting purgatory caught between origin and our common fate. --Cyril Christo 2010

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2   Link   Conservation International
3   Link   Save the Elephants
4   Link   Tusk International
TUSK is a dynamic organization with considerable experience in initiating and funding conservation and community development programs across Africa. Their projects not only work to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also to help alleviate poverty, through sustainable development and education among rural communities, living along side wildlife., helping to people to view wildlife as an asset rather than a liability. The goal is to reduce human wildlife conflict and improve livelihood in these rural communities, through the protection of wildlife and sustainable use of natural resources. Tusk was founded in 1990 and Prince William became a Royal Patron a few years ago.
5   Link   David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. Their work includes protection against poaching, safeguarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing problems of animal welfare and providing veterinary assistance to animals in need. They are most well known for the orphanage in Nairobi, which rescues and provides hand-rearing for orphaned elephant calves, along with rhino. They have hand reared more than 100 orphans, rehabilitating them, and returning them to a protected area when grown.
6   Link   Panthera
7   Link   World Wildlife Fund
8   Link   The Nature Conservancy

Elephant Statistics

The current genocide of the elephant must be stopped and an alarm sounded to the world body while we can.

In 1900 there were perhaps 5 million elephants, in 1950 one million. After the slaughter of the 1980’s over 600,000 were destroyed. Today only about 400,000 remain. If the killing continues the world will lose the last herds by the middle of the 2020’s and the world will never be the same.

Pacquo, a Samburu elder we met in Amboseli, told us that if we lose the elephants only the crazy people will be left and we will lose our minds. There is a bond between us and the largest land mammal on earth that goes beyond biology. It is a karmic bond that ties us we sever at our own peril. All the elders we met agreed that the Creator, the forces that be, were punishing humanity because we had forgotten how to honor Creation, how to respect the elemental powers.

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