Tanzania: Rescuing Fele

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Fele is just six weeks old, and he’s already passed all his courses in cuteness! Rescued from the street by TAWESCO, in Tanzania, he wasn’t doing too well and had a bad cold, with a fever and lots of sneezing and coughing.  With lots of good vet care, he should be all better in another six weeks, then he’ll get his rabies vaccine, and be neutered and de-wormed and will be looking for his forever home.

TAWESCO, founded several years ago by Dr. Thomas Kahema, does an amazing job helping the animals in Tanzania.  Their programs include Street Animal Health (veterinary care and spay/neuter), Working Donkey Welfare, Humane Education in Schools and Communities, and Advocacy.

Photo: Courtesy of TAWESCO

To visit the Facebook page of TAWESCO, click here. (Caution: Some photos are graphic.)

INDIA, Ghaziabad: Victory – no elephants and camels to be at temple celebration



Animal advocate Gaurav Jain extends his thanks all the many volunteers from FIAPO, Facebook, and other groups for their phone calls, emails, and other efforts on behalf of elephants and camels who were to appear at a temple event.


The organizing committee of the Vasundhra Jain Mandir Temple, in Ghaziabad, near Delhi, has announced that they are cancelling plans to use elephants and camels during the celebration of Mahavir Jayanti on April 23, 2013.


Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most important Jain religious holidays, marking the birth of Mahavira, the great enlightened being of the Jain religion who lived in the sixth century BC.  Mahavira instilled in his followers great respect and reverence for all animals.


Thanks to Gaurav Jain for this news and to everyone who spoke up for the animals for great work ensuring that the elephants and camels will also have a chance to spend a restful, peaceful day.


Photo:  Dayodaya / Wikimedia Commons / “This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.” / Shri 1008 Mahavir Swami

KENYA: Daphne Sheldrick’s “Love, Life, and Elephants”



In an interview by Jim Fleming on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the best of our knowledge,” Daphne Sheldrick talks about her book, Love, Life, and Elephants.


She had known Eleanor since she was a two year old orphan and had successfully rehabilitated her back into a wild herd.  Occasionally, she went to visit Eleanor, who would come over, greeting her affectionately.  They would spend a few moments together, and then Eleanor would go back to her herd.  One day Daphne Sheldrick wanted to introduce Eleanor to one of her human friends.  They set off to find her, and thought they had spotted her by a waterhole.  She didn’t look quite the same, but she was standing there quite unafraid, so it had to be Eleanor.  When called, she came over.  Daphne Sheldrick stood next to her and put her hand up to touch her behind the ear, as she always did with Eleanor.


It was then that she realized her mistake.  The elephant was startled and lashed out, using the same amount of force she would have used with another elephant, sending Daphne Sheldrick sprawling on the ground.  A moment later she felt the elephant trying to pick her up with her tusks.  With her knowledge of elephants, she knew the elephant would already have killed her if that was her intention.  Instead, she was trying to help her.  Daphne Sheldrick had a broken leg.  The elephant gently touched her with her trunk, trying to help, but seeing that there was nothing she could do, after a few minutes, she turned and walked away.


Daphne Sheldrick discovered later that this elephant, who she called Kathryn, was Eleanor’s best friend, and apparently the two must have had a talk with each other about Daphne Sheldrick, because Kathryn, a wild elephant, had immediately trusted her and even came when called. Kathryn only lashed out when she was unexpectedly startled, and then she was sorry, not having intended to cause any harm.


Daphne Sheldrick’s book, Love, Life, and Elephants recounts stories of a lifetime of profound experiences with elephants and other wild animals.  Of the elephants, she says they are very similar emotionally to humans.  She is convinced that they communicate telepathically, citing the story of Eleanor and Kathryn, but says that they are “very much nicer than humans.”


David Sheldrick, when he was alive was the founder warden of Tsavo National Park, which is the size of Michigan and which holds the largest population of wild elephants in Kenya.  Daphne Sheldrick worked in the park with her husband, and together they began to care for and rehabilitate orphaned wildlife.  After David Sheldrick’s death in 1977, she continued this work and founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in memory of her husband.  Courtesy of the Kenyan government, she has lived and worked in the Nairobi National Park since that time, caring for wildlife, with a dedicated staff, at the Orphan’s Nursery.


To hear this Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Daphne Shelton online, click here.


To visit the website of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, click here.


Photo:  Sharon St Joan / wild elephants at Samburu National Park,  Kenya

Chennai, India: Kids’ imaginative animal art

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On March 2, 2013,  the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation held an awards ceremony for their environmental program Kindness Kids.  Shri Dulichandji, Chairman, Karuna International, the Chief Guest, gave away prizes to the winners of contests.

“Leave Wild Animals Alone” was the theme of one of the artwork contests. Deer, peacocks, water birds, and other animals are happier and safer when not disturbed by humans.  They can live in the forest by a peaceful river.

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Kindness Kids reaches children in several Indian states, fostering kindness and compassion for animals and the environment.

To view Kindness Kids Facebook page, click here.  

EGYPT: Students spend Sunday with Pyramids horses

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Students from the Cairo American College arrived on Sunday March 24 at ESAF’s Shabramont Shelter (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) to volunteer as part of the college’s “week without walls” program.


Several students joined the weekly mobile clinic for the horses in the Pyramids area, handing out food and providing care to 75 horses —  treating wounds, deworming, and assisting with dental care.


Some of the students stayed behind at the shelter to watch the presentation “Alternatives to Animals in Experiments and Education”, part of ESAF’s program to promote alternatives to animal testing.


Returning from the Pyramids clinic, the students devoted the rest of the day to doing some painting and maintenance work, along with grooming and playing with the animals.


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That evening, the ESAF vet and the GIZA Veterinary Department continued their work inspecting GIZA pet shops. During recent inspections, they found exotic animals being kept illegally.  Following their report to the Director of the GIZA Veterinary Department, action was taken regarding the exotic animals.


To visit ESAF’S Facebook page, Click here. 


 Photos: © ESAF