The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is the world’s leading elephant conservation organization. A pioneer in the field, they have perfected hand-rearing orphaned elephants, rehabilitating them, and successfully returning them to their natural habitat. DSWT also has poaching patrol units to monitor and protect the elephants after they are released.
One of their earlier success stories involves a mischievous little baby elephant named Ajok, who was rescued in 1990 when he was just a few days old. Those who knew Ajok as a baby describe him as the “original Nursery clown” and a “prankster” who loved to play games, like taking hats off visitors’ heads. Too cute!
Here is Ajok as a baby sharing a light-hearted moment with his dedicated caretakers.
Ajok shows us the undeniable similarities and loving bond elephants have with humans, and he is a wonderful example why we all must fight to save elephants.
African elephants face a number of dangers, including poaching, habitat loss, and trophy hunting. These dangers are so real that in just in the past ten years, elephant populations have dropped by an alarming 62 percent, and conservationists predict they could go extinct by the end of the decade if nothing is done to protect them.
If you are able, please consider making a donation to DSWT so they can rescue and rehabilitate more elephants like Ajok and protect their natural habitats. Even if you cannot donate, you can participate in Ellen DeGeneres’ latest #BeKindtoElephants campaign, which will donate to DSWT for each person who participates. To find out more about the campaign, check this out.
And remember to share this stunning image with your family and friends as a reminder why we must stand up to protect these magnificent animals!
Image Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Facebook