Love, Life and Elephants

  • Location
    Jupiter, Florida
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
  • Group Type
    Community-Based Program

The Problem

It can sometimes be easy to feel discouraged and disheartened by the news. We might feel like one person can not make a difference. We might hear more sad stories then happy ones. The orphaned elephants of Kenya all have sad stories, but thanks to one woman (and those who worked with her along the way) these elephants survive and their stories have happy endings.

Our Plan

We will learn about Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the stories of their little charges. In honor of Dame Daphne Sheldrick\'s birthday, we will celebrate the life of one woman and the major impact she had on elephant conservation and protection. We will learn about elephants through a presentation and then watch the Imax movie Born to be Wild! We will speak up for elephants and celebrate the successes of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (and the individuals that create this impact)! Happy Birthday Daphne!

Themes Addressed

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    Reasons for Hope
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Love, Life and Elephants was indeed loved! We had a much larger turnout than expected. The families were fully engaged and interested.

Through this project I/we learned:

Ideas we think might not be well-received are sometimes the most popular! The presentation from Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust was immensely successful! So many hands were raised to ask questions and participate! The documentary, Born to be Wild, was also enjoyed and the children particularly loved coloring and displaying their own orphaned elephant pictures.

What I/we might change:

I would advertise these events more. I would potentially open it up to be virtual and in person, as we welcome even more people when we make the events open to those out of our local area.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite moment was when a small six year old girl came up to quietly ask me about why the elephants were orphaned. She knew it was because poachers may have hurt or poisoned the mother elephant. This young, sweet child knew more about the state of poaching and harm to our wildlife than many adults in attendance.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust offers FREE educational resources, including a presentation with wonderful notes for you to present yourself, coloring sheets, word search and crossword puzzle sheets, as well as templates to write your own letters to local governments asking for action to protect elephants. The documentary Born to Be Wild is a child-friendly movie featuring Sheldricks as well as Orangutan Foundation International's Birute Galdikas and the orangutan orphanage there.

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