My daughter was complaining to me last night that she had no one to play with on the playground at school for a couple of days, because a group of her friends had formed “the elephant club.” One of the girls had learned about endangered elephants, and so they formed a club to learn about them, play “elephants” and try to figure out if there is anything they can do to help them. Why on earth wouldn’t my daughter want to be involved in something so noble?
So, I decided to educate her on how amazingly intelligent elephants are. I showed her film footage from Youtube of an elephant painting a self portrait holding a flower. It is a stunning painting and truly so special to watch. Click HERE to watch this video.
I also told her the story and read her an article about Lawrence Anthony, who is known as “The Elephant Whisperer.” The story goes that when Anthony died this past March, two herds of elephants that he had once saved walked in a funeral procession-like line for 12 hours and stayed for two days outside of his home in Africa. Look at this incredible photo that was taken of their procession.
The story is so moving, and if you’d like to read the whole explanation, click HERE to go to a good article.
Elephants are truly incredible creatures, and I really do hope that my daughter decides to join “the elephant club.” To support the 2nd grade girl’s darling plight, here is a a website for the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project (AEACP) whose mission states:
The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project (AEACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the diminishing number of Asian elephants left on our planet through its work with domesticated elephants. The AEACP raises funds through donations and the sale of artwork created by elephants in order to fulfill its mission.
Click HERE to go to their site to learn more about this incredible organization.
There is only one song I could choose for today. Henry Mancini’s 1961 “Baby Elephant Walk” was composed for the 1962 movie, Hatari. It is a simplistic and delightful song with a very catchy melody. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear it. As you listen and take joy in the very sweet song, please be reminded of the intelligence of these extraordinary creatures. Way to go, 2nd grade girls, for taking such careful notice!