Today is #elephantsppreciationday . The time has come for me to release my first short film through the International Elephant Foundation. -Link In Bio-
Almost 2 years ago I headed back to my once home in Tanzania. At the end of 2017 conservationist Wayne Lotter, whom I’d personally met, was assassinated in Dar es Salaam for the information he’d gathered about poaching in east Africa. For me, it was the time to return and ask some questions.
The answers, it would seem, are not as straight forward as one would believe. A common train of thought that arises is: “If I am not directly buying ivory, then elephant poaching is out of my hands.” I would offer a counter opinion to this.
We all live in a world where wildlife is threatened. It is our joint responsibility to temper our judgement and condemnation toward those who find themselves as the less fortunate, those who commit these acts. Rather, we should consider ourselves as global citizens, who have an active role in influencing a system that brings about such disparities, allowing those in power to manipulate and corrupt.
We are not nations, nor races or castes…we are brothers and sisters in a world that is quickly losing the very things I have come to know as iconically beautiful, and universally special.
It’s our fight…..all of us, together!.
You and me!
I never ask people to share my work, but if you are so inclined then I’d love for the optimism shown by these conservationists, who are finding new ways to solve these problems, to be spread around. We could all do with a Tanzanian smile at the moment.
Huge thanks to @hazymusicc for gifting me his beautiful track Cosmos for the end of the film.
Kaka yangu @safariguideexperts , astane sana just isn’t enough. You made this happen. Your passion for conservation is an inspiration.
To all else who supported and guided.....you know who you are. .
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