Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Special Unexpected Gifts

Wow, it's been a long time since I first started blogging, and I it's been a long time since my last blog. I think it should be called a bog, because I get bogged down trying to write something, but here goes.

So now I'm posting a new "bog". Summer is here. Our friends from Vancouver, who we see every year when the weather up there is not so hot, were down for a vacation recently. The weather here in the desert was nice, a bit windy at times, but still nice. Some golfing (I took up golfing, FORE! :o ), some tennis, some barbeques, etc. and some painting in between.
This shot ended up on the green across the lake!
Actually, not really :o....kerplunk!

After everyone flew back north, I received a very special unexpected gift from my friends, Craig and Heidi.  

They have fostered an orphaned elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in my name. You can read more about this David Sheldrick, an amazing individual.

My adopted elephant is named Sities. She was found in Southern Keyna by the red thumbtack in the map attached here.

This is how her arrival at Mgeno Ranch was described. "An unusual visitor walked into the Mgeno Ranch Headquarters, within the Tsavo Conservation Area during the morning of 22nd March 2010. This unusual visitor was a bellowing baby elephant, desperate for company and who sent all the Staff scuttling for safety, fearful that the baby’s mother might turn up to claim it. Eventually they ventured out, their sudden appearance frightening the little calf, who ran off a short distance, but then returned, desperate for company. Too young to know fear, being only about 1 ½ months old, the Staff tied it to a tree, and then called Dr. David Ndeereh of the Trust’s Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit, who in turn alerted our Voi Elephant Keepers that an elephant rescue was needed."

Follow this link to meet Sities and learn about her journey after being abandoned probably as a result of poaching.

What a wonderful gift to orphaned elephants and rhinos is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and what a special gift for Craig and Heidi to make a donation in my name to foster little Sities. Well, she is probably not so little I'm sure by now after all the wonderful care she is getting. Thank you!