Updated: Jun 19, 2021
Then one day in school, we are taken on a surprise trip to the game reserve. We get to see the elephant. We are in awe! We are totally amazed at how gentle this animal is. It’s still amazingly big. Actually, bigger than anyone has described. While on this trip, we are taught about the elephants. Elephants, too, get nervous just like humans. They get angry when provoked, they get frustrated when they are hungry and chased from the farms that were once their migratory paths. And most of all, they are afraid of humans because they see humans killing their kind.
The biggest lesson we learn is that elephants never forget. STE has also embarked on an education program by taking children to game reserves, teaching the importance of the elephants in our world and the need to protect them. They also offer sponsorships to children in the community and have seen great success with these children going all the way to university. These children will be the future ambassadors of protection of elephants.
Partnering with Save the Elephants has great impact to everyone in the community. From the young child, to the adult and to the entire world.
This post is written by Elephant Cooperation’s Field Team Member, Suzzi Helfer, as a reflection on her first to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.