There comes a point in many people’s lives where they don’t need any more stuff. My parents, and myself too for that matter, have reached that point. For birthdays and other gift giving holidays, they don’t expect or want us to give them stuff. Being told that you are loved and appreciated is a far better gift to receive than soap or ______ (fill in the blank).
One year for Christmas my family made donations to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (http://www.bestfriends.org/) instead of giving gifts to each other. I have done something similar this year to honor my dad for Father’s Day. A baby elephant, Shukuru, has been sponsored in my dad’s name, at a very special foundation, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/index.asp
Since 1977, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has been helping save the lives of baby elephants and rhinos as well as many other conservation programs in Kenya. Their website has a list of all the elephants available for sponsorship, and a description of the other good works they do, such as the de-snaring program and mobile veterinary unit . A recently released film, Born To Be Wild, shows much of what they do in an entertaining IMAX 3D story.
I don’t know why, but I have always been fascinated by elephants. The first wild elephants I saw were in Tanzania in 2007. I was surprised by how silently they moved, covering a long distance in a short amount of time. My sister and I were in a safari jeep on a dirt road, and we watched them appear on the horizon on our right, cross the road in front of us, and disappear off to the horizon on our left. You could hear them rumbling and speaking to each other. It was captivating.
Happy Father’s Day Dad. I love you, and I hope you like your elephant!