Annual [Birthday] Fundraising | DSWT, Cause an Uproar, JGI

Running Donation Total (through 12 Aug 2016): $185.00 Good morning, Today is World Lion Day. Friday – my birthday – is World Elephant Day! How appropriate. As many of you know – or at least, I hope you know by now – I use my birthday to fundraise for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Cause an Uproar, and…

This is for the “Soulless Animals”

I responded angrily to the death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was told the gorilla’s life was worth less because it was a “soulless animal.” This is for the “soulless animals.” Imagine being born to the wild. You are part of a family unit before being captured and “gifted” to the Inokashira…

Commissioned Art | Thank You Elephants

Recently, I was contacted by a friend for a commissioned collection. She had spent a month working with an elephant sanctuary, and in turn wanted to say “Thank You” in a unique, one-of-a-kind way. Within two weeks, I delivered her collection, which was to feature one circus-themed elephant. I now present it to you (fronts…

Let’s Trumpet & Roar August 10-12

My birthday is fast approaching (August 12) and in the lead up to it, there are a couple noteworthy dates: AUGUST 10:     World Lion Day, would be my Grandma Sarah’s birthday AUGUST 12:     World Elephant Day, my birthday! As you may be aware, the previous two years, in lieu of gifts, I’ve requested donations be…

“In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions”

In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror. -Goodwell Nzou “In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions,” by Goodwell Nzou, is an op-ed featured in the New York Times (dated August 5, 2015; page A19 in print). Nzou’s…

Cause an Uproar for Cecil the Lion

UPDATE: As of this writing, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has opened and investigation into Cecil’s death by Walter Palmer – and The White House is reviewing the petition to extradite Palmer to Zimbabwe. Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions, was lured from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Beyond the boundaries of his…

Fostering Rorogoi – renewed

Ahead of tonight’s Gardeners of Eden premiere on Pivot TV, as promised, I’ve made a donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. With 25% of my earnings and a base donation, I’ve renewed my fostering of Rorogoi for another year. If you’ll recall, Rorogoi was rescued by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on October 10, 2013. While…

Gardeners of Eden + my pledge to DSWT

Tonight, Gardeners of Eden (2014), produced by Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), premieres on Pivot TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Described as a gripping story of Kenya’s struggle to combat elephant poaching, Davis’s documentary features The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Visit Pivot TV’s Gardeners of Eden page As a supporter of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and…

Book Review: Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story

Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story | Dame Daphne Sheldrick | 322 pgs. | rating: 4.5/5 Set before “Dame Daphne’s” described African backdrop, Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story is a breathtaking portrayal of a fulfilled life not without its challenges. The reader learns of her wild upbringing, her adolescence and of love found…

New Art: Endanger Cancer, not Elephants

I created this piece, Endanger Cancer, not Elephants, because I love and am passionate about saving elephants – and because I know several breast cancer survivors. I want this to be a symbol of hope for them. On the surface, elephant poaching and cancer may seem like vastly different issues – and you’d be right to say…

Blog Feature at “Darden Digest;” link to “Eluxe Magazine”

As many of you know, during the week of August 10, I was fundraising and advocating for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, National Geographic’s Cause An Uproar and Save The Elephants. On social media (facebook and twitter), I announced I’d be donating 100% of my earnings (Aug. 13) to elephant conservation, to celebrate World Elephant Day and my…

Sincerely, thank you! We raised…

UPDATE (8/23):  A $25 donation was made in my honor on August 22, 2014, raising the total amount of funds raised (see below)! Hello everyone.  First, let me begin by saying thank you to everyone who supported Cause an Uproar, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and Save the Elephants this week, in honor of my…