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…

An open letter to Dame Daphne Sheldrick

I fear our world won’t regard the lives of animals with emphasis, or urgency, until we’ve realized the equality of mankind entirely. -Bobby Myers, 23 June 2016 For many of you it is common knowledge that I am an avid supporter of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Some years ago, I learned of an organization…

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…

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…

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…

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…