As I get ready to visit the Sheldrick and my adopted baby elephant, I saw their video about this elephant baby. Wendi is one of the elephants who’s life was saved by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and she just brought her new wild born baby back to “her” family! When I read the story of Wendi, it reminded me of my image. The elephant family that I photographed (above) was in South Africa and it was the most adorable siting. None of the elephants could resist fussing over the wee little newborn! And I could not resist snapping image after image either!
There have been many safari inspirations for me, but the Tarzan movies were huge. The Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies are still vivid in my mind; I confess that I still watch them on late night TV. My brother and I had ceramic gorilla banks, and we would sit in front of the TV watching the Tarzan movies with our ape friends! I’m sure mom would have preferred that we were outside while tirelessly practicing our Tarzan calls.
I absorbed the Tarzan movies and books with glee, and they fueled my imagination and desire to go to Africa. I am sure that I have now seen all 52 Tarzan movies, and I am just as excited today as I was when I was five that number 53 isn’t that far away!
Since I was a little kid, I’ve loved elephants, and now that I am a big kid and have seen wild elephants, I am no less enamored. I promise to write about more than just elephants, but they are my favorite, and so I really can’t help myself!
I made this video on iMovie 5 yrs ago and was considering updating it, but then it I felt like it still worked pretty well. Some of the images are film scans, and the footage is all handheld, but I think you will enjoy it. Do wait for the closing scene of the video to see what is was like when we were mock charged by a young bull elephant in musth.